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Ever stumbled upon a really awesome picture of a new car or bike, you’re unaware of ? And you desire to read more about it but can’t, as you don’t know what is it or the monogram is not clearly visible in the picture. Well then, at these times, most of us do nothing but give up. We are not really aware of the reverse image search engines.

Reverse image search engines are those special kind of search engines where you don’t need to input any keyword to find pictures. Instead, you have to put a picture and the engine finds the images similar to one you entered.

Thus, you can get to know everything you wish to, just with the help of one picture. But, as accustomed, reverse image search engines haven’t been able to make the desirable impact in this era of internet. Half of the netizens, well let’s be fair, almost 70%,people are still unknown to this service.

4 Best Reverse Image Search Engines

But, this doesn’t mean that these web services are not up to the mark but there has been lack of publicity which led reverse search engines to the virtual pariah. Moreover, very less people find that tool necessary and thus they have been overlooking it since its inception. But then, nevertheless, let’s talk about some of the best search engines we have in this lot:

1. TinEye

TinEye is a product of Idee Inc., a Toronto based company. It has been the most popular and widely used reverse search engine till date. TinEye, as per their claims is the first website ever to use the image identification technology.

To use this app, you have to upload the desired image or provide its link and command the tool to hunt for similar pictures. The upload size is limited to 1MB. You can’t upload pics beyond that. TinEye doesn’t recognize the persons or objects in the picture, but it recognizes the entire picture as a whole.

It can also be used to track down illegal use of copyrighted images or the stolen ones. Thus, a very useful search engine.

2. Google Images

Google images is another widely used website to search images. Introduced a decade ago, Google images have the largest database than most of the other sites.

The mechanism of reverse image search here is via uploading an image from your computer or pasting the link of the image in the search bar itself, it works equally well both ways.

Google images use algorithms based on various attributes like shape, size, color and resolution to get the similar pictures.

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IM2GPS is one of the different kind of tool, than those mentioned above.

It helps you to locate a place using an image. Like, if you upload of pic of some building  say your house or office, it will track down the complete address and locate the place for you. It uses algorithms based on estimating geographical location.

4. Multi-Service image search

Multi-Service image search is exactly similar except they have the many services, at least to say. You can search images following the similar procedures like above sites. Just that, here you get to include the places that you want to include in your image search. The search engine supports files in JPG, JPEG, GIF format and the maximum limit to upload one photo is 8192 KB.

So, these were the reverse image search engines which seem interesting to us and might be useful to you. If we have missed out on something, do let us know via comments.

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i thought it was just google images. thanks for letting me know the other sites as well :) Interesting. Robin.