01 September 2020

The Keyword: “Easy Wi-Fi backup from your Canon camera to Google Photos”

If you own a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera, you know that getting your photos backed up can be a process. You often need cables or adapters to take them off of your camera or SD card and save them, and it might take a number of steps to get it all done. We’ve worked with Canon so you can easily upload the moments captured on your Canon devices directly to Google Photos over Wi-Fi—no plugging in your camera or taking out your SD card.

With the latest version of the image.canon app (available on Android or iOS) and a compatible Canon camera, you can choose to automatically transfer original quality photos to Google Photos, eliminating the hassle of using your computer or phone to back them up.

Ben Greenwood

I have heard of Canon’s new cloud service in passing, but never paid much attention to it until this announcement. The process is not as seamless as this blog posts makes it sound – for one, automatic transfer via Wi-Fi straight from the camera is apparently available only on the most recent mirrorless models – this would exclude my EOS RP. Nevertheless the features appear rather compelling even without the automatic upload: free image backup, including full-resolution RAW files, on image.canon for 30 days can be a life saver while travelling if you ran into technical issues with the camera or memory cards. Additionally you can automatically download images to your PC or Mac, and automatically transfer them to other cloud services like Google, Creative Cloud or Flickr for long term storage – though I am not quite sure why Flickr is on this list since last time I checked it does not accept RAW files.

image.canon features

I will certainly try this new Canon service, but I doubt I will be subscribing to Google One in addition to it. 100 GB of storage is not nearly enough to hold my current image library – I am nearing 400 GB of RAW files – not to mention the time it would take to make a cloud copy of this amount of data.

In the larger scheme of things, it is reassuring to see Canon investing in online services to complement its hardware innovation. Online integration of dedicated digital cameras is a must to compete with the simplicity of smartphones and this service looks like an important step in the right direction. It is possible that, looking back at the evolution of the camera market by the end of this decade, we will conclude that this feature was a more significant upgrade for consumers than the migration to mirrorless.

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