Cloud services like Dropbox, Google, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Apple iCloud have tried to woo photographers for years with tantalizing image features. Now Canon is launching a cloud storage solution made specifically for image shooters. The service is named Irista and its open to everyone with 10GB of free storage.
Photographers using the service can upload their RAW images and share them across multiple social media sites including Facebook and Flickr. Even after photos been shared Irista will continue to track comments and likes so you don’t have to keep tabs on each individual post.
The cloud service accepts Raw formats from other camera manufacturers including Sony, Samsung, Nikon, and Olympus to name a few. On top of being able take on images without any file-size limitations Irista can import images directly from Flickr and Facebook. Users will also have more powerful tools for searching and organizing their images. For instance those on Irista can sort their photos and create an album based on tags, EXIF data, or which year the image was taken.
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Despite its recent introduction Irista has existed as a Europe-only beta for several years under the moniker Project 1709. Now Canon is opening up the service to everyone starting with 10GB of free storage. Currently the service only takes images but it plans to add on video support in the near future.
There are also paid tiers, but for the time being these will only be open to certain European countries. Those living across the pond can pick up a 50GB Value package for €4.99 a month or €49 per year. Meanwhile, the larger 100GB of storage Premium service is €10.99 a month or €109 per year.
Via DP Review