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http://www.photobuyerguide.comComparison table of the most important information about all microstocks: Shutterstock, iStockphoto, Fotolia, Dreamstime, 123RF, Bigstock and Depositphotos

Microstock Comparison

Feb 12/10, 8:21   

Shutterstock | iStockphoto | Fotolia | Dreamstime | 123RF | Bigstock | Depositphotos


 
Number of images
Single purchase possibility
Single purchase packages/ price
Subscription purchase possibility
Subscription purchase packages/ price
Restrictions of standard license
Extended license price
Restrictions of extended license
Supported payment methods
Pro et contra
Summary
 
Shutterstock
Number of images
70 millions
Single purchase possibility
No
Single purchase packages/price
-
Subscription purchase possibility
Yes
Subscription purchase packages/price
price period per image
Basic Package  
$49 12 months $9.80
$229 12 months $9.16
Professional Package  
$199/mon 12 months $0.27
$169/mon 12 months $0.48
$249/mon 1 month $0.31
$199/mon 1 month $0.57
Enhanced License  
$199 12 month $99.5
$449 12 months $89.8
$1,699 12 months $67.96
Restrictions of standard license
Maximal times to reproduce/display the content, or an element of the content: 500 000.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: no.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Extended license price
$67.96-$99.50
Restrictions of extended license
Maximal times to reproduce/display the content, or an element of the content: unlimited.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: yes.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Supported payment methods
Credit card, Wire Transfer or check
Pro et contra
pro:
+: the largest one among all stock photo agencies;
+: very quick update and growth of the image database;
+: possibility to purchase images for editorial usage.
contra:
-: subscription only (no single purchases available);
-: relatively high rate of the minimal amount of account refilling.
Summary
Sales are available by subscription only, so it's good for those who needs a large number of images regularly. Such clients will appreciate quick offer enlargement, enabling the client to find high-quality pictures everyday.
iStockphoto
Unbenanntes Dokument
Images amount
9 millions
Single purchase possibility
Yes
Single purchase packages/price
price per image
$49,99 $1.67
$72,99 $1.62
$94.99 $1.58
$230,99 $1.54
$545 $1.51
$967 $1.49
$1465 $1.47
$4200 $1.40
Subscription purchase possibility
Yes
Subscription purchase packages/price
price period per
image
$729 6 months $0.20
$995 3 months $0.32
$1349 12 months $0.19
$1995 6 months $0.32
$2045 3 months $0.32
$3795 3 months $0.35
$3795 12 months $0.30
$3895 6 months $0.31
$7195 6 months $0.33
$7395 12 months $0.29
$7745 3 months $0.36
$13795 12 months $0.32
$14695 6 months $0.34
$27925 12 months $0.32
Restrictions of standard license
Maximal times to print the content, or an element of the content: 500 000.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: yes with restrictions.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Extended license price
$19.50-$187.50
Restrictions of extended license
Maximal times to print the content, or an element of the content: unlimited except for following derivative goods intended for resale:
 - up to 100 000 cards, stationery items, stickers, or paper products,
 - up to 10 000 posters, calendars, mugs, or mousepads,
 - up to 2 000 T-shirts, apparel items, games, toys, entertainment goods, or framed artwork.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: yes.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Supported payment methods
Credit card, PayPal, check or money order
Pro et contra
pro:
+: great number of unique high-level images by exclusive photographers and illustrators;
+: small minimal payment for account refilling ($19.99);
+: flexible subscription system.
contra:
-: prices on the average are higher than competitors have;
-: by subscription you buy credits and not a number of images, so a price for some large-size picture purchased by subscription on the iStockphoto can be several times higher than on other microstocks.
Summary
Searching high-quality exclusive pictures? Welcome to the iStockphoto. Here you will find out a huge number of exclusive artists, selling their high-level arts for iStockphoto's clients only. Probably prices are a little bit higher, but you will really get what you pay for.
Of course besides of exclusive ones, there are millions of other stock works here, so a iStockphoto's assortment is very competitive.
Fotolia
Number of images
19.2 millions
Single purchase possibility
Yes
Single purchase packages/price
price per image
$12-$23 $1.20
$24-$59 $1.15
$60-$119 $1.09
$120-$179 $1.04
$180-$299 $1.00
$300-$599 $0.92
$600-$1199 $0.86
$1200-$2399 $0.80
$2400-... $0.75
Subscription purchase possibility
Yes
Subscription purchase packages/price
price period per
image
$199 1 month $0.27
$249 1 month $0.33
$499 3 months $0.22
$624 3 months $0.28
$899 6 months $0.20
$1124 6 months $0.25
$1649 12 months $0.18
$2061 12 months $0.23
$10554 12 months $0.14
$14427 12 months $0.16
Restrictions of standard license
Maximal times to print the content, or an element of the content: unlimited.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: yes with restrictions.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Extended license price
$8-$400
Restrictions of extended license
Maximal times to print the content, or an element of the content: unlimited.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: yes.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Supported payment methods
Credit card, PayPal, WebMoney, ClickandBuy, Wire Transfer or check
Pro et contra
pro:
+: low limit to an amount for account to be refilled ($12);
+: low cost on single purchases;
+: low cost on the extended license for many files;
+: flexible subscription system for avoiding paying for unnecessary services;
+: multiple ways of balance refilling.
contra:
-: none.
Summary
A good choice both for those who wants to buy one or two images and for those who needs monthly subscription for several hundreds files. This microstock possesses a huge variety of images, low prices and almost restriction-free licenses. Especially interesting opportunity for those who search files to be purchased by extended license. Nowhere you will find it cheaper and with lower restrictions.
Dreamstime
Images amount
15 millions
Single purchase possibility
Yes
Single purchase packages/price
price per image
$9.99 $1.25
$14.99 $1.15
$24.99 $1.00
$49.99 $0.96
$99.99 $0.93
$150-$159 $0.91
$160-$500 $0.87
$501-$2290 $0.85
$2291-$7299 $0.84
$7300-$12358 $0.83
$12359-$17409 $0.82
$17410-$22474 $0.81
$22475-$24999 $0.80
$25001-... $0.77
Subscription purchase possibility
Yes
Subscription purchase packages/price
price period per
image
$44.99 1 week $0.63
$79.99 1 week $0.46
$128.99 1 month $0.43
$139.99 1 week $0.40
$239.99 1 month $0.32
$369.99 3 months $0.41
$419.99 1 month $0.28
$659.99 3 months $0.29
$679.99 6 months $0.37
$1129.99 3 months $0.25
$1249.99 6 months $0.27
$1299.99 12 months $0.36
$2159.99 6 months $0.24
$2399.99 12 months $0.36
$3739.99 12 months $0.20
Restrictions of standard license
Maximal times to print the content, or an element of the content: 500 000.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: no.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Extended license price
$19-$50
Restrictions of extended license
Maximal times to print the content, or an element of the content: 2 500 000 for non-commercial use, 10 000 for use in any derived goods intended for resale.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: yes.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Supported payment methods
Credit card, PayPal, check or money order
Pro et contra
pro:
+: minimal amount to refill your accont is very small ($9.99);
+: quite low cost of single purchases;
+: low limit of the subscription cost;
+: possibility to use weekly subscription;
+: raw file (DNG) purchase is available for some of the files;
+: "exclusive rights" purchase is available for some of the files;
+: possibility to purchase images for editorial usage.
contra:
-: popular files are much more expensive than others.
Summary
Minimal refilling amount is $9.99, at that is a good choice for those who needs one or two images. For those who consider standard subscription with 25 images per day as an excessive one the great opportunity would be cheap subscription with 10 images per day only. Dreamstime offers other services as well for any client, and this stock photo agency is keeping up with its competitors about its prices on single purchases.
Images amount
15.9 millions
Single purchase possibility
Yes
Single purchase packages/price
price per image
$15 $1.00
$30 $0.94
$50 $0.89
$100 $0.87
$300 $0.86
$1000 $0.83
$2500 $0.76
$5000 $0.68
Subscription purchase possibility
Yes
Subscription purchase packages/price
price period per
image
$89 1 month $0.59
$199 3 months $0.44
$230 1 month $0.29
$590 3 months $0.25
$749 12 months $0.41
$1960 12 months $0.21
Restrictions of standard license
Maximal times to print the content, or an element of the content: unlimited.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: no.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Extended license price
$34-$100
Restrictions of extended license
Maximal times to print the content, or an element of the content:
- "Print" license: 10 000;
- "Electronic Distribution" license: unlimited;
- "Comprehensive" license: unlimited.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: yes.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Supported payment methods
Credit card, PayPal, Moneybookers, Wire Transfer or check
Pro et contra
pro:
+: small minimal payment for account refilling ($15);
+: low prices for subscription (from $89);
+: low prices for single purchases;
+: multiple ways of balance refilling;
+: possibility to purchase images for editorial usage;
+: bonus program for customers.
contra:
-: none.
Summary
You will definitely enjoy this microstock. If you want to buy few images, you will be amazed by the small minimal payment for balance refilling and low prices for single purchases. And if you want to get a subscription, you'll be surprised by unparalleled cheap packages, opening you an access to subscriptions, unavailable for clients of the most of other microstocks.
Bigstock
Images amount
9 millions
Single purchase possibility
Yes
Single purchase packages/price
price per image
$13 $2.17
$49 $1.96
$169 $1.69
$339 $1.36
$495 $0.99
$500-... $0.99
Subscription purchase possibility
No
Subscription purchase packages/price
-
Restrictions of standard license
Maximal times to reproduce/display the content, or an element of the content: unlimited.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: no.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Extended license price
$13.50-$360
Restrictions of extended license
Maximal times to reproduce/display the content, or an element of the content:
- "Single Use" license: 1 copy;
- "Limited Use" license: up to 5 000 copies;
- "Unlimited Use" license: unlimited.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: yes.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Supported payment methods
Credit card, PayPal, Google Checkout
Pro et contra
pro:
+: relatively small minimal payment for account refilling ($49);
+: prices for large-size pictures are relatively lower than on other microstocks;
+: possibility to purchase images for editorial usage;
+: possibility to buy 1 image without preliminary registration or credits purchasing.
contra:
-: prices on the average are higher than competitors have;
-: single purchases only (no subscription available);
-: the range of images available is little less than other competitors have.
Summary
Bigstock can be a good solution for those who needs large amounts of high-resolution images. Also it's important to note such advantage as extremely low price of extended license for single use.
Depositphotos
Images amount
10 millions
Single purchase possibility
Yes
Single purchase packages/price
price per image
$10 $0.50
$20 $0.50
$30 $0.50
$40 $0.50
$50 $0.50
$60 $0.50
$70 $0.50
$80 $0.50
$90 $0.50
$100 $0.50
$10-... $0.50
Subscription purchase possibility
Yes
Subscription purchase packages/price
price period per
image
$19 3 days $0.63
$39 7 days $0.37
$59 1 month $0.39
$79 15 days $0.35
$99 1 month $0.33
$180 1 month $0.24
$460 3 months $0.17
$850 6 months $0.13
$1600 12 months $0.10
Restrictions of standard license
Maximal times to print the content, or an element of the content: 499 999.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: no.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Extended license price
$20-$60
Restrictions of extended license
Maximal times to print the content, or an element of the content:
- "EL1" license: 499 999;
- "EL2" license: unlimited;
- "EL3" license: 2 000-100 000 depending of the good;
- "EL4" license: unlimited;
- "EL5" license: unlimited.
Use the content in any derivative goods intended for resale: yes.
Duration of license: unlimited.
Supported payment methods
Credit card, PayPal, Moneybookers, WebMoney, via SMS
Pro et contra
pro:
+: minimal credit package costs just $10;
+: images at minimal available size cost $0.50 even at cheap credit packages;
+: free bonus image for every image bought for credits (except when buying extra small);
+: low cost of subscription;
+: flexible subscription system with short periods;
+: possibility to use free trial subscription for 14 days (see review);
+: opportunity to purchase images via SMS (see review);
+: possibility to buy 1 image without preliminary registration or credits/subscription purchasing.
contra:
-: price of 1 credit is always valued at $1 not depending of the credit package size.
Summary
At Depositphotos you'll find almost lowest prices for standard licensed images. Also there is wide variety of payment methods. Depositphotos is the first microstock to offer its customers subscription for periods less than a month (minimal period - just 3 days).
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