The great modern convenience of carrying an excellent smartphone camera in your pocket everywhere you go has led to the great modern inconvenience of being saddled with an unmanageable crush of photos.

But if you're like most people, unlocking Google Photos' power features will put you in charge of your digital corpus, instead of the other way around.

It's a great convenience to not have to reach for your phone whenever you want to send somebody a photo.

Here's the first big trade-off: Google will let you back up an unlimited number of photos and videos for free, but image resolution limits are set at 16 megapixels for pictures and 1080p for videos.

The camera on my Pixel 3 XL (which is excellent) captures shots at a resolution between 12 and 13 megapixels, so my photos are still being uploaded and stored at full resolution.

Likewise with my friend who switches between glasses and contacts often.

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