Up to 5 GB of free Dropbox space for testing photo imports

Casual and pro shutterbugs rejoice! If you've been looking for more storage for your photos, or just about anything, Dropbox has a beta test for you. You can get up to 5 GB of free Dropbox space, for yours to keep, simply by uploading your photos and videos via Dropbox. This is on top of the 2 GB that comes standard with a free Dropbox account.

A new experimental Dropbox build, version 1.3.12, is available via Dropbox's forums, with a brief description of the beta test:

Hello Forum users!

Another day another build. We're trying to snipe all the most common bugs. Keep plugging in those cameras!
During this beta period, we are also offering additional free space to test automatic uploading of photos and videos. For every 500MB of photos and videos automatically uploaded, you'll receive another 500MB space bonus, up to 4.5GB total.

[Update: To clarify, you can get up to 5GB of free space with this feature, if you count the initial 500MB space for the first photo import].

To test this build, download the build for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux (32 or 64-bit). Then plug in a camera or a phone, and choose to import via Dropbox:

Dropbox will then copy the files to your Dropbox folder, under the "Camera Uploads" folder. As files are being copied, Dropbox will pop open balloon popups every 500 MB uploaded to inform you of any space increases for your account.

Be sure to copy photos and videos from devices, as we couldn't get the process initiated using a SD card reader. In addition, you can freely delete the photos from your account if you need the extra space for other uses.

Want more space for your Dropbox account? Be sure to follow the extra steps on dropbox.com/free, or if you're a student, you can also recommend friends from your school email address.

Thanks BudMan for the heads up on the forums!

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If you want your 5GB fast, here's my tip for you (it works on windows 7):
Create a folder named DCIM, and put it on one of your partition. (so the location would be "D:\DCIM\" for example)
Copy 5GB picture in the folder.
Right click on the partition and select the Dropbox option for importing pictures.

Zoli Csáki said,
If you want your 5GB fast, here's my tip for you (it works on windows 7):
Create a folder named DCIM, and put it on one of your partition. (so the location would be "D:\DCIM\" for example)
Copy 5GB picture in the folder.
Right click on the partition and select the Dropbox option for importing pictures.

Right click on the partition and select "Open AutoPlay..." and after that comes the Dropbox import

uploading several movies right now from my SD card and it accepts as well, so instead of filling the phone with big photos/movies, i just copied some big ol' movies to a SD card, plugged in my laptop and uploaded to my dropbox account.

domcaboy said,
Not sure if it's a bug, but i got up to 6 gig!

It's 5GB in addition to the 2GB you already get.

I've finished uploading so I now have 7GB.

Is this 5GB in addition to what you already have? I ask as I already have 5GB due to other promotions etc, and importing 4GB of images from my camera didnt give me anymore

BeLGaRaTh said,
Is this 5GB in addition to what you already have? I ask as I already have 5GB due to other promotions etc, and importing 4GB of images from my camera didnt give me anymore

Yes it is, and you have to wait for the import to complete (actually upload), Until that happens you won't see all the space. My first 500mb has worked, but it's going to take a looooooooong time to get 5gb done.

Shame ive only got 1gb worth of files on my phone but i have been given an extra 800mb from dropbox, sweet works well

freak180 said,
Im confused on how to do this. I download this and then what? what do i do with the folder?

You just connect your camera via USB to your computer while you have the Dropbox client running, and voila, the Dropbox client detects your camera and asks if you want to import the photos. When the Dropbox client is uploading the photos, the storage capacity in your Dropbox account increases (for every 500MB uploaded it also increases by 500MB). Once you have uploaded minimum 4.5GB of photos you have maxed the 5GB extra space available on your Dropbox account.

Pretty easy.

Yeah I got my cam and nothing still. What do i do with the dropbox-lnx.x86_64-1.3.12 that i downloaded?

bidz said,

You just connect your camera via USB to your computer while you have the Dropbox client running, and voila, the Dropbox client detects your camera and asks if you want to import the photos. When the Dropbox client is uploading the photos, the storage capacity in your Dropbox account increases (for every 500MB uploaded it also increases by 500MB). Once you have uploaded minimum 4.5GB of photos you have maxed the 5GB extra space available on your Dropbox account.

Pretty easy.

Whilst it's nice getting the free extra space, having Dropbox rename your images as it uploads is out of order to me, I have a filename convention I stick with, and that messes it up - I'm sure I'm not the only one that does this. Why could they not upload into sub-folders instead?

I'll stick with Google Picasa, it does the same thing - automatically upload my phone camera photos to the cloud (therefore desktops), and for just $5 per 20GB it's cheap.

Ill stick with sugarsync.. you already get 5gb storage and ability to upload photos! Too little, too late, and too much hard work.. Id have to copy 4.5gb pics to my phone then upload them.. I dont think so!

Why would anyone use Dropbox instead of skydrive&live mesh ?
Dropbox has a full access to your file (they admitted keeping the keys) where skydrive is using double way authentication, even MS employee can't access to your file.

I'm just asking why would anyone use derpbox, really

Anthonyd said,
Why would anyone use Dropbox instead of skydrive&live mesh ?
Dropbox has a full access to your file (they admitted keeping the keys) where skydrive is using double way authentication, even MS employee can't access to your file.

I'm just asking why would anyone use derpbox, really


For me it's integration with the OS. Dropbox is just another folder, and the ease of using and editing files is key. With Skydrive I believe (never actually used Skydrive, but looked into getting it) that you can only access files through the online interface?

Because it's awesome?

99% of online services can get access to your stuff in their service if they wanted - email, files, whatever.

If you really care, encrypt the stuff yourself before putting it on there, or, even better, don't put sensitive stuff on there to start with.

Me? I love Dropbox, and they can look at my photos and to-do lists all they want for all I care. My sensitive stuff is stored elsewhere.

laycat said,

For me it's integration with the OS. Dropbox is just another folder, and the ease of using and editing files is key. With Skydrive I believe (never actually used Skydrive, but looked into getting it) that you can only access files through the online interface?

Live mesh does that (same for ikenndac). You can have the same folder sync across multiple PC and/or a folder sync on the cloud.

Anthonyd said,
Why would anyone use Dropbox instead of skydrive&live mesh ?
Dropbox has a full access to your file (they admitted keeping the keys) where skydrive is using double way authentication, even MS employee can't access to your file.

I'm just asking why would anyone use derpbox, really

I personally love it! It's three things: a) Minimal footprint, no bloatware b) Great integration c) Multi-platform support - I often access the same files from my PC, Mac, Work (Web), and Android phone, all in the same day.

I use both services but overall Dropbox is more flexible.

I use Dropbox as it handles public links much better than Skydrive.
In addition, I cannot automatically sync publicly accessible files with Skydrive, since for some silly reason Live Mesh files are stored in a separate area.
I also need to have files sync with Linux.
I also have SVN folders that sync just fine with Dropbox, but Live Mesh screws up the folders as it will not sync hidden files.
Collaboration in Dropbox is also pretty neat.
And finally, when comparing the mobile apps Dropbox wins hands down over the Skydrive app. Did I also mention you can't access Live Mesh files from there?

So for my needs "derpbox" is better.

I think that this is a defensive measure to attract as much personal non-infringing data onto their service as possible to overwhelm any potential copyright infringing material on their service. Imagine the uproar if the Feds ordered everything to be deleted on a service that contained all the family photos for a lot of families. You thought that the SOPA protests, Occupy and Arab Spring protests were intense... you haven't seen anything yet when mothers are up in arms.

Simon- said,
I think that this is a defensive measure to attract as much personal non-infringing data onto their service as possible to overwhelm any potential copyright infringing material on their service. Imagine the uproar if the Feds ordered everything to be deleted on a service that contained all the family photos for a lot of families. You thought that the SOPA protests, Occupy and Arab Spring protests were intense... you haven't seen anything yet when mothers are up in arms.

Cool thoughts, except Dropbox is a sync service, so you always have a local copy.
Nothing is lost if DB dies.

Glassed Silver:ios

I am glad to report that this worked flawlessly with the recently updated beta file (1.3.13). Follow the instructions and you're set to go. I uploaded the photo's with my HTC HD2 and the Dropbox upload tool recognized it immediately. I wasn't using Dropbox before because of it's limited free account (2Gb) and can't really afford the monthly upgrade fee. With this I will have sufficient for my needs. To me personally Dropbox stands above the other providers offering similar services.

Nice article, and I even got a shout out - sweet! Glad everyone is taking advantage - they just released 1.3.13, they are getting great response to the free space

Evolution said,
Once we reach 5 GB can we delete the photos afterwards and still retain the space?

Of course. All drop box is is a hard drive in the sky.

lunarworks said,

Guess I'm outta luck then, unless I go shoot a bunch of JPEGs just for this.

or use irfanview to batch convert to jpeg, or copy pasta same img/video.

lunarworks said,

Guess I'm outta luck then, unless I go shoot a bunch of JPEGs just for this.


Just shoot continuously for a minute. xD
Worth it for 5GB.

lunarworks said,

Guess I'm outta luck then, unless I go shoot a bunch of JPEGs just for this.

Just take any file that is huge (a movie for example), change the extension to .jpg and put it in an SD card (or other device), and when you connect it, Dropbox will start importing it (and it counts).

If it doesn't popup when you insert an sd card, your camera, or your phone on windows 7 have a stop in the default programs area. Click Change autoplay settings in there then look for your device. If your camera/phone has anything selected it may prevent autoplay from popping up. Just choose (at least temporarily) import using dropbox option then disconnect and reconnect the device. It should work after that. If that doesn't work though click the restore defaults button at the very bottom. That clears the selection for any of the items in the list and now autoplay will definitely appear. Good luck!

Install the beta then just connect a device with photos/videos stored on it, like a camera or an iPhone. An automatic Dropbox photo uploader window will pop-up. I assume you can take it from there.

Manish said,
Install the beta then just connect a device with photos/videos stored on it, like a camera or an iPhone. An automatic Dropbox photo uploader window will pop-up. I assume you can take it from there.

Sweet thanks.

NyaR said,

What do you mean, doesn't it just work?

I was more puzzling with how it works. I knew under Windows 7, it was an autoplay option, but not sure what OSX would do.