This weekend Google unveiled their new online image storage service – Google Photos.
It’s not Picassa, though it can use it. It’s also separate from Google+. Interesting. Meh. I’ll stick with Flickr. Here’s why.
If you want unlimited free storage, this may work for you, though when you upload your photos, you have to use Google’s ‘high quality but free’ setting, not the original setting. This means RAW and other file formats will be converted.
Also, there doesn’t appear to be a way to share the link directly to the image file — rather all shared links jump to a Google Photos page with the image embedded in it. Not a big deal but that means you can’t directly embed images stored at Google Photos in a blog post, for example. You still have to use services such as imgur, etc.
And the image editor built into Google Photos creates unusual artifacts around the image while in edit mode.
It’s fine when you accept the changes, but in my case, the image appeared posterized while I was editing it, throwing a blue tint in some areas. Not great.
As I said, I’ll stick with Flickr.