Canon’s Connect Station CS100 is a photo and video storage device that has the capability to connect to multiple compatible imaging devices allowing users to easily store, view and share images and videos.
First shown as a prototype in 2010, the device provides up to 1TB of storage exclusively for photos and videos allowing users to free up space on media cards quickly without the use of a computer.
Featuring NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities and Wi-Fi technology, users can simply tap the NFC icon on their compatible Canon digital camera or camcorder to automatically import new images and videos wirelessly to the CS100, making them ready to view and share on a connected HDTV.
Once movies or photos are stored on the CS100, users can view them in Full HD via HDMI connection to a compatible HDTV.
With the wireless remote control, users can navigate through the device’s stored images and video files while viewing them on a large screen. The user-friendly menus appear on the screen when interacting with the device and will allow sorting and managing image and video files by albums, date taken or by device.
The CS100 also features SD and CF memory card slots and a USB connection for importing images from compatible devices that may not feature wireless capabilities or when wireless connectivity may not be available.
The Connect Station also wirelessly connects to select Pixma and Selphy printers to quickly print those images.
The device will also allow 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 Connect Station CS100 units in different locations using the Canon Image Gateway. This also allows users to share their images and videos to their favourite social networking sites.
File formats supported include JPEG, RAW (CR2), MP4, MOV and AVCHD. Backup and restore functions are possible using the USB connection and an external hard drive (sold separately).
The Canon Connect Station CS100 is scheduled to be available in June for an estimated retail price of $349.99.