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Old 02-16-2014   #1
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Default Image Hosts that do not compress your photos

Please note that if you attach images to your posts, Photocamel will compress them and quality will be lost.

If you subscribe to Flickr, Smugmug Zenfolio etc, your images will not be compressed. The following are a few free hosts that do not compress images:

Acidnet Images
Cubeupload
Imageshack - requires registration
Imagur - no compression for images under 5MB
Mediafire - requires registration
Mejuba - requires registration
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Some sites do not compress your images, but you have to before uploading them. If you compress and then attach to PC, then there is little issue. Every site that has images as 1024 on the long side, are compressed and thus may not look as good as the originals. But, resized images look better to me anyway.
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Yes Mr Pickles, one does compress an image when resizing before posting. But I for one do not want it compressed again by a host or by Photocamel.

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Personally, as a Photo Camel user, I hate when I go back through some old posts and find broken links because the OP either deleted the original, moved it or closed a hosting account. It ruins the value of the post. For that reason I tend to post through PC rather than creating a link off site.

Unfortunately the modification done to an image can alter it significantly. Recently I uploaded a low key image and the resulting changes made the image look slightly underexposed. At first I though it had been something I did, but after doing a test and posting the same image both ways I found that PC does indeed change the look.

I think if posters keep this in mind and adjust for it then it would be okay. However that is a little extra work on the poster to keep track of what site does what to their images. It's a good point to be aware of.
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Here is some info i found out on the web.
Don't let an image host tell you how many pictures you can upload to a free account or how large those images can be. Unfortunately, a number of them do exactly that. This is the most cut-and-dry category, so here's a chart that lays it all out.

Image service File size limit Storage limit Bandwidth limit Dimensions limit
Abload.de 10MB None None None
ImageShack 5MB None None None
Imgur 10MB None None None
Mediafire 200MB None None None
Minus 2GB 10GB None None
Photobucket 5MB None 10GB 2048x1536
If you ever intend to upload large images, the winners and losers here are obvious. Don't use Photobucket or ImageShack. Photobucket automatically shrinks all images to a size of 1024x768 pixels unless you go hunting for upload options. Photobucket does differ from some of the other services in its upload process, however: while images are limited to 5MB in size, the service will never reject uploading an image. It will simply shrink it. Abload.de, Imgur and ImageShack simply won't upload images that are larger than their limitations.Imgur and Abload.de look like equals, but they're not: Imgur actually compresses any image over 1MB down to a file size of 1MB to save space and bandwidth. That's awful!
Minus stands ahead of the pack on a per-image basis, but Mediafire's 200MB limit goes above and beyond what most of us could ever reach with a single image. Even high resolution RAW photos don't come close. Minus' 10GB limitation could also be a concern if you plan to back up tons and tons of photos--every friend you invite to the service wins you another gigabyte of space, though.
Image quality and service limitations go hand-in-hand. As mentioned above, Imgur will compress your files until they're only one megabyte in size. That can obviously affect the quality of a picture. Compression isn't always a bad thing, of course--it's smart to shrink images for posting on the web to speed up the loading process. But we prefer to handle compression ourselves, and when it comes to hosting large images, compression to 1MB is unforgivable.
Bottom Line

If you're currently using Photobucket, Imageshack, or Imgur, stop. Use Minus. The service easily offers the best online interface and the least restrictive image constraints. It has apps for iOS and Android and a desktop file manager if you want any of those features. There's also a whole social networking aspect tied into Minus, but you can obviously ignore that without missing out on basic file hosting.

One possible downside for the future: Minus was established in 2010 and currently is not monetized. When the service inevitably needs to turn a profit, it won't necessarily offer the same space and features it does now for free. And there are always alternatives beyond these--Dropbox never messes with files and has no individual file restrictions. The downside there is the basic 2GB limit on free storage, and Dropbox doesn't offer the same convenience for linking or embedding
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Yes Mr Pickles, one does compress an image when resizing before posting. But I for one do not want it compressed again by a host or by Photocamel.
Then do it the right way, ONCE.
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Then do it the right way, ONCE.
Are you suggesting that a NikonD800 owner with a full size JPEG image over 20MB should upload it to Photocamel? On my rural internet connection that wold take almost 10 minutes - and be a waste of bandwidth.

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Many thanks for this informative contribution.

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Personally, as a Photo Camel user, I hate when I go back through some old posts and find broken links because the OP either deleted the original, moved it or closed a hosting account. It ruins the value of the post.
My guess is that they do this without thinking of the consequences.

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For that reason I tend to post through PC rather than creating a link off site.

Unfortunately the modification done to an image can alter it significantly. ......
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I think if posters keep this in mind and adjust for it then it would be okay. However that is a little extra work on the poster to keep track of what site does what to their images. It's a good point to be aware of.
I don't see how one can adjust for it. I have experienced banded clear blue skies due to compression. If I save at Photoshop Quality 12 it's okay. Compress it and bands appear in the sky.

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