As of May 28th, 2015 Google Photos allows its users to upload unlimited photos and videos for no additional fees. The maximum resolution for photos is 16 MP and 1080p for videos. Now you can back-up full HD videos to Google’s cloud and you don’t have to pay anything for that. Both Android and iOS users can benefit from this amazing feature.
What about higher resolutions?
If you take photos with regular cameras like most of us, you have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, anything that goes beyond the 16 MP and 1080p resolutions for photos and videos respectively cannot be uploaded for free.
There is a solution, however. You can switch to the original plan that limited your storage of just 15 GB and you will be free to use this quota as you please. This option is recommended for photos taken with DSLR cameras if you want to maintain the original quality.
What other features does Google Photos have to offer?
The ability to save photos to the cloud as soon as you take them with your phone camera is still active. This saves you from the hassle of uploading the photos afterward, but you can still deactivate this feature if it brings you inconveniences.
The sorting abilities of the app are pretty extensive. You can sort the photos and videos based on the timeline. This way you will easily find photos taken months or even years ago. What’s new though is the ability of this app to sort photos according to people and places.
Now imagine that you are looking for a picture of your brother on his birthday at Disneyland. It’s so much easy to find it now because you can set a filter to find only your brother’s photos or only the pictures taken at Disneyland.
Although the design of the gallery is quite similar to the default Gallery application, the photos are not actually stored on the device. The great advantage is that you gain a lot of free space and the loading time is not affected at all.
The new app allows you to create gifs, movies, collages, not to mention that you have an Assistant feature to offer you suggestions. It’s easier to select multiple photos now. You hold your finger on a photo and then use your other finger to drag the selection to other photos that you want to share. You will receive a link that you are free to post on social networks or to send to whoever you want.
So, the main difference between the two plans is simple. If you want unlimited storage, the size of high quality photos and videos is reduced upon uploading them to the cloud. This is perfect if you just need the photos for regular printing and sharing.
On the other hand, if your main interest is high quality, you will be limited to 15 GB of free storage. If you want to print large banners, there really is no way around this limitation because you need high quality photos.