The use of cameras, computers etc have become very common these days. This is a good thing, as most of us are able to capture special moments of their lives, holiday trips etc without wasting money in hiring a photographer. But, on the otherside of the coin, we are now seeing many incidents where people are losing thousands of photos due to unexpected hard disk failures and crashes. Thats why, it is good to have a local backup copy, but it is better to have redundant backup copies to face the worst case.
Below, you can find two comparison tables (we’ve divided the comparison table into two to make it more readable). Mostly, home users (amateur photographers) and webmasters (bloggers) use these photo sharing websites, so at the end of each comparison table we’ve added remarks on that service to help you in making the decision.
1. Comparison between Flickr, Fotki, ImageShack and Imgur :
|Comparing Flickr, Fotki, ImageShack and Imgur|
|Disk Space||300MB/Month||3000MB (Starts with 1000MB and then additional 200MB every month)||Maximum of 500 files (of any size) can be uploaded into ones account.||Unlimited|
|Bandwidth per month||300MB||Unlimited||Not mentioned (May be unlimited)|
|Size Limit per file||15MB||No||5MB||1MB|
|Limit on Photo Dimensions/Quality||No||No||No||If size of the image is more than 1MB, then its quality reduced until it becomes less than 1MB|
|Direct linking Allowed?||Possible, but not straight forward.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Permanent Hosting?||No. Photos may be deleted if they are inactive for 90 consecutive days.||May be (As no information regarding deletion is specified at Fotki.)||Yes||No. Images that are inactive for 6 consecutive months will be deleted.|
|Support for Mobile Devices||Supports Android, iPhone & Windows Phone||No.||Has an iPhone app.||No|
|Privacy (Option to make images invisible to public)||Yes.||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Remarks||Flickr should be fine for home users who want to backup photos. But, for webmasters 300MB bandwidth won’t be sufficient.||Fotki terms aren’t clear.
||Everything is fine, except for the 500 files per account limit .||Imgur is best for webmasters. But, for home users I won’t recommend it as the quality of image is reduced considerably.|
2. Comparison between Photobucket, Picasa Web Albums and Tinypic :
All these services are great. But, it is better to avoid Flickr, Imgur and Tinypic as there are chances of your files being deleted. Now, the final decision is yours. I hope I did my best to let you know the pros and cons of each service, so now you can easily decide the best service that suits your needs.
PS : If there is any mistake in the above data or if there is any suggestion from your side, then please let us know by commenting below.