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Guide to Online Photo Albums

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These days, there are a lot of ways to put photo albums on the web for free, or almost free, or for some kind of subscription fee.  The intent of these sites is to allow consumers to upload pictures, invite friends to view them, send photo greeting cards, and sell ancillary merchandise and services.

These sites vary in their restrictions on amount of storage and their promises of retention, but hey! as long as they're free, sign up as often as you like.  There is a definite trend for free sites to run out of money and either be acquired, disappear, or convert to some sort of subscription model, not necessarily in a manner convenient to their current customers. If you expect any of these sites, paid or free, to preserve your precious photos for ever, you are very foolish indeed.  See the casualty list if you doubt.

The list is in approximate order of preference, from the viewpoint of a consumer seeking mass storage; but each site has special merits and demerits, so your preferences may differ.  If you're interested in their printing services, see  my notes on digital color prints.

Amid all these quite similar competing services, some sites have special features worthy of special note.

One final note; these sites vary greatly in what rights they claim you are granting them by uploading your images.  If you care, get your magnifying glass and your lawyer and read a lot of fine print.
 
 
 
Ofoto
sample album
sample scanned roll

15 Free prints as a promotion.

free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
unlimited Yes 10mb browser, drag-n-drop plugin,
ftp-like
direct links to albums are possible. thumbnails, medium size.
Original images are not viewable, but are printed.
4x6  0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 3.99
frames
print quality: usually excellent
Ofoto has the basics, and everything that is there works.  Their uploader application (Ofotonow) has some builtin editing capabilities, including a very convenient redeye remover. Their print quality is usually excellent; among the best among those I've tried. Color and resolution are usually excellent, but exposure  is a trifle over. One batch of prints from Ofoto came back alarmingly blue (see notes). They're also offering inexpensive film scanning;  I was notified that the film had been received a mere 2 days after I mailed it; the actual photos were online 2 days later.  Ofoto tools for rotating the scanned images are pretty inconvenient to use.  Ofoto has no tools for examining the full resolution of the images, so it's hard to evaluate the quality of the scan.
Platform Notes:  Macintosh users are well supported.
DotPhoto.com
sample album

free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
unlimited Yes 10 mb browser, email, snail mail, Windows IE plugin.  Original Images can be downloaded. direct links to albums thumbnails, medium size. 4x6 0.29
5x7 0.95
8x10 2.95
12x18 9.99
print quality: excellent
Dotphoto is adequate as a viewing and sharing site, but their real focus is to sell prints and enlargements; and their print quality is exceptionally good, as is control over cropping of your prints.  If you're primarily interested in getting prints made from your digital photos, this might be the right place.  Besides free storage,  inexpensive print pricing and bulk discounts,. they sell what amounts to prepaid print service at bargain rates. In addition to selling your prints to you, they will also sell them to anyone else at prices you specify, and you get the difference.  They accept almost any form of image through the mail, including undeveloped film and negatives, but seem to have a cavalier attitude about returning negatives or CDs.
Platform Notes:  Macintosh users are well supported.
PhotoAccess.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
accounts dormant 1 year may be deleted. no 10Mb per image. Unaltered originals can be downloaded. browser, ftp-like. direct links to albums. thumbnails, small image, medium size image. 4x6 $0.45
5x7 $1.09
8x10 $2.95
print quality: good.

35mm slide 3.95

slide quality: good

Print quality is now quite good (greatly improved from earlier results).  Nice and sharp but color not quite perfect.
Slides were rendered slightly yellow, and resolved about 22 lpm. Album owners can download the original images.
Platform Notes:  Macintosh users are well supported.
Club Photo
sample album

sample unenhanced scanned roll

sample enhanced scanned roll

free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
free albums are deleted after 90 days yes
$1 prepaid mailers. 
less than 4kx4k browser, album manager, uploader application direct links to albums,
direct links original image.
thumbnails, medium size, original image (paid accounts only).  Slide show. 4x6 0.45
5x7 0.99
8x10 3.99
print quality: good
A good site.  They have a good model for maintaining a private collection on your home machine, along with a parallel published version on the web.  Living Album, is good management software (free), with an inexpensive upgrade available.  Mailed-in film appeared on the web amazingly fast: 2 days after dropoff.  Scans are the usual 1536x1024 picture disk resolution, but appear to have been sharpened to the limit of acceptability, and other wise "enhanced", which may account for the strangely colored sand in the sample roll. Club photo offered to rescan the negatives without enhancement, so you can judge for yourself.   If you are a paying customer, It's possible to download the scanned images one at time through their interface, or buy a CD for $4.69. 
Platform Notes:  Macintosh users are supported by iview

Sony ImageStation
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
unlimited no 2mb browser, email, drag-n-drop plugin, mass upload plugin direct links to albums,
direct links to original images.
thumbnails,  medium size, original image 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 3.45
prints by Ofoto
Sony has apparantly abandoned their earlier, proprietary effort and decided to buy into the business of offering free stuff.  Their album management is from Zing, and their prints from Ofoto.  Their site includes some interesting special effect engines that can be applied to photos.
Platform Notes:  Macintosh users are supported by iview
Eframes.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no not stated browser direct links to albums thumbnails, medium size, full size. 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99
11x14 4.99
also available framed and in combo pages with multiple images  in various sizes on a single print.
print quality: excellent
This site seems to exist to sell you framed prints, although unframed prints are available in standard sizes up to 11x14; and also in "gang" format with multiple prints of the same photo on an 8x10.  Uploading and ordering are a bit cumbersome for multiple photos. My test prints had a slight blue bias, but were otherwise  excellent.
Fotki.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
10mb no not stated, but seems to store full res. browser, copy web URL,activeX control (IE only), compupic direct links to albums, direct links to original image for paid members. thumbnails, web size, original image 3x5 0.09
4x6 0.19
5x7 0.89
8x10 2.79
12x18 6.99
No documentation of their policies or features is provided - but the essential features seem to be present and working. Fotki allows albums to be structured in a hierarchy, like your file system.  If you have a lot of categories, this could be a very useful feature.  Original images are only retained for 4 weeks. Paid members ($30/yr) get unlimited storage, have their original images retained, and some additional value-added services.

Webshots
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no 1600x1200 browser, email, album manager direct links to albums, direct links to images. thumbnails, medium size, full size 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99

prints by Ofoto

Webshots features basic storage and viewing capabilities. 
Site Notes: This site was affiliated by excite@home, but has been sold back to the original developers, rescuing it from excite@home's bankrupcy (for now).
Cartogra.com
HPphoto.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
100 mb no 5mb file size browser,
photo manager
direct links to albums.  Cookies required. thumbnails, zoomable slide show 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 3.99
prints by Ofoto
This site is associated with Hewlett Packard.  It seems to have the good set of standard features.  Their photo manager/uploaded is based on ACDSee.
Free sites:
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
varies, usually multiple megabytes no your choice ftp your choice your choice none

There are many places to get generic free web space these days.  They're not photo sites per se, but any web site could be a photo album with the right HTML.  I found a nifty free program called Albumatic that makes it really easy to create an "album" web site using any of these free services, or for that matter any web space you happen to have access to.  Albumatic automates the process of importing a batch of photos into an album, making thumbnails, adding captions, and exporting the whole shebang to the web site.
NetSnapshot.com
(sample album)
(sample scanned album)
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
unlimited free scanning of existing negatives no apparent limit browser direct links to albums,
deep links to individual photos (good for ebay!)
fit to various sizes, including Original images. no
This site has basic viewing,  no frills, and apparently very limited bandwidth.  The viewer is adequate and the presentation uncluttered.  The main limitation is that upload is strictly one-at-a-time (but zipped collecections can be uploaded).  The free scanning feature is unbeatable! The scans are 1200x800 resolution - a little low but adequate for web presentation. The set of negatives I sent was back in my hands in less than a week.

PrintRoom
sample album

free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
200 mb.  inactive albums are deleted after 6 months no no apparent limit browser, drag-n-drop plugin, mailed CDs, uploader direct links to albums,
direct links to photos are possible
thumbnails, medium size, original image 4x6 0.39
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99
print quality: good
This site provides basic free album upload and viewing capabilities, and would especially like to sell you prints at reasonable prices. Their print ordering service seems well organized.  All the analog characteristics of their prints are good; Exposure was precise, saturation a little low for my taste but within the range of preference (rather than error), and color just a shade bluish.  However, digital scan line and moiré artifacts were visible in large monochromatic areas, especially in large prints.  It's particularly easy to get URLs for ebay use from Printroom.
Shutterfly
sample album

15 Free prints as a promotion.

free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated Yes no apparent limit browser, drag-n-drop plugin, desktop uploader you can issue invitations to view arbitrary sets of images. thumbnails, small pictures 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 3.99

print quality: very good.

The viewer is less featureful than some, and the general site organization is confusing.  They have some interesting options to add effects to images.  Their prints are very good (not as good as ofoto) but have one consistent, flagrant flaw with yellows (see notes) .  Prints include text printed on the back, which some of the partners let you control.  Scanned images are the standard 1536x1024 scans, but because of the tiny viewing size and the inabilty to download, it's very hard to acess the quality or use scanned images for any other purpose.
Snapfish
(no sample album)
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
60 mb.  Inactive accounts deleted after 6 months. yes not stated browser registration required for viewing thumbnails, medium size 4x6 0.59
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99
print quality: excellent
Snapfish will develop, scan,  print and ship your prints and negatives  for a $3.98 per roll.  Not quite free, but the cheapest way I know to get prints and scanning. A sample roll sent to Snapfish, at a nearby location,  took 18 days to reappear as negatives and prints in my mailbox; and the online notification of the prints arrived the same day.  Apparently, some extra-ordinary delay was involved, because Snapfish automated communications (not in response to a complaint) apologized and contained additional freebies in compensation.  Print quality of the analog prints is standard "drug store" quality; a little uneven in exposure, but quite satisfactory color.  High res scans (actually,  picture disk resolution scans) can be downloaded for a fee, starting at 0.89 each, or you can buy a photoCD for $9.99.

photo.Epson.com
(sample album)
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no not stated email, browser, ftp-like,
ftp
direct links to albums,
deep links to individual photos (good for ebay!)
fit to various sizes, including Original images. 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99
prints by shutterfly
Their online viewer is good. New photos arrive in an "inbox" album after an unpredictable delay for processing, and then must be be moved to other albums using a simple web interface.
Not an advertised feature, but you can upload photos directly using FTP to ftpepson.photopoint.com, and you can also download your online photos there.
Platform Notes: This was once an official "powered by" photopoint site, so ran similar software.  They somehow managed to save their content from the wreck of photopoint and reinstitute their service independantly.

Canon Hyperphoto
(sample album)
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
50mb no up to 5mb email, browser,
browser-based uploader
direct links to albums,
deep links to individual photos (good for ebay!)
fit to various sizes, includingOriginal images. 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99
prints by shutterfly
This is apparently the surviving entity, after Canon aquired  photoloft. Signs are that this site will remain and photoloft and other photoloft clones will shut down. 

Their viewer is the best for viewing single images, but is inconvenient if you want to scroll through images at larger than thumbnail size. Uploading can be done from a browser, email, or small ftp-only application 

Platform Notes: 

PhotoIsland
sample album
(password is ddyer)
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
50mb no no apparent limit browser, drag-n-drop, ftp-like, compupic guest password required thumbnails, medium size, original image 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99
This site provides the basic organizing, viewing, and photo gift features.  It has a particularly good set of upload options, 
Nikonnet.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
unlimited no 3mb browser, browser drag-n-drop,email direct links to albums thumbnails, web size, original image 4x6 0.59
5x7 2.95
8x10 7.95
This site is "powered by" PhotoIsland
Platform Notes:  Macintosh users are supported by iview
Fotango
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated Yes no apparent limit browser two-click access to albums thumbnails, medium size. 4x6 £0.49
5x7 £0.99
8x10 £1.99
This site is based in the UK, with plans to expand into the rest of the EU.  Prices for full sets of prints from scanned images are substantially better than the single print prices.
PBase.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
unlimited no unlimited browser, single files or zipped collections direct links to albums, direct links to images thumbnails, medium size, large, original image no
This site is a quirky, personal effort, supported by the goodwill of the management and donations from the users.  It's  adamantly noncommercial, no banners, no products.  Pbase also gives you more control over the presentation than most sites.
Jan 2002: Pbase announced that they will start charging for all services, though the exact terms are not stated.

GroveStreet.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no 2mb browser, ftp direct links to albums thumbnails, medium size, large, original image no
(grovestreet has been offline a lot of the time recently due to fallout from the WTC disaster)
The basic features you expect are here, and the owner/operator is obviously putting a lot of thought and effort into making a site which is not just a me-too to all the other sites.  Best of all, he seems to read and respond to his email.

PictureCD.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
unlimited no 2mb  browser, compupic direct links to albums are possible.  thumbnails, medium sized, original image no
This site is associated with PhotoDex.com.  It has basic viewing and sharing facilities, but nothing special.  The uploader deals poorly with oversize images.

PictureTrail
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
50 mb no no apparent limit browser direct links to albums, direct links to individual photos thumbnails, uploaded size 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99
Their albums are basic, simlar in style to ememories, with thumbnails down the left side and a viewing area in the rest of the frame.  The site is easy to use and works well. 

 Yahoo Photos
sample album
first print order (15 prints) free
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
15 mb yes your choice browser, any URL direct links to albums,
direct links to photos are possible.
thumbnails, full size. 4x6 0.49
5x7 1.99
8x10 4.99

prints by Shutterfly, quality: very good.

This site is developed for yahoo by shutterfly.  Everything works but there's nothing fancy here. Scanning service is by Photoworks (formerly Seattle Filmworks).
ImageEvent.com
sample album
View full image in new window
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
50 images free.  $24.95/yr for 1500 no 5mb browser, browser based uploader direct links to albums are possible.  Direct links to images are possible. thumbnails, small size, other intermediate sizes up to 
Original images.
4x6 0.45
5x7 0.95
8x10 2.95
This site works pretty well and has some nice customization features, but the limit of 50 images will limit its usefulness except to paying customers.

PhotoAlbumWeb
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
450 images no 1 mb, images resized browser direct links to albums are possible.  thumbnails, medium size no

This is a basic viewing site with a distinctive and clean overall look.  Albums are presented as moving filmstrips and individual pictures appear in pop-up windows when clicked.  Software restricts image size to 1mb, but since all images are resized down to the presentation size, that isn't the real limitation.

Imira.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
20 mb no 2mb.  Uploader defaults to an image reduced to web resolution. browser, ftp-like. direct links to albums, direct links to photos are possible. thumbnails, full size not yet
This site is associated with Ulead software.  It's very rudimentary at the moment.  Their uploader/browser, Ulead Photo Explorer, is mostly excellent, but insists on mangling photos upon upload.  Defaults produce web resolution images, and it's not possible to fully override the defaults.
PictureFuse.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
unlimited no 250K (4000 x 1280, for pano's) 1280 x 960 normally browser direct to private or public galleries thumbnails, reduced size, full size not yet
This site is fairly clean and simple in appearance, but the 250K limit on file size and browser-only upload severly limit its usefulness.

Photo.net
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no not stated, no apparentl limitation browser direct links to albums thumbnails, meduim size, Original image. no
This site aspires to be a place for serious photographers to display, discuss, criticise, and learn.  The interface requires you to record some technical details about each photo, and uploading is one at a time, both of which discourage mass presentations.

DigitalFridge.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no 1.4mb browser direct links to albums are possible. thumbnails, medium size.
Original image.
no
This site is associated with Kensington, who sells digital frames.  The site a a pretty minimal feature set, but the presentation is fairly clean and simple, and it works.

PictureStage.com
no sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
50 mb free, 100mb for 29.99/yr no not stated browser, ftp-like. guest password required, direct links to images. thumbnails, small image, Original image. 4x6 $0.49
5x7 $0.99
8x10 $2.99
This site is "powered by" PhotoIsland.  This site has some neat special effects engines in their "photo workshop" area, including warp, morph, and montage effects.  Temporary links (for ebay) are active for 3 months.
Platform Notes:  Macintosh version of the uploader utility didn't work for me.

YourPhotos.com
(no sample album)
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated No no apparent limit browser No thumbnails, medium size, original image 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99
Uploads to this site are strictly one-at-a-time. There's no apparent provision for sharing or links.

PhotoASA
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
10mb no your choice browser, album manager direct links to albums thumbnails,  chosen size no
This seems to be mainly a demonstration site for the host company, hoping to attract customers who want similar sites.  Everything works, but it's all very basic stuff.

Photocountry.com
sample album
sample image
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated, approximately 25mb no no apparent limit album manager direct links to albums, direct links to original image thumbnails, original image no
This site is lacking many basic features, but is apparently still under development.

Geofoto
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
20mb soon 2mb browser, direct links to full original photos are possible. thumbnails, medium size,
Original images.
Yes, prices in Singapore $, checks only.
This site  is based in Singapore. interface is somewhat confusing, but works once you figure it out.  The upload tool is unresponsive to inputs while uploading, but works. Direct links are valid only for 2 weeks.
MSN communities
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
30 mb no no browser direct links to albums thumbnails, full size none
Microsoft's community web site.  Nothing special, but linked to their other services.

SeeMeSmile.com
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no 500k file size browser direct links to albums thumbnails, small size not yet
New site with basic services only, so far.
Site down on Jan 22, 2002

Photos.Lycos.com
(sample album)
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no 5mb browser ddirect links to albums are possible. thumbnails, small size,
Original images.
no
Viewing "small size" image actually loads the full size.  Not very smart.

EZPrints.com
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
Images retained for 90 days. no no apparent limit browser (with smart java applet), ftp-like uploader, mail-in CD direct links to albums,
direct links to photos are possible.
thumbnails, full size. 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.95
8x10 2.95
Print quality: very good
This site seems primarily interested in selling prints, with viewing and sharing as afterthoughts.  Particularly, there is only one album per account, though you are encouraged to create more accounts; Their uploader application only uploads images for printing;.  Viewing is limited to thumbnail sized and full sized images, with nothing in between.  EZPrints can be used as the fullfillment shop for Photoreflect. Their turnaround is speedy, as advertised.

FotoTime
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
30 day free trial. 23.95/yr for 250 mb no no apparent limit browser, album manager.
Batch downloads are also supported.
by invitation with registration, or open access to all public pictures. thumbnails, medium size, original image. 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99
 

print quality: very good

This site is uncluttered by advertising, and provides the basic services. Their online viewer is good. They're primarily oriented to maintaining a your site through their album manager, which has some problems (primarily, if you rearrange your hard disk, your web albums get deleted), but works.  Prints were generally very good.  Exposure is very carefully controlled, to the extent that some looked dull and lifeless.  Resolution is excellent.  Color is a little greenish.  Some scan irregularities occured in my tests.
Platform Notes: Mac users are supported by iview a third party album manager.

DigitalPrintStore
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no no apparent limit browser direct links to albums thumbnails, medium size, original image. 4x6 0.50
5x7 1.25
8x10 3.00
This site is a little flakey to use, uses tiny fonts and badly matched colors (red on black does NOT read!).  It also displayed the full sized image in a nonresizable medium sided window, so you pay full download price for reduced resolution viewing.  Overall not a winner.


Kodak PictureCenter
@Costco
@Bluelight
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
200 photos for 6 months yes no apparent limit browser direct links to albums are possible. thumbnails, small size at costco:
4x6 0.24
5x7 0.89
8x10 2.59
Kodak privides a branded photo portal for various retail giants, including Costco, Bluelight, RiteAde, CVS and probably others.  The photo sites and services are very similar,  but the exact list of items for sale and the pricing vary at each site.. Uploads are strictly one-at-a-time. Their viewer only lets you see a small sample image.  Prints seem to be the main reason for this site.

Photoworks
sample scanned album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated yes unlimited, but re-compressed ftp-like direct links to albums thumbnails, small size, medium size 4x6 0.45
5x7 0.95
8x10 1.95
Photoworks is the new name for Seattle Filmworks, a well-known (if not well respected) low cost player in the traditional mail order film processing business.  Analog prints from the scanned roll were good, but the scans are awful (greenish, overexposed: see scanned album) and half the resolution of other services.  Digital images can only be added using their uploader program, which recompresses the images, and is not available for Macintosh or Windows NT.

WebPhotos
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no no apparent limit browser, java applet bulk uploader direct links to albums are possible. direct links to individual photos are possible. thumbnails, medium sized, original image 4x6 0.30
5x7 0.75
8x10 1.99
This site is incompetantly constructed - doesn't work at all with Netscape 4.7, bulk uploader doesn't work with Netscape 6.2, and can't log in using IE 5.5.

LifeSketch
sample album
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
none
20mb for 24.95
no no apparent limit browser, uploader direct links to albums thumbnails, medium size no prints, lots of printed product.
This site is not primarily for direct online viewing, but hopes to support construction of "sketchbooks" and related products.  For $24.95 you get a tiny amount of web space, an instructional CD, and the ability to constuct and buy photo-based products.  In some respects they have a realistic plan that involves real fees for real services, attractive products, and multilevel marketing/mutual support networks.

Unfortunately, the software itself borders on unusable.  Their web-based page contstruction tools repeatedly caused my browsers to crash (and I tried three different browsers), and lots of less serious browser related glitches occurred.



Photochannel
(no sample album)
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
not stated no 4mb browser, uploader plugin direct links to albums thumbnails, medium size, 800x600 4x6 0.49
5x7 0.99
8x10 2.99
This site seems to be generally at an embryonic stage.
Platform Notes:  Broken using Netscape 4.7

www.99photo.com
free storage scanning image size upload album links viewer prints etc.
5mb permanant, 100mb temporary for prints yes not stated browser,  java applet by invitation thumbnails, medium size, original size (only for owner) Yes, see the site for details and pricing in various local currencies.

This might be a site some day, but today it seems to be an embryo, or maybe only an egg.  Located in Singapore and oriented toward selling prints to Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
www.pixfun.com This might be a good site, but they only support Internet Explorer.  That counts as all three strikes in my book.
walmart Walmart runs an online/mail-in photo business, apparently mainly for prints from new film. You can also buy space for uploads..
mysticphotocenter This is primarily a film mail-in site, but will sell you 100mb for $9.95/yr

Specialty Sites

These are not general sharing sites, but have some other useful service for digital photographers.
www.goldirox.com This isn't a sharing site, but a professional web site builder oriented to build you a photo album site.  If you've got more money than spare time, and want to impress your friends with your family photos, this might be your place.
colorslide.com Offers 35mm slides from a variety of digital originals at relatively lower prices and volume discounts.
PhotoReflect.com
samle storefront
sample album
I haven't completely figured this site out yet, but it seems to be oriented toward professional event photographers who need a turnkey web presence, but plan to do their own fullfillment. 

As a Photographer: Their software builds thumbnail-and-proof web sites based on published "events". Their web site takes the customers money and sends you order specifications. You fill the orders and photoreflect sends you your share of the proceeds.   Connection to semi-automatic fullfillment by EZPrints is available.  You have to manually manage the overall process, but the details of uploading and ordering with EZPrints are handled electronically.

As a Customer: Photoreflect.com seems to be a "web shell" that handles the customer interactions and tells the photographers what services the customer has requested, but there is a real photographer back there somewhere who has to actually attend to your order.  If you have an existing relationship with a particular photographer (ie; the"the guy wo shot my bar mitzva") this seems like an excellent way to arrange to buy your prints.


JumboGiant.com
This is a specialty site for poster size prints. Not quite cheap, but the prints are very good.  Color is good but not quite as saturated as from photographic prints. Heavy weight paper was used, which should stand up well.  Shipped (very quickly!)  in a bulky tube - not too tightly rolled!. Overall, as good as it gets, as long as what you are expecting is a poster and not an art-quality print.  One more caveat; most 35MM negatives wouldn't bear critical scrutiny if printed at this size - so digital camera or consumer-level scanner output is likely to be even less satisfactory. 18x24 $19.50
24x36 $24.50
36x48 $44.50
40x60 $99.50


Sites not Yet Evaluated
I know these sites exist, but haven't had time to evaluate them yet.
 
MyEventGallery Heavy java or flash on their front page
ShutterPort
Photofun Their sample
YourPhotos
D-Pics Seems oriented toward professional event photographers
FujiFilm Mail-in film site
PhotoAmerica Prints oriented
PhotoWire Prints oriented
PhotoPush Download oriented
MorePhotos Paid e-commerce site for professional photographers
PortraitsOnline e-commerce site for portrait photographers
ProShots another pro photographer site
PhotoWave another pro photographer portal
VisualWow another pro photographer portal
RitzPix Mail-in film site
SanteeWeb Photo subsection of a community portal (Santee California)
Collages.net pro event photographer site
Ranchoweb.com Not a general photo hosting site, but specializing in hosting images for ebay
Starphoto.net Seems to be a standard-ish site
Photolab.ca Canadian site.  Prints and photo sharing.
PennyThings.com Specialized site for ebay hosting
Picture@.com Specialized ebay aution site, full backups for reliable service.
HobbyStage.net They say they are worthy of mention
ClarkColor.com Film mail-in site with good scans and downloads.
Photobox.co.uk U.K. based site.  Claims favorable press coverage.
fotopic.net a site


Scanning: Details will vary, but the basic deal is they develop your film, scan your negatives, and create an album from your roll of film.  You negatives are mailed to you, and they hope you'll order prints.  In some cases this scan-and-post service is completely free, but at most sites there there is a small charge; and you do get your negatives back.


Original Image: Some sites recompress or otherwise reformat your image, which almost certainly involves some loss of quality, and also destroys the  JFIF information embedded in JPEG files by most digital cameras.  Where I say original image, I mean exactly that, the same bits as you submitted.    Most digital cameras record, exposure, date and other camera specific information about the image. Image browsing utilities that can show you the information embedded in your image include PIE, Ulead PhotoExplorer, and Thumbsplus. Exifread and Exifinfoare specialist freeware utilities that show exif information without frills.


Resolution:  Resolution is frequently quoted in "lines pairs per millimeter" (lpm)
35mm negative, (on a good day) 80-100 lpm
photocd master scan (3kx2k) of 35mm original 40 lpm
1600x1200 digital original 25 lpm (printed perfectly to a 35mm negative)


Iview MediaPro & Iview PhotoMover are a pair of Mac applications that at least aspire to be the de facto common solution to the photo upload and album management problem for the Macintosh.  Several of the major brand photo sharing sites can be accessed through Iview.  Iview setup is a little tricky and the documentation is not great, but the application itself seems to work.

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