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DPhoto offers substantial storage for high quality video and photographs. Whilst its site is slick-looking, we did encounter a couple of issues when trying to access the free membership trials. The site is relatively basic, with few editing tools, but serves as an affordable space to store and share decent snaps.
As with many photo sharing websites, uploading your images here is simple. However, there is only one way to upload images, which is through your browser. As such, this isn’t ideal if you wish to upload photos from your phone or from social networking sites. There are also no plug ins to help support uploading from applications such as Picasa. This could be quite limiting in the long run.
Another issue we had was with signing up. When we clicked to take out a free trial, we were frequently returned to the features page. Eventually we managed to sign up, and the whole process was very quick and simple, but this was an irritating barrier.
The interface is very simple. You simply click on an album, then click “upload” and add files from your computer. However we did find this a bit too simple as there were a lack of editing tools and features. If you’re not really bothered about enhancing your photos or sharing them on social media, this may not be a problem. However, it’s always nice to have the option. You can use the Director and Dphoto tools to quickly organize albums, but this is fairly standard on a lot of photo sharing sites.
In terms of presentation, Dphoto does a good job. Navigation is fairly smooth, the interface is attractive and minimal, and photos look good. Your galleries will also adapt depending on the device they’re being viewed on, so they should always appear professional.
You can set security measures to control who can and cannot view your photos using a password. You can also easily send a link to a particular gallery via email. The system uses Amazon’s cloud infrastructure to back up your photos, so you can rest assured that your originals won’t be lost.
Perhaps the best feature of DPhoto is its storage capacity. This isn’t the largest by any means, but it’s pretty generous considering the low cost of the service. You can also upload large files (200MB photos if you’re a Premium member, and up to 20 minutes of HD video).
Whilst all of this is fine, and looks good, we were still disappointed by the lack of uploading, editing and sharing options on this site. Unless you’ve already very happy with all your photos, we feel that most people will benefit from the tools you can find elsewhere. Still, dPhoto.com offers a low cost alternative for storing your large photo files online.
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