The Dispersed Photo Challenge Study

March 6, 2013

How do you keep track of your ballooning collection of photos when these are stored on multiple devices (computer, smartphone, tablet) or online services (photo sites, social media sites)? 

In our survey among 1,004 North American respondents we found that more than 76% of them store more than 25 photos on different device types (e.g. on a smartphone and on a computer):

More than half store more than 25 photos on multiple photo, social network or online storage sites.

While finding photos has never been easy, the problem has exploded now that most people no longer have a central repository where they store their photos.

Combining the results of a survey among 1,004 North American respondents with hands-on reviews of and interviews with an emerging crop of innovative solution providers, The Dispersed Photo Challenge Study presents a broad analysis of what is arguably the biggest remaining challenge in digital photography.

The Dispersed Photo Challenge Study has the following chapters:

  1. Executive Summary

  2. The Dispersed Photo Problem

  3. Photo Aggregation vs. Discovery Functionality

  4. Photo Aggregation Functionality

  5. Photo Discovery Functionality

  6. Detailed Comparison of 18 Solutions

The 94 page report includes 26 graphs and 3 tables.


Includes in-depth analyses of:

  1. Adobe Revel

  2. Apple iCloud Photo Stream

  3. Cooliris

  4. Dropbox

  5. Everpix

  6. Found

  7. Google+

  8. Microsoft SkyDrive

  9. MyShoebox

  10. NeroKwik

  11. Photobucket

  12. Picturelife

  13. Pixable

  14. Smile by Webshots

  15. SugarSync

  16. Swirl

  17. ThisLife

  18. Woven

Analysis per vendor:

  1. From where do they aggregate photos?

  2. How do they handle photo changes and deletes?

  3. What syncing or aggregation methods do they use?

  4. Do they deduplicate photos; if so, how?

  5. What kinds of metadata do they gather and leverage?

  6. What kinds of sharing functionality do they offer?

  7. Do they offer an API?

  8. Do they offer photo output product features?

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