Amazing Prime members are getting an extra little perk in their accounts today, free unlimited photo storage. In the service Amazon is calling Prime Photos, users of the Amazon Prime membership program are now able to store images in their original resolutions to Amazon Cloud Drive - available for any device, mobile or otherwise. Pairing this with their free 2 day shipping, Amazon Prime has become an absolute must for photographers everywhere.
To give Prime Photos a test run, you're able to do that now by visiting the Amazon Prime homepage for the new service by clicking here, and downloading the Cloud Drive Photos application for iOS or Android. You're also able to download the Cloud Drive Windows upload application or use the web browser version if you're on Apple (Amazon promises a Mac version is in the works). You're also able to access your photo galleries at any time using Amazon Fire TV, the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, and select LG and Samsung smart TVs.
While the app itself is nothing new, the new unlimited storage system is. And this all comes for an Amazon Prime price of $99 annually. However, a Prime membership also gives you access to free two-day shipping (and only $3.99 one-day shipping) on millions of items on Amazon, as well as nearly 100,000 TV episodes and movies to stream for free, a million popular songs to stream, and over 600,000 books to borrow for the Kindle through the Kinder Owners' Lending Library.
While Amazon says there are no file restrictions of upload size limits, it's unsure if you're able to upload a massive .PSD file with ease. However, I was able to add a .CR2 (Canon native RAW) and an .IIQ (Phase One native RAW) file without any issues. The ability to back up your images to a cloud service is an absolute must to ensure safety of your files and work. For comparison, Flickr only offers 1TB of free storage, and Apple's largest cloud plan is - 1TB, at $20 a month.
While you're able to share your images from the Cloud Drive to social media, the service itself is secure, and designed as storage, and not as a way to show off your images to the public.