Canon has entered the storage device market with the Canon Connect Station CS100i.
The CS100 device provides nearly 1TB of storage for photos and videos, allowing users to free up space on media cards without the use of a computer. It features NFC and Wi-Fi technology. Users can simply tap the NFC icon on a compatible (2015-release) Canon digital camera or camcorder to automatically import new images and videos wirelessly to the CS100. (A careful reading of the fine-print indicates it is not wirelessly compatible with any current Canon cameras, but rather new release models.)
Once movies or photos are stored on the Connect Station CS100 device, users can view them in Full HD via HDMI connection to a compatible HDTV. With the Canon Connect Station CS100’s wireless remote control, users can navigate through the device’s stored images and video files while viewing them on a large screen. Files can be sorted and managed by albums, date taken or by device. The Connect Station CS100 device also features SD and CF memory card slots and a USB connection for importing images from devices without wireless capabilities, or when wireless connectivity may not be available.
The CS100 device also wirelessly connects to some Pixma and Selphy printers. It also allows users to view, upload, and download images from compatible smartphones, tablets or PCs using a web browser. Users can also send or receive images with other CS100 units in different locations using the Canon Image Gateway.
File formats supported include JPEG, RAW (CR2vii), MP4, MOV and AVCHD. Backup and restore functions are possible using the USB connection and an external hard drive (sold separately).
At CES International 2015 the CS100 is the centerpiece of a demonstration that pulls together and displays the input to output capabilities of a range of Canon cameras and printers.
It is scheduled for local availability from June. No local pricing is supplied, but Canon US minimum advertised price is US300.