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6 Best Online Storage for Pictures : An In-depth Review Analysis with Pros and Cons

There is a saying; a picture is worth a thousand words. Not only words, it also contains emotion, nostalgia, and memories. In today’s digital world we capture photos on a daily basis with our digital camera, Smartphone, tablet, and PC. So the big question is where to keep all these photos?

HD photos can take too much space on your hard disk. So the time has come to switch to cloud storage for saving the physical storage of your PC, Smartphone and Tablet. Storing photos on cloud storage has some other benefits also, like:

  • Photo Lost
  • Photo Damaged
  • Photo Stolen

Online Storage for Pictures

6 Best Online Storage for Pictures

Here are the reviews for six best online storage for pictures.

  • Google Photos
  • Flickr
  • Photobucket
  • Amazon Prime Photos
  • Apple iCloud Photo Library
  • ThisLife

Before I get to the in depth review analysis, let us take a look on their outline features and USPs.

Google Photos FlickrPhotobucketAmazon Prime PhotosApple iCloud Photo LibraryShutterfly
Free planUnlimited storage1TB storage2GB + 8GB with the mobile appsUnlimited storage for Photos and 5 GB of videos5GB storageUnlimited storage
Paid Plans100GB for $1.99/month, 1TB for $9.99/monthAd FreeStarts at $2.99/month for 20GB$12 per yearStarts at $0.99/month for 20GB60GB for $20/year, 30GB for $50/year, Unlimited videos for $140/year.
Bandwidth limitsNANA10GB/month with free planNANANA
File typesJPEG, TIF, TIFF, BMP, GIF, PSD, PNG, TGAJPEG, GIF and PNGGIF, JPG, JPEG, PNGJPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF and some raw filesJPEG, TIFF, PNG, and most raw filesJPEG
File size limitsPhoto: 75MB, Video: 10GBPhoto: 200MB, Video: 1GBFree plan: 5MBPhoto and Video: 2GB1000 photos per hour2GB of video
App PlattformiOS, Android, Mac and WindowsiOS, Android, Mac and WindowsiOS, Android, Mac and WindowsiOS, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire and WindowsiOS, Mac and WindowsiOS, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire and Windows

 

In the below section I will provide an in-depth review analysis for all the 6 Online storage platforms for pictures.

Google Photos:

Google photo is a free photo storage platform that offers automatic backup and allow the users to edit the photos. But these are not the reasons that make this online photo storage platform best. The main reason is, Google Photo also offers unlimited storage.

While uploading your photos on Google Photo, it will ask you to upload photos by high quality or Original resolution. In its paid version Google will allow you to upload 1080P video. However, you cannot upload 4K video on Google photo.

Pros:

  • Easy setup
  • Easy accessible
  • Great user interference
  • Great performance
  • Free
  • Unlimited storage

Cons:

  • Slow to load
  • Fewer features in the mobile app

Flickr:

On Flickr, you can not only upload your photos but also can access your files in an organized method. Signing and setting up your Flickr account is very easy and simple.

You will get up to 1 TB amount of space in the free plan. Flickr mobile app is available on all the major platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.

Pros:

  • Automatic image categorization
  • 1 TB free storage
  • Attractive interface
  • Free photo editor
  • Geo-tagging, people tagging, keyword tagging
  • Photo sharing community

Cons:

  • Feature ads in free account
  • No control on profile homepage

Photobucket

Photobucket is a free photo storing site in general. However, its paid version is also available which  starts from $2.99 per month. In the free version, you will only get 2 GB of photo storage. If you download its mobile app, you will get an additional 8 GB of space.

Photobucket app is available on all the major platforms such as iOS, Android, Mac and Windows. In the paid version, a user will get up to 20 GB of storage.

Pros:

  • Huge storage
  • Free version is  available
  • Easy posting on social media sites
  • Inbuilt photo editing tools
  • Online photo sharing community that will allow viewing public photos and videos

Cons:

  • Ads in free version
  • Drag and drop upload is not available
  • No, straighten tool
  • Bulk uploading decreases the photo and video size
  • No full-screen view for videos
  • No full-screen view for slideshows

Amazon Prime Photos

Amazon Prime Photos is an online cloud drive that especially focuses on photos. This platform also is known as Amazon Cloud Drive. It also allows uploading other types of files such as doc, excel etc.

Both of its free and paid versions offer unlimited storage. The paid version cost only $12 per year. However, the paid version is lightning fast over the free version.

Pros:

  • Great customer service
  • Unlimited storage
  • Excellent web interface
  • Auto image backup for mobile apps

Cons:

  • File-syncing unavailable
  • Desktop app has limited features
  • Folder cannot be shared only file sharing is available

Apple iCloud Photo Library:

Apple iCloud Photo Library is a great, probably the best photo uploading service provider. Are you wondering why I wait too long to mention this service? The platform is basically available for Apple ecosystem. However, recently they have added the service on Windows Platform.

The service is available in both free and paid version. The free version offers 5 GB of storage and the paid version starts from $0.99 per month for 20GB.

Pros:

  • Slick interfaces
  • Free account includes 5 GB storage
  • Compatible with Windows PC also

Cons:

  • No app is available for android or Windows phone
  • Paid plans are pretty costly

Shutterfly Photos ( Formerly ThisLife)

Of course, this platform will make easier to upload your photos on cloud storage. Their free plans offer unlimited storage and the paid plans start from $20/year.

In the paid version you can also upload videos. Their app is available on all the leading platforms such as iOS, Android, Mac, Kindle Fire and Windows.

Pros:

  • Free account is available
  • Apps are available on all the leading mobile platform
  • Great user interference

Cons:

  • Uploading file types are very limited
  • Video uploading limit is only 2 GB

Bottom Lines:

So these are the best 6 online storage for uploading your pictures. You can also check out our other top lists such as Ten best cloud storage for business use or 25 clouds based storage by rank and comparison.

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