As they say in old English proverb, “if something sounds too good to be true, it’s usually the way it is”. On Tuesday hosted the conference Google I/O 2015, which lasted more than two hours. As you might guess, this time from the stage sounded great number of stories, many of which were really intriguing. However, a truly resonant turned out to be only a few of them.
In this sense, the especially distinguished service Google Photos. Google announced the release of the updated version of its photo sharing site, and said that from now on, the service will offer users unlimited cloud storage of photos and videos. The proposal is actually very good, but fans of photography should carefully examine all the terms before you rejoice.
Updated the Google Photos app is already available for download on iOS and Android. The service automatically uploads to the cloud all of the photos and videos from a mobile device; images can also be downloaded manually from your computer via the web interface.
At first glance, Google Photos is the Holy Grail for professional photographers and for Amateurs: unlimited and free storage! But practice shows that “unlimited” always hide any restrictions, and Google has a photo of two of them.
Download photos must have a resolution of over 16 megapixels, or 4920 x 3264 pixels. Images of larger resolution will be automatically compressed to the appropriate size. This is sufficient for most modern smartphones; however, the quality of pictures taken any SLR camera will be significantly degraded when uploading to Google Photos.
As for video, the maximum resolution support 1080p, so all video formats such as 2K and 4K, shot on smartphones, will also be compressed.
For normal users, these restrictions will not be felt. If your only camera is an iPhone or Android smartphone, Google Photo would be the perfect solution. If you are a professional or just a lover of photography, these constraints will be difficult to accept.