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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 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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