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Online Photo Printing and Sharing in India: A Comparative Analysis

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Online Photo printing space is quite crowded in India with more than 8 players in fray. In US, online printing has a sizeable market that is expected to touch $1 billion by 2011 (Currently at $500 million). However, in India online photo printing market is still at a nascent stage. If Internet numbers show significant improvement, this market is also set to explode.

Even though online photo printing has not caught up with the masses yet, quite a few Indian startups have already launched to get into the game early.

Here are the startups offering online printing and sharing services in India.

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Picsquare is a entrepreneurial venture of 2 IITians started in late 2005: Manish Agrawal and Kartik Jain.

4 X 6 photo print cost Rs. 2.99 / 9c ( offers available from time to time ) free 10 trial prints
Shipping charges Rs. 36 / 100c (first 1-50)
Picture Sharing Personal Photosite, personalized themes,
Storage Unlimited
Uploading photos Single and Multiple photo uploader
Prints available on Mugs, Mousepads, Calendar, T-Shirts, greeting card, collage poster
3rd party Integration Flickr/Picasa Integration
Photo Editing Available
Usability* Excellent user interface. Easy to use.

*My personal opinion

Snapfish India Logo 

Snapfish.co.in is an Indian arm of Global Photo sharing site Snapfish.com backed by HP. It launched in late 2007.

4 X 6 photo print cost Rs. 2.95,  free 10 trial prints, Free album
Shipping charges Rs. 44 (first 1-60)
Picture Sharing Online albums,
Storage Unlimited
Uploading photos Single and Multiple photo uploader
Prints available on Mugs, Mousepads, Calendar, T-Shirts,  Posters, Key Chains
3rd party Integration Picasa Integration
Photo Editing Available
Usability* Average user interface.

*My personal opinion

ITasveer Logo 
itasveer has been in operation since April 2006 and was set up by four IIT Delhi alumni..

4 X 6 photo print cost Rs. 4.00,  free 10 trial prints,
Shipping charges Free Shipping above Rs. 100
Picture Sharing Online albums,
Storage Unlimited storage (100mb p.m. download allowed)
Uploading photos Single and Multiple photo uploader
Prints available on Mugs, Mousepads, Calendar, T-Shirts, , Collage Posters,
3rd party Integration Flickr/Picasa Integration
Photo Editing Available, Excellent Doodlepad feature
Usability* Good user interface.

 *My personal opinion

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Zoom.in is the brainchild of half.com fame Sunny Balijepalli (Co-founder and CEO) launched in September 2007.

4 X 6 photo print cost Rs. 4,  free 15 trial prints
Shipping charges Rs. 25 (flat rate)
Picture Sharing Online albums
Storage Unlimited
Uploading photos Single and Multiple photo uploader
Prints available on Mugs, Calendars, cards and books
3rd party Integration Flickr/Picasa Integration
Photo Editing Available
Usability* Simple and Easy user interface.

 *My personal opinion

Merasnap Logo

MeraSnap is a subsidiary of Knowledgeworkz Consulting, an information management company promoted by V V Kadam and Ravi Urs

4 X 6 photo print cost Rs. 4.40
Shipping charges Rs. 35 (flat rate)
Picture Sharing Online albums,
Storage Unlimited (not sure)
Uploading photos Single and Multiple uploader
Prints available on Laminated photos, frames, writing pads
3rd party Integration No 3rd party Integration available
Photo Editing partially
Usability* Average user interface

*My personal opinion

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SnapGalaxy is subsidiary of SnapGalaxy India launched in 2006.

4 X 6 photo print cost Rs. 4.00,  free 10 trial prints,
Shipping charges Rs. 35 (first 1-25)
Picture Sharing Online albums, personal photofolio, photoblog features
Storage Unlimited
Uploading photos Single and Multiple uploader
Prints available on Mugs, Mousepads, Calendar, greeting card, Posters,
3rd party Integration Flickr/Picasa Integration
Photo Editing Available
Usability* Good User Interface

*My personal opinion

Print Camp Logo

Print Camp is a subsidiary of IRS Soft  – a brainchild of eminent entrepreneurs.

4 X 6 photo print cost Rs. 5.00,  free 10 trial prints,
Shipping charges Rs. 35 (first 1-50)
Picture Sharing Personalized Online albums, Themes
Storage Unlimited (for 1 year)
Uploading photos Single and Multiple uploader
Prints available on Mugs, Calendar, T-Shirts,
3rd party Integration No 3rd party Integration available
Photo Editing Available
Usability* Average

*My personal opinion

Photo Hugs

Photo hugs (launched very recently) is a subsidiary of Calitrow technologies run by Karun, Srikanth and Meher.

4 X 6 photo print cost $ 0.15
Shipping charges $ 2.00 (first 1-70)
Picture Sharing Online albums
Storage Unlimited
Uploading photos Single and Multiple uploader
Prints available on Mugs, Posters, T-Shirts
3rd party Integration Not available
Photo Editing Not available
Usability* Simple UI

*My personal opinion

If some of the above facts are incorrect or I have missed something, do let me know

I would be interested to know what have been your experiences with these online photo print providers.

Are there any more players in this space catering to India?

  1. Rohan says

    Hello,
    Photo Printing space is certainly exploding. Even online printing is catching up. After few international players coming into the picture. Once such interesting website for Invitations and personalized cards I came across was http://www.printkaro.in. I though the designs were really Interesting!

  2. Bhuvana Gobi says

    thanks

  3. Malli Babu says

    super

  4. Jyoti says

    snapfish and itasveer is the cheapest it seems… http://www.iguruji.com/2011/best-online-photo-print-in-india/

  5. Vignesh D M says

    Print your photos on Glass, Wood, Marble, Acrylic…
    Visit us: http://www.glassprintonline.com
    We do direct photo printing on Glass, Wood, Marble, Acrylic….
    We use silver halide based photo exposing technology to expose high resolution images on these materials.
    Call us: 91 9443675719
    We are present in almost all the Cities through our Network.

  6. Vignesh D M says

    We do direct photo printing on Glass, Wood, Marble, Acrylic….
    We use silver halide based photo exposing technology to expose high resolution images on these materials.
    We are the only company having this technology and providing this services in India.
    We have corporate drop shippers around India. Ph: 91 9443675719
    Ours Print will have a minimum of life of 20 Years and will never fade.

  7. Raghu Verma says

    Here is another great Online Photo Printing Comparison Site offering 30 FREE Photo Prints on Signup from Snapfish: Photosmart.in

  8. Neha says

    Another new photo sharing website is http://www.myalbum.in. It is easy to use and allows free upload, storage as well as sharing. There are several other facilities like slideshow creation, embedding and album creation. It has a simple interface and photo upload is very quick. Bulk upload is allowed as well.

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  10. Mayank says

    hi,
    If u want 2 order more than 200 prints go for estudios.in they deliver it free.
    Zoomin offers 15 prints free but price for 4X6 pic is up by 25% as on other sites.

  11. Ravi Nandan says

    Couple of new products have been added by snapfish in there site.

    Canvas printsstarting from Rs. 899.00                 
    Photo Key ring (round)              Rs. 99.00
    Photo Key ring (rectangular)    Rs. 99.00
    Flip books (4×6", 5×7")            Rs. 59.00, Rs. 99.00
    Photo cards (4×8")                     Rs. 375.00 (Per set of 20)
    Photo cards (5×7")                     Rs. 499.00 (Per set of 20)

  12. Ravi Nandan says

    Hi All,

    http://www.snapfish.co.in is now offering collage posters too , 11×14" Collage for Rs. 99.00

  13. Prakash Motwani says

    Send me your email id at praxonline at gmail dot com and I’ll send you a link to get 25 free prints and the best available prices for online digital photo prints. Delivered in India anywhere any quantity for Rs 25. I’ve done all the research and this is the least prices compared for all sizes except 4×6. So go ahead and get big prints for low prices. Enjoy!!

    Available Print Sizes (in inches)
    4X6 Rs. 4.00
    5X7 Rs. 7.00
    2X3 (4 qty) Rs. 20.00
    8X10 Rs. 40.00
    12X15 Rs. 70.00
    16X20 Rs. 200.00
    20X24 Rs. 225.00
    20X30 Rs. 325.00
    Shipping to
    India Rs. 25.00
    USA Rs. 100.00

  14. Mythili reddy says

    Sendmyfoto.com is the only site that offers lowest printing prices for any sized print.

    The prices for 4X6 prints is a flat Rs 2.95 , and 5″ x 7″ at Rs.8.00, 6″ x 8″ at Rs. 15.00 , 8″ x 10″ for Rs. 40.00 8″ x 12″ for Rs. 45.00. Delivery is a flat Rs 30 for 50 prints. Special features on Sendmyfoto includes the ability to print a mix and match of Matt and Gloss in a single Order

    http://www.sendmyfoto.com has integrated with Picasa, Facebook and Flickr and shared albums.Sendmyfoto provides unlimited free storage of photos, and photo sharing.

    Very simple UI and enables quick check out.Has online Photo editing capabilities, you can upload multiple albums at once.

    I recently ordered a couple of my albums and the quality of prints and service is amazing.

  15. Sudhakar says

    There sure are so many players. http://www.photoswift.com is the site i recently used after hearing from one of my friends. They charge Rs. 3.99 per print. The site seemed pretty simple and neat. And the prints were good enuf and delivered promptly as well…. which is all that matters at the end of the day i guess.

  16. crouchingtiger says

    Does anyone know who offers poster size prints with lamination ?

  17. Guru says

    GKVale in Bangalore offers the online this service @ 6×4 Rs 2.99.

    Shipping @Rs 25.00

    Also offers free pickup from more than 15 outlets..

  18. Keval says

    Arun, Thanks for mentioning SnapGalaxy features. I would like to point a minor correction regarding shipping : Rs.35/99c is charges for up to 50 prints.

    Also, SnapGalaxy has recently launched revenue-partnership features that empowers the consumer:
    http://www.snapgalaxy.com/common/makemoney

    I invite all Photo enthusiasts to enroll into these features and start generating revenues by sharing or selling their photos online.

  19. Rajiv Dingra says

    Hi Arun,

    Nice comparison.

    Many more exist.. Have a look at the presentation in this post -> http://www.watblog.com/2007/10/10/hp-launches-snapfish-for-india/

  20. Arun says

    Hey Rajiv,

    Thanks for the link. Honestly, I did not know that so many more players existed in this space (This space is hugely jam-packed). I will try and update this post just to make it a bit more comprehensive.
    Some of the other players include: Rangeelaphotos.com, eyaadein.com, photomasti.com, photojagat.com, 123shots.com and fobaz.com (Whew !)

  21. xoomly says

    I heard 3 of them before but didn’t know that so many of them exists know. Photo printing services as such looks very promising market for Indian web companies . I want to see how they will evolve once they reach critical mass. Whether they will take the Amazon route or will start having their own brick and mortar stores in each city.

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