Although today many photographers want to see their images as photographic prints, a photo industry had missed the digital "train time": the photo labs. This was mainly responsible for five reasons:
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The photo labs were located at this point in a price war, was in the partially produced under production price. Therefore, it is only since that time, a large laboratory (the remaining suppliers have insignificant market share), almost all of the photo collection points (center, drugstores, gas stations, etc.) supplies.
The hybrid technique APS (a film with electronic storage layer) was introduced as a worldwide standard. Due to disputes between the world leaders but with four years of delay. This was in the photo lab (who were involved in this market) is an essential part of the investment volume bound.
In the early years of digital photography, this was either very expensive or of poor quality. In the photo labs estimated that the future contract value digital works incorrectly and invested in the following years, only insignificant amounts.
The manufacturers of inkjet printers used this market niche and fill it still successful since then.
Worldwide there are only in the core of Europe photo production in commercial labs. The world's largest share photo machines that produce the prints on the spot. Even in Germany, whose share has increased in recent years more and more.