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Canon’s New Connect Station Wants to Be a Central Hub of Your Photo Experience

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Canon today announced a new product called the Connect Station CS100. It’s a system designed for storing, viewing, and sharing your digital photos and videos.

The CS100 has 1 terabyte of internal storage and can receive your photos and videos from your devices without a computer, allowing you to free up memory cards with minimal hassle. If that capacity isn’t enough, you can attach a separate external hard drive for backing up and restoring.

Wi-Fi and NFC wireless technologies will let you import images and clips (in JPEG, RAW, MP4, MOV, and AVCHD formats) onto the device with a tap of a button if you have a compatible digital camera — newer Canon cameras and camcorders feature a dedicated NFC button for this type of data transfer.

Once your photos are on the CS100, you’ll be able to view them in Full HD on a compatible HDTV thanks to the HDMI port on the back. The Connect Station comes with a remote control that allows you to navigate through your images while playing them back on your screen.

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You’ll also be able to access the station using a web browser on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. This experience includes sharing features for beaming your images to other Connect Stations or onto your favorite social networks.

One of the goals of this device is to eliminate the need for a computer when all you want to do is experience your photos. If you don’t have a wireless-compatible camera, you can also use the SD and CF memory card slots and USB port of the device to do your data importing.

Finally, the CS100 can also wirelessly connect to certain printers in order to make quick prints without a computer.

The Connect Station CS100 will be available starting in June 2015 with a price tag of $300.

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