Today Canon announced a new Dropbox-like service for hosting images online. During development the service was cryptically called Project1709, now given the name Irista (according to CNET, that's pronounced eye-RIST-ta). The new service is stumping many as it doesn't appear to do much, if any, more than Dropbox and its ilk.
Irista offers 10 free gigabytes of storage to anyone who signs up, with options of upgrading capacity to 50 gigabytes for $7 a month (or $75 per year), or 100 gigabytes for $15 monthly (or $170 annually).
While free is nice, there are some pretty major areas in which this service is lacking:
There are some social / sharing options built into the first iteration of the platform but I was surprised to learn that you can only share to Facebook and Flickr at the moment, meaning that Instagram and Twitter users will be left out in the cold.
Unlike some other services, Irista does not have a file size restriction (which would be perfect for huge PSDs and TIFFs — if they were allowed). Intreiguingly though, this image storage platform seems to only support JPGs and raws (likely only Canon's CR2 format).
According to CNET, it's probably a good time to jump onto this platform (while it's free), it's possible Canon will be expanding the usability and adding editing capabilities to Irsta in the near future. Already having accounts on Mediafire, Dropbox, and Google Drive I figured 10 free gigs couldn't hurt, just don't tell Canon I shoot Nikon.
If you'd like to take the plunge you can sign up here.