Any digicam is (technologically) sufficient. The hard parts are 1. Controlling the lighting so that face is more or less evenly lit. 2. Printing good-enough quality to pass off as prints. Most of the cheaper inkjet/inks either smudge easily or fade too fast (with 1 year?)
I have done so for both my passport and my driving licence.
Setup: S602 + bounced ext flash + tripod + white background (wall)
Adjusted curves and unsharpmasked in Photoshop.
Printed on photo paper using Epson Photo 810.
You may not save much $$$ but you get the EXACT smile/look you want to appear on the photo.
If you are using A60 or other P&S DC without ext flash, you can experiment with other light sources at home or daylight.
I have done it numerous times for myself and family members. For passport, driving licence, membership form etc.
Similar setup to HOCL accept I am using CP5700 with SB80DX.
4R prints about eight passport photos.
I even did one for my 7 month old niece, quite tricky for this one.
After a while, it takes only a few minutes to churn out a decent photo. Another great advantage for DIY is you can stamp out any pimples etc. My pro lab prints 4R for 30c and I get 8 passport photos, isn't that economical? :thumbsup:
Erm, to be very strict about the pricing, you have to factor in the CP5700, your flash, the computer hardware costs, PS, and the amount of time n effort for the expertise in shooting n post-processing. In other words, it doesn't cost just that extra '30c' for everyone.