Basically a dry lab should have only computers where you put in the mem. cards and a printing machine. Which I suppose is inkjet if it is "dry" (RA4 process uses chemistry..).
1 hour processing shouldn't mean bad quality. It depends on the lab. I've heard of a pro lab in the big city close to me and they do 1hr for negatives and 1.30h for slides. Others do the same with different results.
The problem is that the 1hr service was brought for consumers, so most of the labs do consumer quality stuff. They got operatos who know few more than the basic and the machines are set to low res for faster scanning. Some people got great results from a pro lab that used a similar mini lab model to that one in the Walgreens or whatever. It depends of the lab and operator.
1hr processing fades away because the film consumer is moving to Darth Vader's side, you know. Less clients, less bucks, goodbye frontier/noritsu.
The film photographer goes to labs who they trust in, usually "pro" labs; not often to consumer based places.
Consumers are happy with their crappy P&S, so these places are putting stuff for printing Darth vader's images.
Film images are printed also digitally. The minilab scans them and exposes the RA4 paper with a darth vader RGB beam
(darth vader= laser= darkside= digital)
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