Although Costco Photo Center is a no-frills, no-fuss digital photo printing service, it gets the job done and gets it done right. Simple to use, this photo printing service allows you to create canvas-size prints, collage photo mugs, calendars, photo books and more that help you preserve those captured memories.
Note: In order to use the Costco Photo Center, you must have a Costco membership.
Costco is known for its wholesale goodies, not photo printing. This fact is made obvious by the photo gifts section. Many digital photo printing services that are dedicated to photo printing have a mile-long list of photo gifts you can create with your favorite images. This online photo printing service still has a great selection that covers all the photo gift basics, however, including:
One place you can see Costco's buy-bigger mentality is in its photo sizes. You can print canvas prints, for example, up to 40 x 60 inches, which is huge! Canvas prints and handbags are two of our favorite photo gifts that this digital photo printing center offers because they are true statement pieces. For basic prints, you are able to print your images from wallet sizes up to 20 x 30 inches, which is a fantastic range.
We were impressed with the in-depth editing tools Costco provides. The majority of the other digital printing services offer a crop tool, and that's it. The Costco Photo Center, however, has a gamut of tools that allow you to adjust the contrast and brightness of a photo, flip or rotate the image and remove red eye. You can also add borders to your images and change the tint.
To test for quality, we sent the same digital photos to a variety of digital photo printing services. In comparison, Costco Photo Center’s prints were decent. To check quality, we took each set of prints received from the online photo developer and laid them down side-by-side for comparison.
Sunset – This was probably Costco Photo Center’s best print. The colors were well lit, with our models highlighted just enough to stand out from the scenery.
Black and White – This photo developed with more yellow than we wanted, but the print still looked great.
Aerial – This picture came out crisp and clean, and we appreciated that the colors in the photo looked had more depth.
Uploading new photos is a simple process. With the Costco Photo Center, you are able send photos from your mobile phone – transferring them from your phone to your personal Costco photo printing account, which will save space on your phone. You can also email photos to your digital photo printing account as attachments or upload images straight from your computer or media source. When you upload photos, you can choose to filter them into a new album or use one of your existing albums.
There is a variety of upload choices, but we wish Costco gave you the added bonus of being able to upload photos from your Facebook account.
The Costco Photo Center offers generic customer service options, such as a FAQs section, technical support telephone number and a customer support form. If you have a general question about a general procedure, the FAQs section may be perfect to meet your needs. We were disappointed that there are no video tutorials or live chat support available.
The Costco Photo Center could have been a super generic digital photo printing service, as the company's focus is with its other offerings. We are surprised and pleased, however, with the editing tools available, a decent list of photo gifts and the variety of print sizes. The quality of the prints could have been better, but we were still pleased with the vibrant colors in our sunset picture. The excessive cropping at the bottom of our aerial picture was not ideal, however, so we suggest that you specify your cropped areas.
Costco Photo Center has an easy-to-use interface and a simple ordering process.
The black-and-white photo treatment produced yellow undertones, making it look more like a sepia print.
This digital photo printing service is simple to use and has great editing tools.