I am well known for my love of photobooks so when Saal-Digital showed up on my Facebook feed, I thought I am going to give it a test drive and write an honest review.
Saal-Digital is a German company specializing in photographic products such as Photobooks, Calendars, Wall decors and other.
Their Software downloaded very fast and installed without any problems. Once you get use to it, it is fairly easy to navigate through it. After opening, the screen presents different products, sizes and paper types to choose from. Inside the photo book menu, you can choose different layouts for your book. You can customize the layout to your taste. I like simplicity so this option is very important to me.
Photo book quality
Square format is my favourite but they offer only 19×19 cm, which is a bit smaller than the UK standard 8×8 inch format (21x21cm). Therefore I went for A4 landscape format this time.
I have chosen their Lay-flat photo book printed on a matte photographic paper with a matte cover.
The printed quality of the photographs is nice. The Matte cover is lovely with a nice colour reproduction. You can see that the pages are printed on the real photographic paper. I would recommend this book for family photographs or photo projects but not for wedding or fine art projects.
Luckily, Saal offers photo books with extra thick paper, so I am tempted to try these as well.
I ordered the book on Monday and it arrived exactly a week later. That is very impressive considering they were shipped from Germany.
Value for money
In my opinion the books are a good value for money, however I prefer the 21x21cm standard size, which I can get printed here in UK in very similar quality and price.
In overall, if you are looking for a good quality photo books for your family or travel photographs then you can’t go wrong with this choice. I rate the Saal book and service 4.5 out of 5 stars because of smaller square size.
I hope you found the review helpful. If you have any questions at all, just get in tough and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Let me know, whether you like creating photo books too and what is your favourite photo lab.
If you haven’t made one yet, read my other blog post Why should you invest in photo books? and you might give it a go.