Does Google Photos Compress The Life Out Of Your Pics? Here’s What Our Experiment Revealed

Google Photos allows we to behind adult your images though interfering with your unchanging work upsurge or interrupting you. It is accessible opposite a platforms like iOS, Android and for your desktops and it’s substantially my favourite Google product in years, as we explained in this blog post. It silently sits in a credentials and does a pursuit formed on a instructions that we give it. For example, we might wish to usually behind adult your images when we are connected to a wall horse and have wifi incited on, or we might have a lot of giveaway information and wish to upload images, even when we are on connected on mobile data.


When it comes to a peculiarity of images that are uploaded, a app gives you dual options. You can select an choice to use a space that is accessible on Google Drive and upload full fortitude images or simply concede a app to downsize a picture and afterwards save it in your Google Drive though immoderate any space. This effectively means that we can upload total cinema to your Google Drive comment as enlarged as we are peaceful to accept somewhat shrunken images in resolution. Basically, Google reduces your images to a limit distance of 16 megapixels and video fortitude to 1080p. For many of us, 16MP sounds not so bad and is in fact in line with what many of a smartphone camera are means of shooting.


There is no accurate calculation of a distance of a picture in terms of space on disk, though only to give we an idea, an picture that we clicked on a Nexus 6P with 4032×3024 fortitude weighing 2.47MB had a same 4032×3024 fortitude on Google Photos, though a distance was forsaken to 1.2MB. While there was clearly no fortitude dump given a Nexus 6P takes images during 12.3MP, that falls within a 16MP mark, there unequivocally was some downsizing. Running a same examination with a incomparable 7626 × 3559 fortitude image, that was 3.1MB in size, we found that it was downsized to 5855×2732 pixels and 1.9MB. 5855×2732 equates to 16 MP so that downsizing was expected.

Now that this is out of a way, let’s unequivocally see how these numbers interpret into real-time performance. We have combined any image, in their local fortitude and distance as good as a same picture downloaded after it was corroborated adult by Google Photos. Post this, we have cropped a images to a same territory in sequence to see how much, if during all, a peculiarity of a picture falls. This would concede we a larger viewpoint when regulating a total backup mode and see if it is value losing those megapixels, generally if we after have to go forward and imitation these cinema or even blow them adult outdoors.

So let us take one instance any of picture in 3 opposite resolutions: one subsequent 16MP, a subsequent only decimals over 16MO, and a final set above 20MP. We will insert a samples of a images, both, in a strange resolution, as good as a fortitude post a upload to Google Photos. We will afterwards put them side by side to see if there is any manifest difference. And if that was not enough, we will do a corresponding comparison for a images after holding their 100% stand and see if we can unequivocally collect a difference. So let’s get going and see if application on Google Photos is something we need to worry about.

Below 16 megapixels

The shot was taken by a Samsung Galaxy S6 on a cold dusk in Mumbai, India. The picture on a left, as a convention, will be from Google Photos while a one on a right will be a original.

Original picture (4.9 MB):


Image after being uploaded on Google Photos (2.4 MB):


The dual images put side by side:


The same dual images with 100% stand comparison:


As we can also see, we can hardly tell any disproportion between a dual versions of a images. Unless we are someone who lives with images and is into a contention like photography or hardcore graphics, we will not unequivocally notice a teenager disproportion in a contrariety of a shadows and sum of a cloud that are mislaid in a images.

Just above 16 megapixels

The shot we chose for an picture only above 16 MP is an picture that we picked off Google Photos here and afterwards uploaded it manually regulating a desktop uploader.

Original picture (4912 × 3264 pixels and 4.4MB):


Image after being uploaded to Google Photos (4912 × 3264 pixels and 1.2 MB):


The dual images put side by side:


The same dual images with 100% stand comparison:


Just as we saw with a beach shot, there is hardly any disproportion that exposed eye can make out. If we open a picture on a 4K monitor, we might see some colour shifting, though on an bland screen, including a Retina Macbook, we couldn’t see a whole lot of difference. Another engaging partial was that while a distance of a picture was somewhat some-more than 16MP, despite in decimals, Google did not revoke a picture measure during all.

Above 20 megapixels

Above 20MP is where, we would design to see Google Photos restrict images and give we a sheer disproportion in images taken around a DSLR and a picture uploaded on Google Photos. The source of a picture was Flickr.

Original Image (5616 × 3744 pixels and 17.8MB):


Image after being uploaded to Google Photos (4898 × 3265 pixels and 3.4MB):


The dual images put side by side:


The same dual images with 100% stand comparison:


While we approaching Google to unequivocally hillside a quality, once again we was incompetent to unequivocally see an clear disproportion here. Even in 100% crop, a volume of sum for a exposed eye is unequivocally good on Google Photos and we had no qualms in uploading all a unequivocally high-quality images on Google Photos post this.

The other use box that one could make is that people might wish to imitation their images and as a result, wish a full fortitude picture with them – they will not wish to upload them on Google Photos and haven a scaled down version. However, we took a picture sets and went forward and printed them and took a shot of a formula with a DSLR. Yes, we know an picture of an picture is not unequivocally a many shining thought in a world, though this was unequivocally a best we could do to move we a formula of a imitation test.

Putting a beach images side by side on print:


The picture on a left is a one taken from Google Photos and we can see there is a teenager change in colours of a sky. For this observation, too, we need to unequivocally demeanour a dual images with a lot of thoroughness and for a enlarged period.

Comparing a 100% stand of a beach shot:


As expected, there is no genuine disproportion in between a crops, even in print.

Putting a full-sized images of a bee on comparison:


There is unequivocally zero we can make out in terms of disproportion on imitation here. The right side picture is a strange while a one on a left is off Google Photos. In imitation a dual look, only a same to an normal eye.

Comparing a 100% crops of a bee:


On a left is a imitation of a stand from Google Photos while on a right is a same from original. There is some detriment of details, generally if we demeanour unequivocally closely towards a tip left half of a image, though it is zero that is a large deal.

A blind test

So we consider we have hawk eyes? How about perplexing a blind exam to see if we can find that picture is from Google Photos and that one is a strange in a corresponding below*:




As for me, we was means to interpretation that unless we need to imitation large posters, for that we need to keep your images in full fortitude and quality, we are improved off simply uploading and subsidy them adult on Google Photos. Even for postcard-size copy work, Google Photos unequivocally doesn’t harm your images and a endless examination kind of kills a application myth.

* Answer: The picture on a left is from Google Photos, while a one on a right is a strange image.

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