Online photo labs aren't created equal. We test the best, from Shutterfly to
Snapfish, Adorama to Wal-Mart, and find some surprising results.
ADORAMAPIX is a great choice for serious amateurs and professionals who want to download color profiles and upload TIFF images -- two things that are impossible with many of the other vendors. Quality is tops and turnaround time terrific (48 hours). If it's specialty gifts and gadgets you're after, shop elsewhere. But for clean, quick service and great quality, log on.
HOT: Great FAQs and online help; downloadable color profiles; accepts TIFF files; poster shipped flat (not rolled); $1.99 8x10 prints; excellent print quality.
NOT: No specialty gift items; confusing user interface; we had to disable our cookie blocking to place order.
Frequent users should like DotPhoto's monthly print plans -- $13 buys 45 4x6s and 10 5x7s, for example -- and volume users can save dough when ordering large quantities (500 or more 4x6s cost just 10¢ apiece). More important, everyone will love the fabulous quality. The ordering process could be a bit faster for our taste, but the turnaround time (three days) makes up for it.
HOT: Outstanding quality across the board; monthly print plans; fast service; ability to add audio to images in albums.
NOT: Weak customer service response to
e-mail (though good response when contacted by phone); sluggish ordering process.