Industry-leading accuracy for image understanding
Google Cloud offers two computer vision products that use machine learning to help you understand your images with industry-leading prediction accuracy.
Automate the training of your own custom machine learning models. Simply upload images and train custom image models with AutoML Vision’s easy-to-use graphical interface; optimize your models for accuracy, latency, and size; and export them to your application in the cloud, or to an array of devices at the edge.
Google Cloud’s Vision API offers powerful pre-trained machine learning models through REST and RPC APIs. Assign labels to images and quickly classify them into millions of predefined categories. Detect objects and faces, read printed and handwritten text, and build valuable metadata into your image catalog.
Detect objects automatically
Vision API and AutoML Vision both can detect and extract multiple objects, and provide information about each object including its position within the image.
Gain intelligence at the edge
Use AutoML Vision Edge to build and deploy fast, high-accuracy models to classify images at the edge, and trigger real-time actions based on local data. AutoML Vision Edge supports a variety of edge devices where resources are constrained and latency is critical. Learn more.
Reduce purchase friction
With Vision API’s vision product search, retailers can create an engaging mobile experience that enables your customers to upload a photo of an item and immediately see a list of similar items for purchase from you.
Understand text and act on it
Vision API uses OCR to detect text within images in more than 50 languages and various file types. It’s also part of Document Understanding AI, which lets you process millions of documents quickly and automate business workflows.
Detect explicit content
Vision API can review your images and estimate the likelihood that any given image includes adult content, violence, and more.
Use our data labeling service
If you have images for AutoML Vision that aren’t yet labeled, Google has a team of people that can help you annotate images, videos, and text to get high-quality training data.
Which vision product is right for you?
You can work with either one, or reap the benefits of both products by using Vision API to quickly categorize content using thousands of predefined labels, and using AutoML Vision to create additional custom labels to suit your specific needs.
|AutoML Vision||Vision API|
Use REST and RPC APIs.
Use a graphical UI
Use a graphical user interface.
|Predefined or custom labeling|
Classify images using predefined labels
Pre-trained models leverage vast libraries of predefined labels.
Classify images using custom labels
Train models to classify images via labels you choose.
Use Google’s data labeling service
Our team can help annotate your images, videos, and text.
|Deploy at the edge|
Deploy machine learning models at the edge
Deploy low-latency, high accuracy models optimized for edge devices.
|Integrate with ML Kit|
Detect objects, where they are, and how many.
Enable vision product search
Compare photos to images in your product catalog, and return a ranked list of similar items.
Detect printed and handwritten text
Use OCR and automatically identify language.
Detect faces and facial attributes. (Face recognition not supported.)
Identify popular places and product logos
Assign general image attributes
Detect web entities and pages
Find news events, logos, and similar images on the web.
Detect explicit content (adult, violent, etc.) within images.
Vision API customers
The New York Times
Learn how The New York Times uses Google Cloud and Vision API to find untold stories in millions of archived photos.
See how Box brings image recognition and OCR to cloud content management with Vision API.
Learn how Chevron uses AutoML Vision to find information that is challenging to get when you need it.
Texas A&M University
Discover how Texas A&M University researchers are using AutoML Vision to assess and track environmental change.
Zoological Society of London
Learn how ZSL is using AutoML to identify animals in vast camera trap datasets to help save endangered species.
Use AutoML Vision Edge to automate the quality control process in manufacturing by enabling edge devices to identify defects. Sign up to learn more about our industrial inspection solution.
Vision product search
Find products of interest within images and visually search product catalogs using Vision API.
Access information efficiently by using the Vision and Natural Language APIs to classify, extract, and enrich documents. For more information, see Document Understanding AI.
Use Vision API and AutoML Vision to make images searchable across broad topics and scenes, including custom categories. Learn more about this solution.
AutoML Vision pricing
AutoML Vision pricing is based on training and prediction. The accuracy of your model generally depends on how long you allow it to train and the quality of your training dataset. You will pay only for the compute hours used. Object detection pricing is based on underlying compute and storage used to train and perform predictions with your models.
|Training||1 hour of free training per model for the first 10 models each month||Subsequent training hours are $20.00 per hour|
|Prediction||First 1,000 images are free||For 1,001–5,000,000 images, the price is $3 per 1,000 images*|
|Training||First 40 node hours are free||$3.15 per node hour|
|Deployment and Prediction||First 40 node hours are free||$1.82 per node hour**|
AutoML Vision Edge pricing
AutoML Vision Edge pricing is based on the underlying compute and storage used to train models. Trained models can be exported and downloaded for free.
|Training||3 hours of free training per month||Subsequent training hours are $4.95 per hour|
|Exporting models to edge devices||Free|
Take courses and hands-on labs
Detect Labels, Faces, and Landmarks in Images with the Cloud Vision API
Cloud Vision API from a Kubernetes Cluster
Classify Images and Clouds in the Cloud with AutoML Vision
Scan User-generated Content using Cloud Vision and Video Intelligence APIs
Using the Cloud Vision API with Ruby
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