While not new, today I got to try first-hand the Fuji Aladdin 2000 Picture Center at a local Wal-Mart.
I’d used Wal-Mart’s online photo services before, and have always been impressed at the simplicity and cost ($0.26 per print), but I was frustrated that I had to wait 7-10 days for the photos to arrive. When I spotted the Fuji Photo Kiosk on the weekend, I decided to give it a try.
I took one of my photo CDs and inserted it into the kiosk — it also accepts Compact Flash and SmartMedia cards. There’s an option to selectively manage and print images, but I chose the “Select All” option as I was short for time.
I entered my name and the number of sets I wanted, and within 15 minutes my prints were printed on Fujifilm paper. I didn’t try the other functions, but apparently the machine can also rotate, zoom and crop images, along with a red-eye reduction feature.
For the convenience, I paid $0.29 cents per print, marginally more than Wal-Mart’s online service.