Wall Street Journal picks Flickr as the top photo-storage service

by Liam McCabe

posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM EDT


Cloud-based photo storage services keep popping up like dandelions in the spring. Over the past couple of weeks alone, Dropbox announced a new photo-centric service, Flickr updated its mobile apps to act more like Instagram, and Eye-Fi has even announced a service. How do you even start to figure out which one is the right choice?

The Wall Street Journal just evaluated a handful of the most popular cloud photo services out there, in the hopes of finding one that’ll work best for most people. The criteria? Make it easy and affordable to store a few hundred GB of photo in the cloud, and to share them—privately—with family members.

Facebook, Instagram, and Apple were eliminated straight away, leaving Flickr, SmugMug, Shutterfly, Dropbox, and Google as the contenders. The winner came away with the crown because it had the best combination of free storage, modern privacy settings, strong mobile apps, and a great layout. Can you guess which one it is? Yep, Flickr.

Check out WSJ’s roundup, and let us know if you think that it’s the right choice for most photographers. We’d imagine that some more serious photographers have a different preference, but we’re curious to hear your thoughts.

(Via WSJ)