Best Face Detection APIs in 2024

Best Face Detection APIs in 2024

What is Face Detection API?

Face Detection API uses machine learning and computer vision algorithms to detect and locate human faces within an image. It enables users to analyze facial features such as eyes, nose, mouth, and eyebrows to identify individual faces and extract relevant data. This type of API is commonly used in applications that require facial recognition and analysis, such as security systems, photo tagging, etc.

Face Detection API Feature on Eden AI
Face Detection on Eden AI

By analyzing facial expressions and other visual cues, these APIs can detect emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger, or surprise. They can also provide information on the age, gender of the person in the image.

Face Detection APIs uses cases

You can use Face Detection in numerous fields, here are some examples of common use cases:

  • Security: identify and track individuals, monitor access to secure areas, and detect suspicious activities.
  • Marketing: analyze customer demographics, emotions, and preferences in real-time, enabling retailers to personalize marketing campaigns and improve customer experiences.
  • Entertainment: enable realistic facial expressions and emotion recognition, creating more immersive and engaging experiences in video games and virtual reality.
  • Education: monitor student engagement and provide personalized feedback in e-learning, as well as to enable facial recognition for secure testing environments.
  • Transportation: automate ticketing and boarding processes.

These are just a few examples of Face Detection APIs uses case, it can be used in any industry or field to enhance different industries and create innovative solutions.

Best Face Detection APIs on the market

While comparing Face Detection APIs, it is crucial to consider different aspects, among others, cost security and privacy. Face Detection experts at Eden AI tested, compared, and used many Face Detection APIs of the market. Here are some actors that perform well (in alphabetical order):

  • AWS
  • api4ai
  • Clarifai
  • DeepAI
  • Face++
  • Google Cloud
  • Imagga
  • Microsoft Azure
  • PicPurify
  • Skybiometry

1. AWS - Available on Eden AI

AWS provides a Face Detection API through their Amazon Rekognition service, which enables users to detect faces, analyze facial attributes, detect emotions, and recognize facial landmarks such as the position of eyes. The API also has the ability to compare faces in different images.

Additionally, Amazon Rekognition is capable of saving facial metadata for later searching, enabling users to quickly and easily locate specific people in images with high accuracy achieved through advanced machine learning algorithms.

2. api4ai - Available on Eden AI

api4ai’s Face Analysis is a multifunctional solution that offers human face detection, analysis, and recognition capabilities. The API is capable of automatically detecting 5 key points on a human face, including the left and right eyes, nose, and left and right lip corners. In addition, the algorithm can calculate whether faces from different images belong to the same person using embeddings. api4ai's solution is known for its robustness, allowing for proper performance under different lighting conditions, rotation, and small distortions.

3. Clarifai - Available on Eden AI

Clarifai is a leading provider of AI-powered computer vision and image recognition technologies, offering a comprehensive Face Detection solution with high accuracy and fast response time. With Clarifai, developers can quickly and easily implement facial detection features in their applications, providing a range of benefits to end-users, from improved security and identity verification to more personalized and engaging user experiences. Additionally, Clarifai's Face Detection API is backed by a robust set of tools and resources, including detailed documentation, sample code, and support, making it easy for developers to get started and integrate these capabilities into their applications.

4. DeepAI

DeepAI’s API is designed to be robust and reliable, capable of recognizing faces that are partially covered, blurry, or of poor quality. This technology is able to detect and label multiple faces within an image, regardless of age or facial expression, and can even identify faces that are obscured by shadows or other visual obstructions. With these advanced capabilities, the DeepAI Face Detection API is ideal for a wide range of applications, from media tagging, library management to security and surveillance, and can help developers create more accurate and effective facial recognition systems.

5. Face++

Face++’s solution can detect an unlimited number of faces within an image, making it ideal for use in scenarios where multiple faces need to be detected simultaneously. The API is designed to adapt to various scenes, making it highly effective in detecting faces under different lighting conditions and angles. Furthermore, the API offers additional features such that provide detailed information about the detected faces, including age, emotions, head pose, and other attributes.

6. Google Cloud - Available on Eden AI

Google Cloud offers a powerful solution for detecting multiple faces in an image along with their key facial attributes and emotional state. It supports offline asynchronous batch image annotation, which allows users to submit up to 2000 image files for processing and receive response JSON files that are stored in their Cloud Storage bucket. This feature is highly efficient, making it an attractive choice for developers and businesses looking for reliable and scalable facial recognition solutions.

7. Imagga

Imagga provides precise and robust face detection and recognition functionality using machine learning AI technology, which enables object localization for face detection and comparison of facial features with those of images in a pre-defined or custom dynamic database. Additionally, Imagga deeply respects users' privacy and doesn't store facial images, making it 100% GDPR compliant.

8. Microsoft Azure - Available on Eden AI

Microsoft Azure provides a highly accurate and efficient API that utilizes state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms to analyze and recognize faces in images or videos. With Azure, users can easily detect and extract important facial attributes such as age, gender, emotion, and facial landmarks, as well as identify and match faces against a database of known faces. In addition, Azure’s solution can be easily customized to meet specific business requirements, fitting a wide range of applications, from security, surveillance to marketing and customer analytics.

9. PicPurify - Available on Eden AI

PicPurify provides users with the ability to detect faces in images, along with their gender and age group. It offers several options for users to choose from, including face detection, gender detection, age detection, or a combination of all three. With this API, users can easily detect the number of faces in an image, their position, and obtain a thumbnail for each face. The gender and age group detection options provide an additional layer of insights to help users better understand their images. Furthermore, users can easily customize the API to suit their needs and budget by selecting the specific options they require.

10. Skybiometry - Available on Eden AI

With Skyobiometry’s API, users can detect and track faces in real-time, identify gender, age, ethnicity, and emotions, and even estimate the facial attributes of individuals such as glasses, and facial hair. This API is highly scalable and provides users with excellent accuracy and speed, making it an excellent choice for businesses and developers who require high-performance face detection capabilities. Moreover, Skybiometry's API is straightforward to integrate into existing applications, and it offers a wide range of customization options, making it highly flexible and versatile.

Performance variations of Face Detection APIs

For all companies who use Face Detection in their software: cost and performance are real concerns. The Face Detection market is quite dense and all those providers have their benefits and weaknesses.

Performances of Face Detection vary according to the specificity of data used by each AI engine for their model training, not all APIs will provide the same result with the same facial feature analysis. The performance can also vary according to the quality of the image or lightning condition.

Bear in mind that if the user has very specific data, not all provider's engines will be able to process images accurately. If you have customers coming from different fields, you must consider this detail and optimize your choice of provider.

Why choose Eden AI to manage your Face Detection APIs

‍Companies and developers from a wide range of industries (Social Media, Retail, Health, Finances, Law, etc.) use Eden AI’s unique API to easily integrate Face Detection tasks in their cloud-based applications, without having to build their own solutions.

Eden AI offers multiple AI APIs on its platform amongst several technologies: Text-to-Speech, Machine Translation, Sentiment Analysis, Logo Detection, Question Answering, Data Anonymization, Speech Recognition, and so forth.

We want our users to have access to multiple Face Detection engines and manage them in one place so they can reach high performance, optimize cost and cover all their needs. There are many reasons for using multiple APIs:

  • Fallback provider is the ABCs: You need to set up a provider API that is requested if and only if the main Face Detection API does not perform well (or is down). You can use confidence score returned or other methods to check provider accuracy.
  • Performance optimization: After the testing phase, you will be able to build a mapping of providers’ performance based on the criteria you have chosen (languages, fields, etc.). Each data that you need to process will then be sent to the best Face Detection API.
  • Cost - Performance ratio optimization: You can choose the cheapest Face Detection that performs well for your data.
  • Combine multiple AI APIs: This approach is required if you look for extremely high accuracy. The combination leads to higher costs but allows your AI service to be safe and accurate because Face Detection APIs will validate and invalidate each other for each piece of data.

How Eden AI can help you?

Eden AI is the future of AI usage in companies: our app allows you to call multiple AI APIs.

Multiple AIs in one API - Eden AI
Multiple AIs in one API - Eden AI

  • Centralized and fully monitored billing on Eden AI for all Face Detection APIs
  • Unified API for all providers: simple and standard to use, quick switch between providers, access to the specific features of each provider
  • Standardized response format: the JSON output format is the same for all suppliers thanks to Eden AI's standardization work. The response elements are also standardized thanks to Eden AI's powerful matching algorithms.
  • The best Artificial Intelligence APIs in the market are available: big cloud providers (Google, AWS, Microsoft, and more specialized engines)
  • Data protection: Eden AI will not store or use any data. Possibility to filter to use only GDPR engines.

You can see Eden AI documentation here.

Next step in your project

The Eden AI team can help you with your Face Detection integration project. This can be done by :

  • Organizing a product demo and a discussion to better understand your needs. You can book a time slot on this link: Contact
  • By testing the public version of Eden AI for free: however, not all providers are available on this version. Some are only available on the Enterprise version.
  • By benefiting from the support and advice of a team of experts to find the optimal combination of providers according to the specifics of your needs
  • Having the possibility to integrate on a third-party platform: we can quickly develop connectors.

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