Your photos, simplified (Part 1)

Dropbox + photos = <3
Hey everyone!

You’ve been there. After a long night out, you left your phone in the cab. Or maybe you went canoeing and sent your camera for a swim. Buying a new one hurts, but the worst part is that all those photos and videos are long gone. Even when nothing bad happens, it’s no fun having to track down photos spread across your computers, your PowerShot, or that old cracked phone.

We’re excited to share a simple new way to help you bring all your photos and videos together in one place. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera or phone you have. And since this one place is in Dropbox, you can have all your photos and videos with you wherever you are. Here’s the scoop:

Starting today for Android, and coming soon for iOS, the Dropbox mobile apps can automatically upload your photos and videos to Dropbox using Wi-Fi or your data plan. They’re all uploaded at original size and full quality, and saved to a private folder in your Dropbox called Camera Uploads where they’re ready to view or share. Here’s a shot of the Android app in action:

Meanwhile, the new version of our Windows and Mac desktop apps can automatically upload from just about any camera, smartphone, tablet, or SD card you connect to your computer. If you’ve got great shots stranded on your Coolpix or piling up on your Canon 5D, all you’ve got to do is plug it in. We’re putting these apps through their final paces now — check here if you want to help get the kinks out!

Once your photos have been automatically uploaded to Dropbox, you’ll be able to check them out using a sneak peek of our new website. The new dropbox.com makes it way more fun and easy to flip through your pictures, where they’ll be as big and beautiful as your screen allows.

We’re really excited about these new features, and we think you’ll like them. To help you get started saving your photos, we’ll give you 500 MB of Dropbox space for your first automatic upload. As you take more photos and videos, you can use this feature to automatically upload up to a total of 3 GB extra for free.

We want to give a huge shoutout to our friends on the forums who helped us test these features. Thanks everyone!

To get started with the new Android app, head over to the Market now!