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Canon Launches New ‘Irista’ Cloud Storage Service For Photographers

By Anthony Thurston on June 5th 2014

Many of us use Dropbox, or maybe Google Drive, to share or store some of our photos on the cloud. Well, now there is a new service specifically for photographers, and it is called Irista.


Irista is a new cloud storage platform developed by Canon and designed specifically for use by photographers. The benefit to this is that unlike other popular cloud based storage solutions, there are some nice features such as: no file size limits, automatics albums, and easy sharing. The service also handles RAW files, not only from Canon’s own cameras, but also those from Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung, which is a HUGE advantage for Irista.

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The new service comes with 10GB of free storage, which as you know, is not much for a photographer, especially if you throw RAW files up there. But if you are looking to get started, and try it out, 10GB should be plenty for you to get a good look at the services and make a decision.


Irista definitely faces an uphill battle against heavily entrenched cloud storage like Dropbox and Google Drive, but if the photo specific nature of it works out well, this could become a huge asset for photographers looking for short term off site storage.

The price of Canon’s new cloud storage is not all that bad either. As mentioend above, you get 10GB for free, just for signing up. Then after that, you have two options for increasing your storage. For about $9, you can upgrade to 50GB, and if you want even more space you can jump up to 100GB for just under $20 a month. Not bad at all.

I am excited to give it a try, and am very curious to see how it stacks up to both Dropbox and Google Drive, two services that I use on a daily basis. If you would like to learn more, you can visit the Irista website, here.


What are your thoughts on Canon jumping into the cloud based storage market? Do you think that Irista has a chance to catch on with photographers or will this just be ‘Yet Another Cloud Storage Solution?’ Leave a comment below!

[via Imaging Resource]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jacob Jexmark

    As an avid Google Drive user, it would take quite a lot for me to change services. I will be keeping an eye out for some reviews.

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  2. George Brown

    Is no one aware of MediaFire’s 1TB storage space for just $5 a month? They have an annual discount too. Beast of a deal for photographers as far as I’m concerned. Unparalleled by the other options.

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  3. Darrell Noakes

    Nope. It doesn’t like metadata, except exif.

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  4. Darrell Noakes

    Interesting. What does it do with metadata?

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  5. JW

    Welcome Canon to modern technology…!
    Nikon is already there for ages:
    Here you get 20 GB for free, have smartphone apps for accessing but I have no clue about RAW management there. But hey – WHY should I store RAW images in the cloud…?

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  6. Bokeh Monk

    I’ll wait for the Apple iCloud version in Yosemite!

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  7. Blake

    My first thought is that 10GB for free is way more than you get from Dropbox’s fee account.

    My second thought is I wonder if this will make it easier to share digital files with clients. I’ve been looking for a streamlined way to deliver digital files to clients who are not very tech-savvy.

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  8. Sean Allen

    Google Drive is $9.99/month for 1TB of storage. Half the price for 10x the storage.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      It’s not all about storage space. But yeah, that is a pretty big discrepancy in pricing in favor of the established services.

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