Flickr and Shutterfly both offer online storage for your digital photos. They both provide a convenient place for users to upload photos and share them online. However, there are major differences between the two services. For example, Flickr is designed for online photo sharing, while Shutterfly mostly focuses on allowing users to order physical prints, photo books, greeting cards and other printed items featuring images from their online gallery. It will depend on what you are looking for in an image host to decide which service is right for you.
Both Flickr and Shutterfly will allow you to upload photos and share them with friends and family. You can also arrange your photos in online photo albums. This is convenient for organizing your photos. Also, both Flickr and Shutterfly will allow you to browse the photos of other users and communicate with other photographers using the service.
Shutterfly users do not have any limit to how many photos they can upload, but Flickr users are limited to 250 photos for a free account. You can continue to upload images past the 250 limit, but only the most recent photos will be visible. For unlimited uploading, Flickr users will have to pay for a yearly "Pro" account. However, Flickr allows other users to comment or add your photos their "favorites," which is great for photographers looking for constructive criticism for their work. Shutterfly does not allow users to comment on photographs. Another feature Flickr has that is not included with Shutterfly is the ability to tag people and places.
Shutterfly is completely free to join, but you will have to pay for any prints or photo gifts you want to purchase. Flickr "Pro" accounts cost $24.95 per year at the time this is written, and they do not offer prints or photo gifts directly through their service like Shutterfly. However, Flickr has partnered with HP's Snapfish service for physical prints and other items with your photos printed on them. At the time of this writing, Flickr users who sign up for a new Snapfish account can receive 50 free prints of their digital photos.
One feature that Flickr has that Shutterfly does not offer is video uploading. However, Flickr's video uploading service is very different from that of video-only sites such as YouTube, Vimeo and MegaVideo. Flickr video uploads are limited to only 90 seconds and the highest resolution available is 720p.
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