my friend's tackle shop (along beach road) happen to have 2 available walls, so i decided to print a few pictures for her.
upon some online research, i was pleasantly surprised that poster printing can be very affordable (A1-$5, A2-$2.50, A3-$2.00 and all this is including lamination!!!). however, i was skeptical about the quality.
after consolidating about 30 images w sizes ranging from 2.55mb, 1.6mb (taken on my 30D on jpeg) and 337kb, 451kb and even 181kb (taken on some obscure toy camera and sonyericsson 750i), i decided to give it a try.
apart from some minor cropping, the images are essentially "as they were".
to summarize, to my non-critical eye, i was v v impressed!
the whole thing cost me about $80. and i doubt if a single photo of A1 size will cost below $100.
i am sure fellow enthusiast with better equipment, who took the extra effort to show RAW, do more post-process will achieve much better result.