Offering up proof that membership indeed has its benefits, Amazon is adding another considerable checkmark to the list of perks for Prime subscribers. According to Amazon, the new Prime Photos service brings unlimited cloud storage for photographs at a cost of zero dollars. Images are stored to the user’s Amazon Cloud Drive and support for mobile uploading is available for Android and iOS devices, as well as Fire tablets and phones. Prime Photos also supports free storage of videos less than 2 GB in size and no longer than 20 minutes in length.
Those concerned with limitations on size per image need not fret. The service allows for the uploading of full resolution images in JPG and RAW formats, in addition to other standards like BMP, GIF, and PNG. Video formats supported include MP4, AVI, FLV, and more.
Now for the bad news: Professional photographers interested in taking full advantage won’t be able to use the service. Due to certain restrictions that specify usage is only for personal photography, commercial images, and media associated with a photography business don’t qualify for the freebie.
Prime subscribers who cancel their accounts will be billed standard cloud storage rates. Currently, Amazon offers 5 GB of free cloud storage but charges kick in past that point. Yearly subscription rates for cloud storage are $10 for 20 GB and $25 for 50 GB.