Don’t have a standard image viewer on your computer? Or is it there, but can’t open some of the files? In this article, we have collected the top 8 photo viewers that deserve attention. They will help you structure all the images, view them and even edit them.
Zoner Photo Studio
Movavi Photo Manager
One of the best programs for viewing images of all formats. This is a product from the Russian company AMS Software. The main advantages of the utility:
- completely in Russian — it is easy to understand the buttons and tabs;
- works even on old and weak computers, on different software (can be installed on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP);
- simple and intuitive interface;
- you can not only view photos and print them right from the program, but also improve image quality — there is a built-in editor. For example, you can increase the brightness, crop the frame, or straighten the horizon;
- You can view photos in normal mode or as a slideshow. It is enough just to start this mode for the pictures to start flipping automatically;
- supports 20 image formats. In addition to popular PDF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, you can open rare ones (MRW, ORF, RAF, EMF, TGA and others);
- weighs only 60 MB — you do not need a lot of disk space for installation.
A very user-friendly application for computers. One of the best free photo viewer. Before version 4.6 there was no Russian language. But it has been added. Now IrfanView can be downloaded immediately in Russian (more than 20 languages are now available).
The utility weighs very little — only 5 MB (almost does not take up disk space). And combined with speed, this is the best program for old PCs. For example, on which modern and heavyweight editors do not start, or the memory is almost completely full.
IrfanView can be installed on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 and 11. The program is free. It can open photos in almost any format (those that the utility exactly supports are noted in the table at the end of the article)
The program can edit files. But it doesn’t have many tools. You can do basic things: crop the frame, rotate it, increase the brightness.
A handy program for viewing and editing photos. There is a version for PC (Windows/MacOS/Linux) and smartphones (Android/IOS). This is the only app in our top that is optimized for so many platforms.
There is a built-in editor. You can: crop the picture, add text, resize, add special effects. There are a limited number of filters, you cannot create your own or add new ones.
Drag and Drop is a built-in function that allows you to quickly sort all files by name, weight, creation date, etc. A handy feature is that the program can convert photos from one format to another (from the available ones).
The only significant drawback of the platform is that you cannot view PDF files.
Another program for viewing photos and images in Russian, which can be installed for free. She can not only open pictures, but also change their format.
The user can view pictures in almost all existing formats.
The editor has many useful features: cropping, red-eye removal, retouching (basic), resizing, color correction, adding a personal signature. In the utility, you can make your own business cards.
You can use FastStone to manage files. The program is a bit like the usual “Explorer”. You can sort pictures, add them to folders.
FastStone is able to interact with scanners and printers. For example, a scanned picture will immediately appear in this application. And from it you can send a picture “for printing” or even send it by mail.
A complete photo editing program for viewing and editing photos (in PDF, BMP, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, RAW). The utility is completely in Russian, intuitive. Therefore, even an inexperienced user will cope with it.
In the editor, you can: change the exposure, saturation, contrast, sharpness, remove defects, improve the portrait, add filters.
The program is paid. There are 3 versions:
- standard — 693 rubles. Includes only basic functions (retouching and deleting objects);
- premium — 980 rubles. Basic functions + 100 effects and functions to improve landscapes;
- pro — 1470 rubles. Basic and premium features + background replacement.
The license includes all subsequent free updates.
Zoner Photo Studio
You can download this program to view photos and pictures on your computer for free for 30 days. After that, you will need to buy a license (for 1 month or a year). The price is from 400 rubles.
The developer company positions this program as a full-fledged replacement for Photoshop and Lightroom. To work with the program, you need a good PC (4+ cores, at least 4 GB of RAM, an Intel i3 processor or higher).
In the program, you can not only view pictures, enlarge them and reduce them, crop, rotate them. You can apply presets, do auto-correction, detailed retouching.
With Zoner Photo Studio, you can create photobooks, calendars, share photos to the cloud and social networks.
Movavi Photo Manager
A simple image viewer. It is paid, the price is 1,700 rubles per year. There is a version for both Windows and Mac. Its main task is to structure photos and open them.
This is a convenient modern photo manager that automatically sorts pictures, collects them in folders. Albums are created automatically. For example, the utility can collect albums by the date of creation of images, geolocation. Artificial intelligence recognizes people in pictures. This allows him to collect folders that contain photos of certain people.
The editor has many functions: removing the background and individual objects, improving image quality, changing brightness, contrast, etc.
Important: the program cannot be run on a weak computer. System requirements: Intel Core i5 processor, RAM — from 6 GB, Windows 7 and higher.
Free photo viewer (almost all formats) for phone and computer (PC). You can use the utility online (in the browser). Or install on PC, phone. On your smartphone, you can enable auto-download. As a result, the photos you take on your smartphone or upload will be automatically saved in the virtual cloud.
To enable autoload, you need:
- go to the Google Photos app;
- log into your account (enter your username and password);
- in the upper right corner, click on the circle — the profile icon;
- go to “Settings”;
- select “Startup and sync”;
- enable the feature.
The application has many advantages:
- saves space on your phone and PC (you can store everything in a virtual cloud);
- you can store photos and videos;
- there is a small editor (you can crop the photo, change the brightness) — but it will not replace a full-fledged photo editor;
- all files are arranged in chronological order, but you can create your own folders. And move the photo there;
- sometimes the application makes funny surprises. For example: “How it was” collections with several photos taken in different years, but on the same date and month.
Compared all the programs for viewing graphic images in this table.
|Features/ Application||Photo Gallery||IrfanView||XnView||fast stone||Photo MASTER||Zoner Photo Studio||Movavi Photo Manager||Google Photos|
|Price||0 rub.||0 rub.||0 rub.||0 rub.||from 693 rub.||from 400 rub||1 700 rubles per year||0 rub.|
|Full Screen Image View||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|slide show mode||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Not||Not||Yes||Yes|
|Printing from an Application||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Not|