Canon's surprised us with its new Dropbox alternative, Irista. Before you start deleting your Dropbox accounts post-haste, know one-thing - Irista only stores photos and in time, videos. You have no file-size limitations here but you get just 10GB of free storage.
Flickr in contrast gives you 2TB free but with certain caveats. Other features Irista provides includes tagging and automatic syncing to image collections as well as search with advanced filters that include time, location or even lens type.
Of course sharing is enabled, with photos shareable to Facebook and Flickr. No integration with services like Twitter as yet, though.
Why this over 500px?
What's puzzling is why Canon is so late to the game with this one. Sony's shuttered Imagestation service tried (and failed) to get support so why does Canon think it can succeed where Sony didn't?
Not to mention that photographers have mostly gravitated towards photoservices such as 500px and Flickr with their robust communities. Irista also has the limitation of only hosting JPEG and RAW files at the moment. There are no additional editing tools included with the service either.
Canon is still upbeat on the service's prospects, with a spokesperson saying that Irista's cloud-based nature has potential to evolve and the company was keen to get feedback from users about what features they'd like added.
If you're hankering to try Irista, sadly the service was 'down for maintenance' at press time. Teething problems for sure. Should you finally get in, you will be able to sign up for 10GB of free storage but those in the UK and certain countries in Europe will have the option to purchase additional storage. The current rates are £4.49/€4.99 (montly) and £45.00/€49.00 (yearly) for 50GB, £9.99/€10.99 (monthly) and £99/€109 (yearly) for 100GB.