Google Photos’ high quality mode could damage all your photos, according to Google
The Mountain Viewers change their strategy on Google Photos, and now recommend that all users switch to “original quality” for each of their stored photos.
For quite a few years, Google has been encouraging users to store all of their photos on Google Drive in its proprietary high-quality compressed mode, so that virtually all of our memories from the past few years have been stored with that recommended compression.
But it seems that things have changed for Google, as can be read in a recent email (via mspoweruser) sent to their subscribed users where they basically advertise premium photo editing features, but where they also recommend to change “high quality” photo storage to “original quality” upload, or they could risk making their photos look much worse.
To justify us making this change, they claim that photos stored in “original quality” retain most of the detail and allow you to zoom, crop, and print photos with less pixelation. To demonstrate the difference that would exist between a photograph stored in “original quality” or “high quality”, they have shown the following example photograph:
As you can see, the difference between “original quality” and “high quality compressed quality” seems exaggerated, although on paper there is not that much difference.
Looking back at 2015, the creator of Google Photos, Anil Sabharwal, noted that “high quality” uploads offered nearly identical visual quality compared to the original photos. It seems simply a marketing move for the user to now bet on the original quality and acquire additional space.
And it is that the “original quality” uploads, those recommended now, come at whatever resolution the camera was originally configured to, with what in general are larger files and therefore consume a lot of user storage quota. faster, requiring you to purchase an extra Google One plan.