Back to mail and storages, or are you still sharing photos over socnets and messengers?

I’m very big fan of photography, and high quality photography. Somehow suddenly I found out not very interesting and not very comfortable quality of social networks (VKontakte, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and messenger apps (Viber, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger).

Camera

I use my phone Huawei Honor 7.

For hairsplitters: 20 MP, f/2.0, 27 mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/2.4′ sensor size, geo-tagging.

In the settings it shows 20 MPix = 5152х3888 pixels (4:3 ratio).

Original

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/fQ1zkGiW3TzasihhR91xjslvV49n0gVBt06f2v9tH1n?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

Original data:

Name: IMG_20161106_151833.jpg

Size: 6,99 MB

Corresponding size: 20 MPix

Pixels: 5152х3888

EXIF data: available (aperture, exposure, focal length, sensitivity (ISO), flash, photo creation date, focus type, and many more).

GPS data: available (longitude and latitude, altitude above sea level).

Worsening of images in messengers

I will start from messengers. They are very comfortable and useful… but only for preview. Once I tried to share and receive photos from messenger apps from many people at once and put those photos in the consistent order I became very disappointed… That’s why here’s brief description of the experiment.

Facebook Messenger

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/Qq3NIcGznTWsY5Hp2dCceVfIQyrIxxalIavRNqFL8Nz?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

Photo data:

Name: 15388580_10211355797636160_1746442783_o.jpg

Size: 412,831 KB

Pixels: 2048х1545

Corresponding Size: 3.2 MPix

EXIF data: absent

GPS data: absent

VKontakte Messenger

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/evz6dfvltVMypV4BZsIgWEV4GEadTgGjwRYcEy8v9A7?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

Photo data:

Name: wt5h0sq6iJ0.jpg

Size: 924,13 KB

Pixels: 2560х1932

Corresponding Size: 4,9 MPix

EXIF data: absent

GPS data: absent

Viber

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/mRLqFyBwxi2ZUZewf2N4oxiLQNb1EmsltYRcl9x7WGV?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

Photo data:

Name: viber image.jpg

Size: 193,383 KB

Pixels: 1280х965

Corresponding Size: 1.2 MPix

EXIF data: absent

GPS data: absent

Whatsapp

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/ZWArQyVSv6ioEaNMm4uhDZY8qgTyimAlPB7Vc9wfKv4?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

Photo data:

Name: IMG-20161205-WA0000.jpg

Size: 218,958 KB

Pixels: 1288х972

Corresponding Size: 1.2 MPix

EXIF data: absent

GPS data: absent

Conclusions?

Parameters Original Facebook Messenger VKontakte Messenger Viber Whatsapp
Pixels 5152х3888 2048х1545 2560х1932 1280х965 1288х972
Size 6,99 MB 0,412 MB 0,924 MB 0,193 MB 0,219 MB
Pixel ratio

Size ratio

1:1

1:1

1:2,52

1:17

1:2,0125

1:7,5

1:4,025

1:36

1:4

1:32

As you can see, Oh My God What’s Happening and quality worsening cannot be reverted… And we can leave aside those weird namings and clearing information from photofile. Don’t use these programs for photofile transfer.

Image quality worsening in social network publications

The same as for messengers, when you are posting photo in social networks, the image quality worsening is inevitable. The original is the same, the social networks differ.

VKontakte

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/awMtfG39VbvzQ8YSxxIuYJofvYPmzzP4LPUpDNFTNfr?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

Photo data:

Name: dyXNJcoZCwA.jpg

Size: 924,13 KB

Pixels: 2560х1932

Corresponding Size: 4,9 MPix

EXIF data: absent

GPS data: absent, but when you’re posting it suggest location.

Facebook

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/WrbgPurnAlPdY9XaI9Q4apKaCEpHxsE6LYjG9QRQq5V?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

Photo data:

Name: 15384404_10211356342129772_4945343211878665294_o.jpg

Size: 375,800 KB

Pixels: 2048х1545

Corresponding Size: 3.2 MPix

EXIF data: absent

GPS data: absent, but when you’re posting it suggest location.

Instagram

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/iMZEWKdOVcme0GJYdTxjMAZT6CC4ajKpMDTyQMo94oB?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

Photo data:

Name: 15306022_1352341488112473_7585066863558656_n.jpg

Size: 169,630 KB

Pixels: 1080х1080

Corresponding Size: 1.2 MPix

EXIF data: absent

GPS data: absent, but when you’re posting it suggest location.

Twitter

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/4Fs6dWhtFD6d0hQUTd8MKVobm1Q3z197LsVaouSGsuc?ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

Photo data:

Name: Cy4NzysXEAEIWXQ.jpg-large

Size: 530,96 KB

Pixels: 2048х1545

Corresponding Size: 3.2 MPix

EXIF data: absent

GPS data: absent, but when you’re posting it suggest location.

Conclusions?

Parameters Original VKontakte Facebook Instagram Twitter
Pixelsв 5152х3888 2560х1932 2048х1545 1080х1080 2048х1545
Size 6,99 MB 0,924 MB 0,375 MB 0,169 MB 0,530 MB
Pixel ratio

Size ratio

1:1

1:1

1:2,0125

1:7,5

1:2,52

1:18

1:4,77 | 1:3,5

1:41

1:2,52

1:13

Conclusions about posts in social networks are the same… Nothing’s sunny, because the quality is being worsened many-fold, and I don’t want to compare it pixel by pixel or other ways.

Advise

If you are the same hairsplitter as I am, or you want to preserve a good quality of photo in your collection or album – send it via email, share it via Dropbox, Google Drive, Amazon Drive or any other services.

Finally, if you want, use the same special programs for size reduction of photos or editing: FastStone Image Viewer (Windows), JPEGmini Pro (Mac), Lyn (Mac).

P.S.

This information is more for those who love good originals, less for those who likes comparing quality of different social networks.

7 thoughts on “Back to mail and storages, or are you still sharing photos over socnets and messengers?”
  1. Ти хіба раніше не знав що соцмережі гівнять якість? Більше того, є деякі поєднання кольорів, які просто не відображаються в них, а йдуть плямами та викривляються, хоча в оригіналі все ок. Я вже не кажу про спроби виставляти фотографії чи скани малюнків з дрібним штрихуванням, його просто з’їдає.

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