In keeping with our look at popular cloud backup services today we’re going to take a look at a photocentric social-media/licensing platform: 500px. If you need a primer on backups in general start here.
Like the other social media platforms we’ve looked at, 500px isn’t really designed as a back-up service, however, it isn’t like the other social media platforms either. 500px seems to actually be a photo-centric social media licensing platform. In short, it’s what we all wished/thought Flickr was. That being said, let’s have a look at how it stacks up as a platform for cloud backup.
Free Storage Option: 2000 Images
Paid Storage Option/Annual Cost: 100,000 Images ($36, $60 & $240 per year depending on the tools you need)
Compression: Yes (See? I told you this wasn’t a backup service)
JPG Support: Yes
TIFF Support: Yes
RAW Support: No (Ahem!)
Device Support: I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Ease of Backup: Manual
Ease of Restoring: Manual
Privacy: Not bad considering that this is basically an online portfolio and social media platform for photographers.
Licensing: This service gives 8 different options on how users wish to license their photos on the service. None of which gives licensing rights or ownership to 500px. Kudos to them for giving users this level of control and flexibility on how their photos are used.
500px is a compelling service - but it really isn’t for backups.
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