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Picasa vs Flickr

Updated on August 24, 2017

Best Online Photo Sharing Websites

Picasa and Flickr are two of the most popular free online photo storage sites. Members can upload their works, create free web albums, and comment on or rate photos of other people. Both photo hosting services have a lot of useful features; for example, Flickr allows you to write notes on specific regions of the image, while Picasa has easy editing capabilities that can help you fix common problems like red eyes. Perhaps most importantly, photographers using these sites can get noticed and receive feedback from people all over the world.

However, is Picasa or Flickr a better web photo sharing service, and why? Scroll down to see a comparison of these two picture hosting sites, and take part in the Flickr vs Picasa Web Albums discussion and visitor poll.

Flickr logo.
Flickr logo.

Flickr

Flickr is a popular photo hosting website from Yahoo

Flickr is one of the best and most popular image hosting sites and photographer communities online. It's reported to host over 5 billion uploads as of September 2010. Flickr makes it easy to organize your photos into different sets, tag them by topic or geographical location and order prints. The site has an extensive search system that allows you to look for photos by their name, tag, camera model, license and topic. Besides photos, Flickr has recently started accepting video uploads, too.

Flickr has drastically increased the limits for image uploads, up to a point to where they're practically non-existent. As a free member, you can upload up to 1 Terabyte's worth of pictures (each up to 200 Mb in size) and videos (up to 1 Gb in size). For an affordable price of $49.99 per year, you can browse the site completely ad-free.


Picasa logo.
Picasa logo.

Picasa Web Albums

Picasa is Google's online photo album site and photo editor

Picasa is both an online photo album site and a photo editing / organizing application from Google. You can sort the pictures in your computer using the offline client by adding tags and whatnot, and then upload them to Google's servers easily.

Picasa has a number of features to make sharing your photos easier, such as tagging, geo-tagging, and face recognition. There is an upload limit which is shared across Google Drive and Google+ Photos, and also adds more space to your Gmail account. Additional storage can be purchased for all these services.

Picasa versus Flickr Discussion

Which online photo album service do you think is better?

Flickr vs Picasa Poll

Which photo hosting & sharing website do you prefer?

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More Photo Sharing Sites

Some alternatives to Flickr and Picasa

These photo sharing sites might not be as popular or have as many features as Flickr and Picasa, but it's always nice to have some alternatives.

  • Instagram
  • SmugMug
  • Zooomr
  • Fotki
  • Photobucket
  • Picturelife
  • Yogile
  • Phanfare (paid only)

If you know other good sites that I've missed, feel free to share them in the comments below.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Found a great solution to all my problems!

      Use Picasa editing tools (Free & easy) and register with ipernity (Fantastic image library site...tried the top ten and ipernity wins hands down).

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      01jules 4 years ago

      I use picasa after visiting your lens I will also give flickr a try...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have always found Picasa a superior product (much more user friendlier than Flickr...and the far greater SEO advantage of Google-Picasa over Yahoo-Flickr...who uses Yahoo nowadays anyway?), but Google had to ruin a great tool by forcing Google+ unto us. For me it is too late, but to new users of Picasa: WARNING : DO NOT REGISTER WITH G+, it will drive you nuts and once you are caught in the G+ web, you can never get out (being trying to get out of G+ for a year now).

      So have been looking at other image library services, will try Mejuba and see.

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      k4shmir 4 years ago

      nice lens. thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Chadrew thank you so much for all this information about these two Flickr and Picasa.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think that Mejuba.com is far better - completely free and unrestricted - than Flickr, Photobucket and Picasa.

      Hate all the restrictions on these sites - Mejuba is the only site where one can upload a video without thinking about the length or size of the video. Simply love that!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love the network of enthusiastic photographers that exists on flickr. Other than that, I like flickr's design features (stream of recently posted photos vs albums with covers on picasa). That's because I cherry-pick my pictures (both editing from the digital raw format and film-scanning are time-demanding), and care more about displaying a few recent ones.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      flickr is for some serious works...I Love it very much..it feels all reflective and bright as a photo sharing site must feel..while picasa is quite Dull and is more prefble to an average person....For serious Sharing go for FLICKR!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      for me fickr is best, it gives us wedding photographers a chnce to view other photographers style-www.imagetextweddingphotography.co.uk

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      rangiiria 5 years ago

      Picasa is my fav :-}

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Picasa's my choice. Flickr (free version) has another limit -- only the most recent 200 photos are viewable.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Since I have the program on my computer, I prefer use Picasa.

      It is more simpler for me as the intermediate. I still want to discover all of its interesting options. I never use flickr, but I wanna try it ...

      This topic is really increasing my knowledge. Thank you so much!!

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      prowebhosting33 6 years ago

      In my opinion picasa is the best photo sharing website. It is easy to use, the quality of the picture is good, and the picture on picasa may appear on google search which is good if you want to get more traffic. But is good to have Flickr as well specially if you are using squidoo, and also if you want to integrate a photo album in your wordpress blog.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I have never used either ... but do think I need something, and this lens has given me some things to think about. The editing features in Picasa do sound good to me.

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      gatorsquid 6 years ago

      good lens!

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      Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

      Well look at those stats. I'd say looks pretty even to me just personal preference.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I vote for Picasa. Mainly because of their desktop application. It's a great photo organizing tool, especially now that it has face recognition. It provides basic but surprisingly good editing tools, it provides very good tagging capability, it seamlessly integrates with Google Photos, it is perfect starting point in anyone's workflow.

      Flickr is good on the web side, but it's the desktop part that makes Google great.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Totally depends on your situation and needs. Storage issue is only applicable for the most active users since for $25 a year you can get 100GB. If you have to have more than that, then sure, go with Flickr, but that does not make it a clear winner for anyone except the biggest users.

      If you want editing and excellent desktop/web integration (among other things) then Picasa wins - especially if you need 20GB or less. If you are into the community at Flickr, and, as mentioned before, require massive amounts of storage (among other things) then Flickr is the winner. These "versus" posts are very seldom meaningful, except to help discerning readers compare features. So much of this stuff is relative.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Bit like comparing BMW against Mercedes... it's all subjective.

      Tried Flickr years ago and ended going with Picassa, which I found much easier to use & better suited for my specific needs. They are both excellent, but for me the great thing about Picasa is that you can edit your photos offline (via their download-able software, by passing using excrutiang difficult Photoshop and the likes) before you upload them on Picasa Web. There are also so many cool time saving editing tools to use. You can create your slide shows for You Tube etc, ad tags and notes in the offline software on Picasa, so itâs all done and ready when you upload the photos. To me Picasa leaves Flickr behind, but others will have the opposite opinion.

      The ideal situation is to have both, but the process of duplicating your photo albums from one to the other is not easy. Wish they could sort that out.

      Cheers,

      John

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      I am leaning towards flickr but i see by comments there are other contenders. Great information!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i use both. dont forget photobucket. one of the if not the pioneer of photo sharing. and you can upload videos :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I use both, but I like flikr for now.

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      Carolan Ross 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I mostly use flickr but learned some new things about picassa here, too. Dandy duel!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Interesting lens-enjoyed visiting!

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      Excellent topic. I guess I'm on the opposite side of your duel, though, because I adore Picasa and barely tolerate flickr, and then only because I can make sets for one of the Squidoo modules.

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      emmaklarkins 7 years ago

      Great topic for a discussion!