Many people don’t realize that an Amazon Prime subscription also includes unlimited photo backup. So, in an effort to bring attention to this feature, Amazon has introduced the ability to share the perk with friends and family.
With so many photo backup solutions on the market, Amazon’s service doesn’t appear all that different—at least on the surface. But the ability to share unlimited storage with friends and family is a huge bonus. And you can upload your photos at full resolution, which will appeal to pro photographers.
If you are subscribed to Prime, you can give up to five people the benefit of unlimited photo storage. Family and friends get their own individual cloud access, as well as the ability to upload to shared albums, a feature Amazon is calling Family Vault.
The deal also includes 5GB of storage for videos and other files, which is a nice benefit. Amazon offers apps for iOS and Android, while desktop users can upload their photos via the web.
Whoever is in charge of the Family Vault can also order prints through Amazon’s new photo printing service. I ordered a print through the new service a few weeks ago and it was an easy, painless experience. The quality wasn’t bad either.
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Google, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, Flickr, and many other cloud services make for good photo backup, so what sets Amazon apart? The ability to share your cloud storage is nice, and uploading images at full resolution doesn’t hurt.
I’m already tied up with Google Photos, but for pictures taken with my Sony a6300, Prime Photos is a nice alternative. If you have a Prime subscription and like the idea of creating shared albums, Amazon’s Family Vault feature will no doubt prove very useful.