Cloud Photos: Capture & Control Your Photos in the Cloud [Video Review]


A new app developed by Canadian company Syrp just launched in the App Store this week. It’s called Cloud Photos.

The premise is a way to capture, store and share your pictures in the cloud using Dropbox. Now you may be thinking you can just drag your photos into Dropbox manually, but what’s great about this app is it does it all for you in a much more elegant way.

With Cloud Photos you pick where your photo is going to be stored before you take the picture. So when it saves, it automatically saves into that folder. To me, this is the real genius of the application. I take a lot of pictures, but I’m terrible for sorting them and managing them properly. Cloud Photos does all this for me.

No more spending time dragging or copying photos into various folders.

Another great feature is Cloud Photos is only storing a thumbnail of the picture on your iPhone. The developers claim it’ll save you 40x the space on your device. But don’t worry, if you need the full file it’s right there for you in Dropbox.

Another great feature is the way to share your photos with others. From within the app you can email them, Tweet them or send an email link so friends and family can view the pictures. Cloud Photos even takes advantage of Air Print.

But say you’re out with some friends, on vacation, at an event, or say your kid’s birthday. You know everyone is going to be taking pictures. So send out a private link to certain people, and as they take pictures they’ll all be saved into a set folder so everyone has access to them. Cloud Photos will even notify you when new pictures are added.

Here’s my quick video of Cloud Photos in action.

This is a really nice, simple application that I plan to be using a lot more of. The photo management alone makes this a must have for me and anyone else who doesn’t always manage their photos well.

Right now it’s on sale in the App Store for $0.99. Well worth a try. Let me know what you think. Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for Dropbox–it’s free (you’ll help me extra storage and you’ll get a bonus too).


  • Thanks for sharing and great review. Exactly what I was looking for since I take and share tons and tons of photos with my 4s.  Snap and that’s it. No more need to Snap, open dropbox, upload etc etc. I’ll be using and hopefully the in-app Camera lives up.

  • Grey Jensen

    This app is a little piece of genius in the way that it leverages DropBox from the front end for storing, organizing and sharing photos. Steve Jobs tried to buy DropBox last year. The developers declined. Instead, he had to create iCloud — a non-starter for me, for a number of reasons. Photostream? No thanks. Get this little app, and do it with DropBox. Yes, the app has some issues — but the developer has been very responsive to my inquiries, and I fully expect the app to improve quickly.