Microstock Sites - Price Comparison

 

The table below shows data we have collected that relates to image pricing on microstock sites. Many sites offer a credit system, when purchases of larger numbers of credits attracts a discount. Credits often cost 1$, but prices vary. If a site does not offer a credit system we have listed the credit price as $1. Note that some sites offer image subscription services this sometimes makes those sites appear expensive when in fact they may be better value depending on your needs.

We have also drawn a conclusion which sites are best for image buyers.

Site Approx. size of photo collection (0 = no current estimate) Cost of 1 Credit (basic) Cost of a standard image (1600x1200) 2MP approx Real US$ Cost of 1 Standard Image
Albumo (Fantero) 855000 Images $ 1 1 Credit 1
Canstockphoto.com 30000000 Images $ 0.6 3 Credits 1.8
Cutcaster.com 2600000 Images $ 1.42 2 Credits 2.84
StockFresh 5000000 Images $ 1 3 Credits 3
Photodune.net 9700000 Images $ 1 3 Credits 3
Depositphotos.com 50000000 Images $ 2 2 Credits 4
Microstockphoto.com 57000 Images $ 2 2 Credits 4
Zoonar 3600000 Images $ 4.1 1 Credit 4.1
123rf 64000000 Images $ 1.6 3 Credits 4.8
Fotolia 65000000 Images $ 1 5 Credits 5
Featurepics.com 580000 Images $ 1 5 Credits 5
Photaki.com 1100000 Images $ 1.33 4 Credits 5.32
YayMicro.com 7100000 Images $ 5.8 1 Credit 5.8
Crestock.com 2500000 Images $ 1 6 Credits 6
Bigstockphoto 41000000 Images $ 3.5 2 Credits 7
Dreamstime 49000000 Images $ 1.2 7 Credits 8.4
Vivozoom.com 0 Images $ 1 9 Credits 9
Shutterstock.com 103000000 Images $ 1 9 Credits 9
iStockphoto 20000000 Images $ 10 1 Credit 10
PantherMedia 10000000 Images $ 2 6 Credits 12
MostPhotos.com 13000000 Images $ 13.8 1 Credit 13.8
Photocase 380000 Images $ 2.33 6 Credits 13.98
ImageVortex 0 Images $ 1 20 Credits 20

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