Highly recommended by numerous photography and tech sites, Snapfish is the leading online digital photo storage and printing service, for good reason. A dazzling array of uploading options, tools for organizing and editing, creative features and user-friendly tutorials, plus outstanding customer service, have critics hooked on Snapfish. Photo storage space and project options are as unlimited as the deep blue sea. Oh, and the prints don't look half bad, either.
Get your feet wet or dive in. A distinctive feature that Snapfish offers its members is a service called PictureMover, a free application that can be downloaded and installed on your computer, allowing users to automatically upload selected photos from a camera or media device directly to Snapfish. While PictureMover is a convenient time-saver, it's certainly not required. You can still manually import from your computer, or even straight from social media sites.
The Snapfish website is easy to navigate, if somewhat utilitarian. What it lacks in funky graphics it makes up for with functionality. Even a technically challenged fish out of water will get along just swimmingly with the easy-to-use tools. Sharing your photos on social media is a snap; you can even upload photos directly from Facebook and Flickr accounts.
Snapfish's Photo & Video Organizer (yes, you can also store videos on Snapfish) allows a number of options like sharing, tagging, searching, captioning, arranging and creating projects without opening each photo individually. And of course you are provided with editing options to make simple picture adjustments. A favorite feature of editors at TopTenReviews.com is the capability to print captions right onto the back of prints.
Better than the originals. When TopTenReviews.com submitted the same set of digital images to Snapfish and nine other digital printing services, the quality of the Snapfish prints was number one. Snapfish actually made notable improvements to the original digital files, reducing some yellow tones in a black-and-white print and delivering a clean and crisp aerial shot.
Anything but a billboard. You will be amazed at the crazy things Snapfish can put your photo on. Not just a coffee mug, calendar or mouse pad. Please. How about a blanket? Games? Jewelry. Water bottles. Clothing. Stationery. Phone sleeve. The list is exhaustive.
An iOS app allows you to upload, view and print your photos on the go, a great way to save storage space on your device. If you don't have an iPhone, you can do the same thing on a smartphone's web browser.
Coming in at roughly 9 cents per 4-by-6-inch print, Snapfish's pricing is commensurate with other similar online photo sharing and printing sites, though slightly higher than some discount retailers for larger prints and gift items. For registering as a new member you'll get a bunch of free prints. The one catch is the shipping prices, which can be expensive -- and confusing. Snapfish offers in-store pickup at Duane Reade, Meijer, Walgreens and Walmart, but before ordering, check availability of the product at the store location you choose. Search the web for discounts and coupon codes, which are readily available.
In addition to gift items, there are a multitude of photo projects and suggestions compiled by Snapfish, with user-friendly tutorials to guide you through the basics. You'll also find photography articles and tips from professionals to help you take better pictures.
Helpful and live support. Snapfish offers a number of customer service options: telephone, email or live chat. In 2005 Snapfish was acquired by HP, an international giant in the printing industry. There are sections for returns and refunds, uploading hints, promos and coupons. Snapfish typically runs a promo giving free prints to new customers, so you can try the service essentially for free before fully committing. Snapfish is a global service, with web platforms for over 20 countries.
Review Credibility: Excellent Snapfish is rated 10 out of 10 and given the 2013 TopTenReviews Gold Award for excellence in digital printing. TopTenReviews tested quality by sending the same set of digital images (a sunset, a black-and-white and an aerial view) to several different printing services. Price and quality are compared side by side with nine other similar service providers. Features and service are compared against the other top three competitors. Snapfish outperforms in all categories.
Review: Snapfish, Editors of TopTenReviews.com, Not dated
Review Credibility: Fair Snapfish is reviewed as the top photo-printing site by Lifehacker.com. No methodology for their decision is listed, but Fitzpatrick notes that when reviewing photo-printing services the end product is often very similar, and sometimes it comes down to trying out things like bulk photo uploaders and built-in editing tools to see what you are most comfortable with.
Review: Five Best Photo-Printing Sites, Jason Fitzpatrick, Jan. 17, 2010
Review Credibility: Fair Photography-Art-Cafe.com is dedicated to providing a resource for amateur photographers to wade through some of the jargon and emerging technologies. Josh Austin says he has used many photo-printing services over the last several years, and ranks the top five based upon his personal experience. Snapfish finishes in second place.
Review: 5 of the Best Online Photo Printing Services in the World (All Photographers Take Note!), Josh Austin, Not dated
4. Real Simple
Review Credibility: Fair Real Simple magazine chooses five go-to photo sites. Editors pick Snapfish as best for photo printing, citing its seamless photo sharing, fast uploading, creative editing and unlimited storage as can't-be-beat features. "Easy-to-use editing tools make it a cinch to fix red eye and add creative touches such as borders, captions, and more."
Review: 5 Go-To Photo Sites, Editors of Real Simple, Not dated