When comparing Lightroom vs Mylio, the Slant community recommends Mylio for most people. In the question“What is the best photo organization software?” Mylio is ranked 2nd while Lightroom is ranked 4th.
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Pro Excellent asset management capabilities
Lightroom allows, for example, organizing images based on folders, color labels, flags, rating, keywords, GPS location, it can automatically create smart albums (albums that automatically update based on set rules) and it can be set to automatically backup, rename based on set rules, apply default processing, add keywords to images on import. It offers that functionality in an intuitive way and allows extensively customizing layout, behavior and workflow of managing assets to better suit your needs.
Pro Facial recognition helps find and tag people
Lightroom has built-in facial recognition support that can be used to find the same person in any collection of photographs.
Pro A good number of cameras have built-in lens profiles for lens distortion correction
Lightroom has over 900 lens profiles from all kinds of manufacturers, including major lens brands like Canon, Nikon, Leica, Pentax, Ricoh, etc. You can see the full list of supported lenses here. Lens profiles will in most cases speed up the process of correcting lens distortion down to 1-2 clicks.
Pro Intuitive interface that's streamlined for a photographer's workflow
At a high level the interface is organized into broad groups of tools called workflow modules. Modules like "Library" for asset management and "Develop" for manipulating the photos. Each module displays only those tools that are needed for that task. This allows you to separate concerns between tasks and reduces interface clutter. When you're, for example, developing the image, you're not bothered by interface tools relating to exporting it.
Within each module tools are grouped in a logical manner. Develop module, for example, will group tools relating to basic image adjustment, lens correction, and effects.
And there are a plethora of keyboard shortcuts that improve the workflow speed even further. At all times you can easily navigate between images you're working via arrow keys, quickly compare images before and after making edits with
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Pro Supports tethered capture
You can connect your camera directly to Lightroom and have Lightroom display images as soon as they are captured.
Pro HDR support
Can merge multiple shots into one in order to expand dynamic range.
Pro Good introductory tutorial
Pro Compatible with Lightroom
Edits done in Mylio are compatible with those made in Lightroom. You don't have to import changes from Lightroom, you can actually edit a photo multiple times from any of the two programs.
Pro Free for the light user up to the intermediate user
Free scheme allows you to manage up to 25k photo collection on 3 non-smartphone devices. Then add unlimited Android/iPhone devices, no RAW editing and good editing functionalities. The intermediate user could be satisfied for a long, long time before thinking to switch to a paid scheme.
Pro Lots of organizing capabilites
Can organize by albums, by folder, by date, by event (events can be automatically fetched from smartphone), by rating, by people (has face tagging/learning capability), by category, by flag, by place on the globe. Events can have categories assigned too. Can make complex searches by metadata, file name...
All of this does not have to be done on a specific device. You can sit on a sofa and start adding some ratings, clean up bad photos, then go to a desktop PC and do some face tagging. All the changes will be synced between the two devices and all associated devices asap.
Pro Seamless collection size management
If a device (such as smartphone) is going to run out of space, fire up the app. Assuming you've already given to Mylio an occasion to back up the original photos, it will automatically free up space and keep downsized versions only.
Pro Seamless collection propagation and back-up
The only thing you have to do to add new photos to your collection is to open the app. Fire up your Android app, your laptop and your desktop with HDD attached. In short time your photos will be saved on 3 different devices, which can be then moved to different locations for increased safety against data loss.
Con Hot folder option could be better
It can take a couple of seconds for Lightroom to check the folder for incoming images and that can noticeably slow down the workflow. Additionally, only the last image is imported as active.
Con No layer-based image editing capabilities
There are no layers removing any ability to blend images, create composits, overlay text, etc.
Con A compromise between portability and privacy
Mylio will not be in most cases ubiquitous as Google Photos, Flickr or iCloud, since offsite sync will only be available if you own one of the paid schemes, and the devices which are in possession of the original data are actually turned on and connected. Think as having your own Cloud storage at home. Some may like it, some may not.
Con There is only one version of the entire collection
If your collection is made of 1000 or 500k photos, it will always appear the same on ALL devices. This means that you can't store a "part" of your collection on a specific device (you could do so by adding different sync policies, but you may be quickly overwhelmed by the complexity of the management).
Con Android app is not optimized
Android app, despite the recent updates, is still unresponsive and somewhat tricky regarding to item selection and navigating the menus. Smartphone's built-in galleries run smoother with regard to just photo browsing.
Con Requires some basic IT skills and some "time to think"
Mylio is not for the totally casual user. Mylio requires someone who is INTERESTED in organizing and has some patience to fiddle with different devices and takes care of keeping some vault devices powered on regularly, so that the collection is actually backed up. Mylio needs you to have a "home", a physical place where your stuff, your family, your loved ones and their photos will be physically collected.