Photobox photo books test: rich offer, disappointing impression

An indented digital print

At Photobox there is good and not so good. Digital printing hardly convinced us. In addition to a partly clearly visible frame and rather unattractive color gradients, the lack of sharpness in places is particularly noticeable. Without analyzing the images under a microscope, it’s easy to notice sharpness problems in many of our shots.

WhiteWall – digital printing

Photo box – digital printing

This is even more striking when you compare Photobox’s books to some of its competitors like Cewe or even the ugly duckling Google Photos. Sometimes we even wonder if we are not looking at silver prints, one of the characteristics of which is a slightly rear sharpness. In our example, it is particularly noticeable at the junctions to the left of the “T”. On the Photobox print, they clearly lose sharpness.

As far as colorimetry goes, digital prints have an average Delta E of 5.9, which is still a respectable figure. We observe fairly good management of the grays and blues, although the other colors are quite far from the expected value (3 or less).

A less faithful silver print

The silver print offers colorimetry that drifts up to 7.4, the highest reading to date. We also observe exposure problems in our images. We’re certainly used to the lack of contrast in silver prints, which lag a bit behind in black, but here a filter seems to have boosted the exposure of all of our shadow areas. Photobox does not indicate whether there is an automatic adjustment of the recordings in its laboratories. But if we look at some of our images, we can reasonably assume that this is the case. And that is hardly relevant in our case.

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