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Nikon relaunches image storage and sharing site as Nikon Image Space

By dpreview staff on Jan 22, 2013 at 20:09 GMT

Nikon has relaunched its image sharing and storage service as 'Nikon Image Space'. Unlike 'myPicturetown', this service will be open to non-Nikon users as well. However, owners of Nikon cameras are eligible for 20GB of free storage space compared to 2GB for regular members.


Press Release:

More intuitive and easier to use, Nikon's image sharing and storage service is reborn as "NIKON IMAGE SPACE"

NIKON IMAGE SPACE" is a free online service for sharing images open not only to users of Nikon digital cameras, but anyone who enjoys taking photos or recording movies.

This service makes it easy for camera enthusiasts to upload, view, organize, and share their photos and movies of once-in-a-lifetime moments with greater convenience through sequential operation, which is achieved by high speed operation of the system, an intuitive user interface (UI), a clear window layout, and a simple operation flow.

Nikon has offered its image sharing and storage service, my Picturetown, since August 2007. my Picturetown has been used by a great many people in the world either for free of charge or for a fee with some special privileges. However, with a complete overhaul of the service, we are taking this opportunity to change the name from my Picturetown to "NIKON IMAGE SPACE."*1

Nikon will continue to offer users ways to enjoy their digital images through "NIKON IMAGE SPACE".

"NIKON IMAGE SPACE": http://nikonimagespace.com *2

Further information on "NIKON IMAGE SPACE" will be presented at the Nikon Imaging Japan booth at the CP+ 2013 camera and photo imaging show to be held January 31–February 3, 2013 at the Pacifico Yokohama (Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan). 

"NIKON IMAGE SPACE" primary features

Two types of free accounts
"NIKON IMAGE SPACE" offers users a choice between two types of free accounts. Basic accounts are available to anyone. Users of Nikon digital cameras have the additional option of upgrading to a Special account, using a dedicated application to verify Nikon digital cameras. While both types of accounts are free of charge, the maximum storage space is 2 GB for Basic accounts and 20 GB for Special accounts. Special accounts also offer more advanced functions, including the ability to apply a password when sharing images, and a function that restricts image download.

Improved usability
Significant changes in window design make sequential image operations, from upload to viewing to organizing to sharing, smoother. In addition, a relaxing background color has been adopted for a more pleasing image display, and image layout has been adjusted for ease of use.

Greater performance as a Web system
Operation has been improved with faster system processing capabilities. "NIKON IMAGE SPACE" offers smoother, more natural operation with faster image upload and download, as well as faster response when images are manipulated.

Greater collaboration with social networking sites
Greater collaboration with social networking sites such as Facebook*3 and Twitter expands the possibilities for sharing photos of your own special moments, and posting images from "NIKON IMAGE SPACE" is easier than ever.


*1
 my Picturetown user account information and images will be automatically transferred to "NIKON IMAGE SPACE".
*2 The site will be available on January 28, 2013 at 20:00 Japan time.
*3 Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.
Products, brand names and service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Comments

Total comments: 37
ctwdaz
By ctwdaz (11 months ago)

Has this site been corrupted? I registered for the free then considered the pro, which asked for my phone number and an alternate email???A bit strange.. I decided NOT to attach my new d600, so left that part incomplete. Now, when I log in I only get a completely black, blank screen. Nothing else. Did everyone who was successful need to provide a phone number and alternate email address?

0 upvotes
jdyrek
By jdyrek (Mar 21, 2013)

I just downloaded this software and tried to use it to send TIFFs to a client and the files were not recognized. No thumbnails were generated and when you clicked to enlarge the image I received a message that the file format was not recognized. I think the file was there, but my client could not download it, they received a message that their computer did not have enough free space. I have had no problem uploading NEFs and JPEGS. I tried Tiffs as both uncompressed and compressed, same result.

I am using an iMac 2.93 intel core 2 duo, OSX 10.6.8

0 upvotes
Dukatum
By Dukatum (Feb 5, 2013)

No support for Linux (although Mac is supported which sits on top of GNU/Linux base) so can not register my device.
No support for Linux to upload files despite trying several popular browsers (firefox,chrome) and can not install the Nikon image management software

Font looks terrible
Storage space is limited (even 20GB), and what if I own more than one NIkon device, I'm still limited to 20GB!
Supports facebook, but doesn't support the popular photography social sites such as 500px, 1x.com or DigitalRev jux.com etc.

It's a shocking attempt by Nikon to try and catch up with excellent services

1 upvote
Markrl
By Markrl (Jan 29, 2013)

Wow, is it slow. Reminds me of dial up days.

Maybe too many people trying it out all at once.

Not impressed so far.

1 upvote
E Lee
By E Lee (Jan 29, 2013)

I am also disappointed at the new Nikon Image Space.

If Nikon is reading this, the issues I have are :-
(1) it is extremely slow,
(2) some pictures never load on the screen, and
(3) I cannot copy the "<img> tag" - right click does not work.

What is the point of providing an "<img> tag" that cannot be copied?

2 upvotes
Digitall
By Digitall (Jan 29, 2013)

Not only (3), but Link URL don't work too with right click. Well, we are, as always, a Beta testers of everything...

0 upvotes
E Lee
By E Lee (Feb 6, 2013)

I just found from the forum that the link can be copied by "Control-C". But it's still stupid the right click does not work.

0 upvotes
Nigel Ward 2
By Nigel Ward 2 (Jan 29, 2013)

Email From Nikon UK today after my complaint Guess it was only me who complained :-)

Dear Nigel,

Thank you for your email.

I am sorry to hear that you are disappointed in the new Nikon Image Space website. As this site was only launched yesterday there may be some issues with the site that Nikon need to address and work out and I am sorry for this inconvenience that this has caused to you.

Can you please let me know exactly what issues you have experienced in detail and can you also confirm that your account for Nikon Image Space is under your email address.

Once we have the exact details of your experience with the site, we can forward this information to the relevant department for review and hopefully we can improve Nikon Image Space based on your feedback.

Kind Regards,

Ciara Andrews
Nikon Europe Support

1 upvote
Digitall
By Digitall (Jan 29, 2013)

Just a question, NIKON IMAGE SPACE upscale the images!? for example, I put there a 800x600 photo, and the image are upscaled, ugly, distorced details and I don't know if there anyting that bring back the original size for viewing, any help? Thank you

2 upvotes
tbower
By tbower (Jan 28, 2013)

"Operation has been improved with faster system processing capabilities."

LOL!!! NOT!!

I just tried it.

It's very slow and seems full of bugs. It took ten minutes for my photos to even show up and when they did, they looked terrible. The only good thing I found was the dark gray background. Then, it took me two tries to even delete my account.

I'm not impressed and I told them so when I deleted my account.

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Marksphoto
By Marksphoto (Jan 23, 2013)

hey nikon, I have a few nikon film cameras and a nikon 5000 ed coolscan scanner. Just out of curiousity. Would I qualify?
or lets say I have a few nikon digital cameras, can I get 20gb per camera I own?

Or lets say I own a pentax, does that mean I am not worthy of your web space at all?

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 2 minutes after posting
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Marksphoto
By Marksphoto (Jan 23, 2013)

as a wedding photographer I need terabytes of storage.

Nikon storage offering is only for family photos storage, nothing new. I have been using photobucket for that for a long long time now.

1 upvote
RP McMurphy
By RP McMurphy (Jan 29, 2013)

Well if you need terabytes of space then I wouldn't give your that for free either
Quit your moaning

0 upvotes
Louis Dallara
By Louis Dallara (Jan 23, 2013)

Nikon has no vision when it comes to the web.
Also, please give up on NX or re-design the interface.
They gave up on Nik? What's up now Nikon? A New new secret plan is
to add wifi to a projector in a coolpix camera. lol

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 4 minutes after posting
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TimK5
By TimK5 (Jan 23, 2013)

Nikon, please, stop wasting money and resources on futile projects. Reroute them to the R&D department!

2 upvotes
daciangroza
By daciangroza (Jan 23, 2013)

20gb is a lot of space, I'd use it as a backup for my final processed images. It would be great if they'll have integrated uploads from Lightroom, like Flickr does. I hope Nikon is watching suggestions like these.

1 upvote
Louis Dallara
By Louis Dallara (Jan 23, 2013)

Don't hold you breath

1 upvote
blaster182
By blaster182 (Jan 23, 2013)

I wonder about copyright ownership... wasn't that turned over to Nikon once you had uploaded pictures to myPicturetown? I may be wrong, of course.

1 upvote
Photog74
By Photog74 (Jan 23, 2013)

Copyright ownership was certainly not "turned over" to Nikon. According to myPicturetown's terms and conditions:

"The User retains the copyright to all User Content posted to the Site. When you post User Content to the Site or otherwise provide User Content to us in order for us to be able to provide a Service, you authorize us to make copies there of, to adapt these, make derivative works, combine these with other works, make them available on the Internet, and otherwise use this User Content if necessary in order to facilitate the posting and storage of the User Content on the Website or the provision of the Service."

1 upvote
Dean Lapinel
By Dean Lapinel (Jan 29, 2013)

In other words. The user owns the copyright BUT...allows the service to manipulate, share, combine your images on the internet.

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jan 23, 2013)

Lets see what this "Relaunch" will bring...

Hmmm...

"You failed me for the LAST time, Admiral Neek Hon..."

Whizz, Puff...Whizz, Puff... Whiz Puff...

.

1 upvote
steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Jan 23, 2013)

Is it just me and my DNS provider? nikonimagespace.com doesn't resolve to anything. Can't believe they'd make this announcement without even a welcome portal, even if the site isn't fully cooked yet.

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Jan 23, 2013)

Won't be available until January 28... about 5 days from this posting.

.

2 upvotes
suchindranu
By suchindranu (Jan 23, 2013)

http://info.mypicturetown.com/00/info/00685.html

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Rage Joe
By Rage Joe (Jan 23, 2013)

I think this is great, as long as it looks stylish- which I think Nikon will manage, not like some flickr or like that.

1 upvote
backayonder
By backayonder (Jan 23, 2013)

Flickr, Nikr Snickr. No stick to making that D400 please

1 upvote
bafford
By bafford (Jan 22, 2013)

Finally! Dozens of people must have been waiting for this.

4 upvotes
Andreas Berglund
By Andreas Berglund (Jan 22, 2013)

I dont understand why Nikon finds it strategic to spend cycles on photosharing, there are so many sites, and once you have started with one and your friends know its there why would you change? How would Nikon make money on this? What would the strategic interest be to pursue this?

I have no idea why. Maybe Nikon should spend more time on new camera designs, Quality Control and upgrading the service orgainzation to world class? But what do I know....

Comment edited 32 seconds after posting
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M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Jan 22, 2013)

**I dont understand why Nikon finds it strategic to spend cycles on photosharing, there are so many sites, and once you have started with one and your friends know its there why would you change? How would Nikon make money on this? What would the strategic interest be to pursue this?**

In Japan the photosharing site of Nikon is quite popular. All has to do with customer binding

**I have no idea why. Maybe Nikon should spend more time on new camera designs, Quality Control and upgrading the service orgainzation to world class? But what do I know**

Indeed, I'm a long time Nikon user and I haven't any complains about Nikon service. It seems that service levels differ from country to country. But that is with most brands. I can only speak about the service level in Japan, that is excellent.

Comment edited 51 seconds after posting
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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Jan 23, 2013)

I agree it should avoid trying to be "yet another social network" and focus more on being an image showcase / storage locker. Perhaps take cues from the popular and long-running Pentax Photo Gallery. If it has built-in tools to share with flickr/facebook/G+ etc. etc. it could actually be quite useful.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 3 minutes after posting
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GPW
By GPW (Jan 22, 2013)

Nikon can spend all this time and money on a web site, but not on a D300/S replacement, A.K.A D400???

4 upvotes
M Lammerse
By M Lammerse (Jan 22, 2013)

Who says they are not busy with it? They can do a lot at the same time :-)

Comment edited 20 seconds after posting
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GPW
By GPW (Jan 22, 2013)

It's been 5 years already

2 upvotes
brn
By brn (Jan 23, 2013)

How about a D90 replacement? I still recommend used D90's to people, as there's not an adequate replacement for price vs photo quality. Anything else in the Nikon lineup sacrifices too much or is at a much higher price point.

At the same time, I'm thinking of signing up for Nikon Image Space. Good for Nikon.

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Jan 23, 2013)

D7000?

1 upvote
Guenter Hofstaedter
By Guenter Hofstaedter (Jan 23, 2013)

very nice, thank you !

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brn
By brn (Jan 24, 2013)

Hugo, I find the output from the D90 to be of higher quality than that of the D7000.

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Total comments: 37