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]