Online photo labs aren't created equal. We test the best, from Shutterfly to
Snapfish, Adorama to Wal-Mart, and find some surprising results.
This site will spoil you. Prices are among the lowest, quality is good, and service is fast and clean. ImageStation is fun and easy to use, and it frequently offers special promotions that will encourage you to try new things (e.g., a 20x30-inch poster for just $13.99). Could you want more? If you do, upgrade your free membership to Silver, Gold, or Platinum levels, and receive discounts and free prints.
HOT: Great quality and 12¢ 4x6s; fast turnaround; easy-to-use interface; uncommon specialty gifts (picture cookies, Rice Krispies Pops, playing cards, and many others).
NOT: Some specialty gifts are pricey.
WAL-MART PHOTO CENTER
You can pick up your final prints at your local Wal-Mart -- that's convenient -- and you can upload TIFF image files. Beyond that, sadly, there's not much to recommend Wal-Mart's Photo Center. The quality of the prints we received was substandard. Our biggest gripe: Wal-Mart charges $7.40 per year for every 100MB of album space, when nearly every other site offers unlimited free storage.
HOT: $1.96 8x10 prints; accepts TIFF files.
NOT: Poster print just plain awful; must buy storage space (74¢ per 10MB block per year); 4x6 prints disappointing.