Picasa vs Flickr How do you decide where to store and share your photos? There are literally hundreds of websites to choose between, and at a first glance they all look the same. But the real battle is Picasa VS Flickr: Picasa Web Albums and Flickr are the two dominating sites – also run by Yahoo! and Google respectively – used to upload and share photos online. At a first glance they both seem pretty similar, but the truth is that there are some big differences between the two. So let’s compare them… (side note – when we talk about Picasa, we are talking about the desktop software AND the web albums they offer online)
Picasa vs Flickr Travel Bloggers Choice?
Which one is better depends on how you like to upload your photos. Looking at the free accounts, Flickr only lets you upload 100 MB a month, and two videos, while there is no monthly limit on Picasa.
However, if you look at the yearly space limit, Flickr lets you upload 2 GB, while Picasa only lets you upload 1 GB. So in the end, Flickr gives you more space, but Picasa lets you upload 1 GB in the same month if that’s what you want.
With the paid accounts there are also some differences. Flickr only had one type of paid account, called “pro”, while with Picasa you can choose between 5 different accounts.
With the Flickr Pro account, you get unlimited uploads and storage, HD video playback, unlimited sets and collections and you won’t be bothered by annoying ads. The account costs $24.95 per year.
Picasa has more price options, but if you will be using it a lot it’s not really as good value as Flickr.
The cheapest deal is 5 dollars a year, which gives you 20 GB extra. For 20 dollars you get 80 GB of storage.
If you’re planning to store more then I recommend Flickr, since it’s cheaper (24.95 for unlimited storage, and 50 dollars for 200 GB on Picasa, which was the next cheapest choice after 20 dollars).
The great thing about Picasa is that you can edit your photos offline (via their download-able software) before you upload them on Picasa Web. There are also so many cool editing tools to use.
Personally I use Photoshop to edit photos, but if I just want a nice quick touch to the photo I fix it in Picasa.
If you want to edit photos on Flickr you have to do it from another website called Picnik.
You can easily connect Picnik with your photos on Flickr (and Picasa as well if you like), and edit your photos from there.
It’s an easy program to handle and you get great results, but (and it’s a big but), you need to be online to do this, which isn’t always the easiest when traveling.
At this, there isn’t much of a Picasa Vs Flickr going on, as Flickr dominates the web in this category. It’s an amazing place to find great photography and the best place to show off your own.
There is a large community of people on Flickr, and they consist of all from professional photographers, to amateurs to families sharing their vacation photos.
Picasa hasn’t yet reached a point where people go to just browse photos and connect.
It’s a bit more private, which can be nice for those who are more interested in storing photos rather than showcasing them.
Some people feel intimidated when strangers mark their personal photos as their “favorites”, and prefer uploading them on Picasa instead. And I understand them, it is a little creepy.
Both Picasa and Flickr has great detail – you can put your photos on a map, and show exactly where the photo was taken – which is perfect for travel bloggers.
Picasa uses google maps, which is totally unbeatable. It has more exact locations to choose than Flickr.
Another pretty cool thing that Picasa does is to recognize faces. It collects all faces and puts them into a face folder, each face in its own map. It organizes pictures based on who is in them. This way you can easily find good profile pictures, or find a picture of a person you’re looking for.
It’s sort of like an automatic tagging. You can tag people in photos on Flickr as well, but it doesn’t do this automatically.
Sharing and Downloading Photos
Flickr is really the best choice when it comes to sharing photos. It’s easy to manage and you can share it with more people. The community is larger and if you want to showcase your photos they will more likely be seen here.
When it comes to downloading photos you can choose from several different sizes on Flickr, while on Picasa there is just one size.
Adding Tags, Notes and Privacy Settings
You create your slide shows, ad tags and notes in the offline software on Picasa, so it’s all done and ready when you upload the photos. On Flickr however, it’s so easy to find the right buttons so it’s all done quite quickly.
What I love about Picasa is that you can prepare it all offline: ad tags, notes, edit the photos, and then upload them once you have access to Internet. The software also finds other old photos that might have gone lost in your computer and is hiding somewhere you can’t find it.
Flickr allows you to put privacy setting on individual photos rather than a whole set, while on Picasa you can only choose privacy settings on a whole album.
The SUM UP
So, which is wins the competition of Picasa vs Flickr? It all really comes down to what you want, how you want it and what is more important for you. We use both sites at different times of the editing and upload process, each one is very helpful for different purposes. So to be honest, there is no ONE clear winner – I encourage you to check them both out, and see which works best for you.
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