Irista: A Cloud-Based Storage Solution Built by Canon for Photographers


Following hot on the heels of a report that claimed Leica is looking to launch a cloud storage service, Canon has opened up Irista, a cloud-based photo storage solution of its own. Originally released in beta a few years ago under the unusual name Project 1709, the now-public service offers photographers a way to store, organize and share images in the cloud.

Since Irista has been built, in a sense, “for photographers, by photographers,” there are a number of photo-specific features inherent in Canon’s approach to cloud storage that don’t show up in consumer options like Dropbox, Google Drive, and the soon-to-be iCloud Drive.

For example, Irista doesn’t have file-size limitations, features automatic image collections, offers simple importing, and makes sharing to social networks such as Facebook and Flickr as simple as possible. And, as you would expect with such a photo-centric service, Irista allows you to store RAW files — but not just ones from Canon cameras, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung are all supported as well.


Canon Irista is currently open to the public, but it seems as though it’s still being pieced together. For now, the platform is still focused on British users, with pricing info displayed in British Pounds.

It starts off at 10GB plus full access to all of Irista’s features for free. Once you hit your 10GB limit, there are currently two options to choose from: 50GB for £5 (approximately $8.37 USD) per month or 100GB for £11 (approximately $18.45 USD) per month.

At these prices, Canon won’t be the go-to for anybody who is looking for pure storage — they can get more space for less money elsewhere — but Irista’s other features will make the service seem more valuable for those of us who deal with massive RAW files on a daily basis.


Canon’s first public foray into online storage for photographers is, if nothing else, an intriguing one. The focus on the trifecta of image storage, organization and sharing, plus some of the other photographer-specific features built into the service, will make it an enticing option for photographers looking to explore the cloud.

Now we just have to wait and see what Leica has up its sleeve.

(via Imaging Resource)

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  • Adam Cross

    Nothing here to pull me away from Google Drive

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  • bbear

    Project 1709 was this weird mishmash of ideas that never at any stage revealed what it actually was. It didn’t feel like cloud storage, or another flickr, or anything really, and the site instructions were just as vague and disjointed. They just assumed you knew what you wanted out of the site and then wondered: how come you aren’t uploading already?

    Just from the two screenshots posted it seems like the “project” has been taken over by people with a much clearer direction: I now know what the site is trying to be now! Which is much more promising: just a pity the site is down at the moment.

  • Ronald Samonte

    Site is down.

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    I am looking at Amazon Glacier to dump everything for archiving.

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  • Cemal Ekin

    I used Project 1709 as a beta product and could not make heads or tails of it. It was ill defined, and still remains so, in its purpose and benefits. I reported a couple of anomalies like the image not displaying in full but zoomed to fill with no change in behavior. They also insist on uploading photographs with EXIF data intact, or at least they did. My first attempt was to upload a dozen TIFF files and they seemed to have uploaded. But I could not see them and reported the problem. A few days later I was told that the system needed the EXIF data. The free storage of 10GB is pittance by today’s offers from others. I still don’t know why I should upload photographs there. Good luck to irista (are they competing with the baristas of Starbucks?)

  • Christopher Guillou

    Really nothing game changing or up to what you would expect from a leading brand like Canon.

  • Rob Elliott

    When I saw the price in GBP I took a look to see if there was any way to get dollars.

    I found Euro which was a direct 1:1 4.99GBP or 4.99Euro.

    So the prices listed in this article are off. It’s actually about $7USD if you select the EURO conversion and $14USD for the large package (rounded up to the nearest dollar based on current exchange rates on XE)

    Which is on par with what other new sources have stated.

  • clipper

    Nothing new at all, always will be playing catch up. Others do it better. And I’m still waiting for my flickr pics to upload/transfer over, after what 4 months – and numerous attempts, on the beta.
    For these reasons, I’m out :-(

  • E-Nonymouse A

    Irista’s software requires you to sync in such a rigid way rather than allow the user to decide how, when, and where they want to sync. Maybe if your connected with them you could pass that along. It’s an interesting application but the sync options need to be a lot more flexible. Not forcing an auto-sync would be a good start.

  • E-Nonymouse A

    Consider it a public beta test with a catch.