ALDI Photos review

Reviews
Published 
6 Jan 2012
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Our Rating 
2/5
Price when reviewed 
0.05
inc VAT

Although it's cheap, ALDI's photo printing leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to quality

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ALDI's web-based upload engine starts by asking if you want your prints at a 4:3 digital ratio or a 3:2 classic aspect ratio, as used in 6x4in prints. With that choice made, a Java uploader launches and you go through a fairly standard process of dragging your chosen JPEG images to the site's upload box.

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There's also a downloadable Windows application to upload prints, but it provides few features that ALDI's web interface doesn't have. It's also unable to browse libraries and shortcuts easily. The program helpfully alerts you in cases where it believes photos to have already been optimised using image editing software, and prompts you to disable Automatic Image Correction; however, the image optimisation box was still checked for each photo even after this.

You're also prompted to apply red-eye correction, which we appreciated. Once again, you can choose between Original Format and Classic Format - these are actually digital (4:3) and traditional (3:2) aspect ratios, although it's never made clear what difference this makes, as a pull-down menu lets you select both digital and traditional sizes for your prints. A final option in the software allows you to submit orders by post on a CD or DVD.

Photo graphs

This graph totals our blind test scores from all the prints in a stacked bar graph, so you can see which service did best overall and where their individual strengths lie - click to enlarge

ALDI offers fewer options and novelty items than most retailers, although the obligatory greetings cards, canvas prints and photo books are still on the menu. There are also only a handful of photo and poster formats to choose from. Price is a redeeming feature and 6x4in prints cost just 5p each, making this the joint-cheapest photo service we've reviewed.

ALDI Portrait

Here's our natural skin tones test, scanned from the actual print, which failed to recreate the subtle, fair tones of the original - click to enlarge

Sadly, although it's a winner when it comes to pricing, the quality of ALDI's prints leaves much to be desired. Our judging panel was particularly unhappy with the rendition of pale colours, including yellow tones - which became greenish - and pale skin tones, which looked dull and almost purple in places. The effect of this slight oversaturation of blue tones was occasionally to a photo's advantage, as in our image of rolling green fields against a blue sky. However, some prints looked slightly fuzzy and out of focus, with a lack of fine detail.

There's no argument that 5p a print is a great price, but it’s not enough to make up for dull photos lacking in detail when you can pay a similar price to get your snaps printed by Foto.com, our Best Buy winning online printing service.

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I have found this service to be excellent, by far the most reasonable,

The prints are done on quality fuji paper, and the results I have had matched the photos taken on screen that have been taken with Canon EOS 1Ds and 40D.

Also I have uploaded a mix of aspect ratios, for example the 16:9 used on most camera phones etc, and the prints have been borderless in the correct aspect ratio.

The uploader currently on the site works faultlessly and readily accepts some of my large file sizes (~8Mb) for over 100 images. The photos come well packaged with contact sheets.

I couldn't recommend this service more!

Rubbish delivery! I ordered
2 × 7 x 5"72 × 5 x 3.5"
88 × 6 x 4"
The other day and they have yet to make an appearance 5 working days later. 3/4 days ago i got an email saying that they have been despatched. They may be cheap but their delivery times show this.

Ordered over 500 6 x 4 prints on the 12th Aug. Now its the 22nd and I've heard and received nothing. Just called and was told can take up to 10 working days even though their site say 4-5 working days inc Saturdays (also in their T&C). Won't be using them again, and I have not even seen the pictures yet.

I ordered 400+ 6 x 4 pictures 4 weeks ago. They arrived promptly, however the quality was disgusting. I have prints of varying sizes, between 4x4 and 4x7. I have phoned the customer services department and was promised a re-print. This was not received after 10 days, so I called again, there was no record of my call. I was promised a call back, 3 days later I am still waiting!! I have called again this morning and have been told again that someone will call me back. I won't hold my breath!! Don't use this service. It's worth paying extra for quality pictures!!