Nikon has announced its new cloud-based image storage and sharing service, Nikon Image Space, available free online from January 28.
A redesigned, rebranded and simplified version of its my Picturetown service, Nikon Image Space will be open to all photography enthusiasts, regardless of what camera they own.
Although the site isn't live until next week, Nikon has said the new user interface aims to make it easier for users to upload, store and share their photos and movies online, while its improved processing capabilities will make the whole service faster.
Nikon Space Image will offer two types of free accounts when it launches next week. The Basic account will provide 2GB of storage space, available to any user. The Special account, offering 20GB of storage, is only accessible to owners of a Nikon digital camera, with users having to first complete an online application to verify their hardware. This exclusive Nikon-owner account will feature added extras such as options to restrict sharing and downloads.
Improved social media integration within Nikon Image Space should make sharing your pictures with friends and family far easier, but Nikon have yet to release more details.
“Nikon has offered my Picturetown, our original online service for storing photos, since August 2007 – and it’s been very popular,” says Zurab Kiknadze from Nikon Europe. “However, we recognised that the time had come to give this service a complete overhaul – to create new service that is more intuitive, fun and easier to use.”
Nikon’s new site could be an attempt to break into the photo sharing community currently dominated by Flickr and other sites such as Google and Instagram. As of yet, Nikon’s own photo storing and sharing service has not made much impression upon photographers, but their new sleeker and more intuitive site could be the new online storage choice.
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