When comparing Flickr vs VSCO, the Slant community recommends VSCO for most people. In the question“What are the best photography apps for Android?” VSCO is ranked 4th while Flickr is ranked 10th. The most important reason people chose VSCO is:
You can set up exposure, aperture, focus, warmth, brilliance, shutter speed, etc. before taking the shot. In other words, while there are great photo editing tools and filters available with maximum customization for creating great pictures, this is one camera app that is actually more of a camera app than a filter app.
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Pro Can be set to auto-upload images
Flickr has an app on Windows, OSX, iOS and Android, called Flickr Uploadr (available for download in the tools section) that can automatically upload images to Flickr. It can even pull images from external drives and other cloud storage services such as iCloud.
Pro Photos are backed up elsewhere
I mainly use Google Photos and keep separate local backup of all my photos, but also use the IOS app which transfers all new photos onto Flickr storage as well.
Pro Good search
Flickr is capable of searching images by a combination of content, color, shape, depth of field, style, pattern, size, license and other options.
Pro Built-in image recognition
Flickr will automatically attempt to figure out the contents of a picture and tag them appropriately. This will allow you to look for, for example, all images of flowers, bridges or butterflies.
Pro In-camera professional photography tools
You can set up exposure, aperture, focus, warmth, brilliance, shutter speed, etc. before taking the shot.
In other words, while there are great photo editing tools and filters available with maximum customization for creating great pictures, this is one camera app that is actually more of a camera app than a filter app.
Pro 15 in app tools
This app has many of the tools users expect and more. These include exposure, temperature, contrast, saturation, sharpening, and more.
Pro Option to tap any part of the screen to take a photo
With VSCO cam, a mode can be selected where a photo can be taken by touching anywhere on the screen, not just one specific button.
Pro In-app camera roll
The VSCO camera roll can be kept separate from the primary one, or combined.
Pro Adjustable filter intensity
Any filter can be applied on a scale of 1-12 and filters can be applied in layers over each other.
Pro Very clean feeling interface
The VSCO cam has a minimalistic approach to the interface. The color scheme is mostly black and grey, and many buttons don't have labels.
Pro Optional social network
VSCO Cam has an in-app sharing platform, but it doesn't force users to join. For those who opt in, the experience is much like Instagram but without spammy likes or ads.
Pro Social media integration
VSCO Cam integrates with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and G+ for quick sharing.
Con No offline view
While Google Photos and iCloud Photo Library allow you to select if you want to keep local copies of your photos, Flickr only allow you to view your photos online.
Con There are limits on file sizes
Images can't be more than 200MB a piece and each video can't take up more than 1GB of space.
Con No support for lossless file formats
Photos can only be saved as .jpg, .gif (non-animated) and .png files.
Con Lack of direction
Instead of doing a great job at one thing, this app spreads the focus over a number of mediocre features. Overall, everything is good, but this app doesn't stand out.