£96/$120 per year – 1TB
Google has been offering a cloud-based storage solution for a few years. The company also offers a huge range of other products and services that all tie into one huge ecosystem. This is often bewildering, as there are so many parts, and separating what’s free from what’s paid for can prove quite complicated.
There are basically two parts to Google image storage. The first is Google Photos and the second is Google Drive. Google Drive is a cloud storage facility that enables you to store files of any type, and it has a sliding pay scale depending on the services and the size of storage you want, up to a truly massive 30TB.
Google Photos is specially designed to store and organise your images. It’s also by far the cleverest of all the systems here and is free for unlimited JPEGs, but it doesn’t support RAW files. For these you’ll need Google Drive, and they will count towards your storage limit.
Google Search is what Photos is really about. When you enter a search term such as ‘tractor’, Google will filter the results using visual analysis in seconds, with no need for manual keywords. It’s a pretty neat party trick.
Pros Automatically sorts and categorises your images
Cons Google Photos doesn’t support RAW image files
We say Give it a go – it’s worth it for all of your general images
Google Photos offers intelligent search and unlimited storage for JPEGs up to 16MP