Canon has given its customers a new option for storing their digital wares: Irista, a cloud-based storage service specifically for photographs. This will provide an alternative to more eclectic cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive, and with it comes a few perks.
Calling it a “cloud-based image management platform,” Canon has given photographers the ability to collect their photos in a central location while using multiple devices. Once uploaded — something that can be done automatically — images can then be shuttled off to Facebook or similar services for sharing.
Irista brings no limitations on the type of files that can be uploaded, nor on their size, and with it comes a search index for hunting down photos using one or more criteria. Filtering is also an option for finding and sorting through images, with the inclusion of a tagging feature making this easier.
You needn’t have a Canon camera to sign up. The service offers an entry tier for casual users (10GB of storage), which is free. Those willing to shell out can get 50GB for a few dollars a month, and 100GB of storage for about $15 a month.