ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Technology»
  • Internet & the Web

Picasa vs Flickr

Updated on October 1, 2014

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?

Picasa is better than Flickr!

Picasa is better than Flickr!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      For those who like the Picasa Editing tools but do not want to be shackled with Google+ (what a pain G+ has become for Picasa users) there is a way: register with ipernity (great free image library) and continue to use Picasa editing but transfer all your edited images to ipernity, they provide the means and it is real simple.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Editing for the win.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Picasa client and web UI is easy to use. The Thumbnails can be resized which is not available in Flickr. Managing Photos(tagging, meta data, organizing) is much easier with Picasa. Flickr has attractive features like Built-in EXIF data picker, Multi-size view options. Flickr is for Pros whereas Picasa is for everyone. I wish Google will enable multi size view option and EXIF data picker.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      if you have a google + a/c there is no charge and I have a fair slug of photos on picasa web album. Picasa works great with all devices including apple and android, Heck, even my lg 'not so smart' tv can work it. Picasa wins hands down.

    • boogie-setya 5 years ago

      I don't know why but I used picassa more often than flickr

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Picasa is better than Flickr!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      This article is outdated. Picasa now charges $30 for a 25GB increase... $5 for 20GB is no longer available :( booooo... I never used Flicker before, but I think I might start.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I like Picasa for casual photography (family, travel). It integrates well on PC, MAC and iPhone and easy to share fun photos with friends and on facebook. Then again, I like Flickr for serious photography, semi-professional, and the community and resale opportunities and it integrates with MAC iPhoto and Aperture better. Dislike Flickr's limited video storage, but like their multi-size still photo options.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      im almost coerced to use flickr because of its popularity BUT I really like PICASA because of its integration with google

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been using Picasa, several years now, for more capacity and space at less cost: no upload limit with 1 GB free and 20 GB @ $5/yr. integrated and combined Google services have been nice too. But I dislike that in Google+, it disallow access non-gmail users, and force/coerce others to sign up for gmail account. This has become pain to my friends and felt like cyber-bullying.

      I will retest Flickr and help Yahoo survive longer for healthy competition; in the process.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      flickr now allow to sell your photos easly, and there are best serch tool to WordPress. So i pick flickr.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Picasa

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Picasa because it's Google (so it must be awesome), and extra storage is soo cheap.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      None of them! I think there are others that are FAR better - and free - mejuba.com is one of them.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Picasa. with google, i pay 5 bucks a year for an extra 20GB added to picasa, docs, music, youtube, and gmail.

      GOOGLE HAS A lot TO OFFER WITH MAXIMUM SECURITY,SHAREABILITY, .AND CHEAP!

    • Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I use Picasa's photo editing program.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I prefer the Picasa than the Flickr

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      heheheh geggege

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Android integration FTW! and it's unlimited if you limit your image sizes to 2048x2048 or less, and 15 minutes of video or less.

    • prowebhosting33 5 years ago

      I am using Picasa more then Flickr, because it is more useful in what I do, and I can get index in Google with some of the picture, that means I can get more traffic to my website. I have some picture in picasa that are giving me traffic.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Just overall slicker, and 20gb a year for $5 is more affordable than $24.95 for unlimited.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Very fast, reliable and works great with my iphone and ipad.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I prefer Picasa to Flickr. Picasa has online and off-line editing of photos. Other than that, side-by-side, I think the Picasa online interface is slicker looking. It's only because of its support in Empire Avenue, that I'm going to begin using Flickr more.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I love using Picasa because I used both Picasa Web and Desktop application. It is really easy to edit and upload photos and also to share with my friends and family since I love Gmail and other Google products. I just wish that Google would increase their free photo storage limit. I do not like Flickr's Sets option. For me PicasaWeb is better for storing Family event pictures and creating big albums, while Flickr is ideal for photographers who do not upload large albums at once.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Storage capacity is not a plus for Google, but Picasa Desktop makes so easy to seamlessly keep your picture albums in your computer mirrored in the web... Also, the sharing options are definitely way more comfortable. And integration with Google Contacts (Picasa - Google Contacts - Android Contacts) is perfect. Picasa is Winner!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Maybe its just a matter of choice. I'm a Google fan, I think they always do the most cutting edge stuff, since Picasa is theirs, it integrates flawlessly with Google docs and Blogger. Now with the integration with Picnik, it's a hands down winner for me!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I use them both but SimpleViewer allows you to run your Google ads:

      www.varsityphotos.net/ag/ag_main.htm

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I prefer Picasa as I find it easier to use.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Has more editing features and its google I prefer google over yahoo anyone else agree??

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Picasa!

    • CCGAL 6 years ago

      I use both, but I love Picasa for the photo editing and easy-peasy uploading to you-tube and my drop box.

    Flickr is better than Picasa!

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        flickr is much better

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Flickr for all my photos. And free. Picasa is limit disk space.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        No comparison. Flickr is more user friendly and better for social networking.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Telling the truth I use Flickr at the moment I only just have time to be on there for a while find their add you to their Map confusing. Other than that they are great. Probably Picasa is great too but I do not have all that time at the moment.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Flickr....I don't like the offline client part of Picasa, I already have my pictures and an editor.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I'm with Julz--a 600% increase in price from last year is maddening and is motivating me to find a replacement for Picasa.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        flickr now allow to sell your photos easly, and there are best serch tool to WordPress. So i pick flickr.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I like Flickr because it allows hd videos to be uploaded

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Flickr is for real/near-to professional, that means it is for people who see photography seriously like me whereas casual photographers may like Picassa

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        While Picasa has better Album sharing, album collaboration and full album download, inside Flickr you can change upload and taken timestamps for each photo, in many ways. It is useful when you travel and forget to update time in your machine.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I use both, but I love Flckr more than Picasa.

        Wish there was a connection between these two, so I copy my images from one to another.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I use flickr. I have no special reason for that, I just like it. :)

        Nice addition to flickr is click.to It is a free app (http://www.clicktoapp.com/)

        Maybe somebody also likes it.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I use flickr. I have no special reason for that, I just like it. :)

        Nice addition to flickr is click.to It is a free app (http://www.clicktoapp.com/)

        Maybe somebody also likes it.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Flicker has unlimited storage. Picasa only 1gb

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        quality photographers upload quality snaps @ flickr..!

      • Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

        Flickr because i have never tried Picasa, but after reading what each do Flickr sounds better.

      • ashroc 6 years ago

        I love flickr, i can oraganize my photos easily and find the ones i want in a flash

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        flicker good

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I like Flickr better mainly because of interface of the site. Flickr is polished and professional, but Picasa makes your photos look like results on a web serach. There's a reason any company or organization that wants a web album will choose Flickr 99% of the time.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Flickr exports out of iPhoto, great for us Mac users!

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I am using over 100gb and it is getting bigger everyday, so Flickr is more cost effective for me.

      • Jenn Dixon 6 years ago from PA

        I love flickr! It's great for organizing and I love the community of friends I have there.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        It's free

      • Gera LM 6 years ago

        Definitely Flickr. It's cool and easy.

      • hdkeulenaer 6 years ago

        I use both, but currently tend towards Flickr. Not for a strong reason, though. Both services are largely equivalent - differences are quite subtle.

      • Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I have them both but I seldom use them except that in Squidoo, we can easily get pics from Flickr.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Picasa has a rate-limit exceed that you cannot post your image in high traffic site as forum or ebay. let's google search "rate-limit exceed picasa"

      • emmaklarkins 6 years ago

        I've only really used Flickr. I like how it's easy to get images for Squidoo by searching for "commercial use" images, and I can almost always still find awesome images. Plus, you can leave links on the page of the photo, and create a backlink to your site!

      • carny 6 years ago

        Flickr feels a lot more polished and "finished" to me, has a bigger and more active community, and more features. Their premium membership is also affordable and provides unlimited uploads (although you could argue that $20/year for 80 GB at Picasa is reasonable, and that most people will never need that much photo storage).

        Google has a lot of great products that I use (such as Gmail, which is much better than Yahoo! webmail), but I think when it comes to Flickr vs Picasa, Flickr is a clear winner.

      Flickr vs Picasa Poll

      Which photo hosting & sharing website do you prefer?

      See results

      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.

      Comments

        0 of 8192 characters used
        Post Comment

        • profile image

          anonymous 3 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).

        • profile image

          01jules 3 years ago

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

        • profile image

          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.

        • k4shmir profile image

          k4shmir 4 years ago

          nice lens. thanks for sharing

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

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

        • profile image

          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!

        • profile image

          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.

        • profile image

          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!!!

        • profile image

          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

        • rangiiria profile image

          rangiiria 5 years ago

          Picasa is my fav :-}

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 years ago

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

        • profile image

          anonymous 5 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!!

        • profile image

          prowebhosting33 5 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.

        • CruiseReady profile image

          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.

        • profile image

          gatorsquid 6 years ago

          good lens!

        • quickcutterss profile image

          Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

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

        • profile image

          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.

        • profile image

          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.

        • profile image

          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

        • Countryluthier profile image

          E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

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

        • profile image

          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 :)

        • profile image

          anonymous 6 years ago

          I use both, but I like flikr for now.

        • CrossCreations profile image

          Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

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

        • profile image

          anonymous 6 years ago

          Interesting lens-enjoyed visiting!

        • CCGAL profile image

          CCGAL 6 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.

        • emmaklarkins profile image

          emmaklarkins 6 years ago

          Great topic for a discussion!