Canon Launches Cloud Photo Storage
Selangor (21 April 2014) – Sharing high quality videos, uploading photos and interacting with others online has just become easier, more convenient, and so much fun! Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Canon) has today proudly announced that its Canon iMage Gateway (CiG) service, a free online photo-sharing service is expanding its reach across the South Asian and Southeast Asian regions. Now, not only is CiG is available in various countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam; it also offers improved features which users will appreciate such as large photo storage space and easier sharing options that promotes interaction between users and visitors to the service.
“The Canon iMage Gateway provides our users with 10GB of free album storage. This means, everyone can now take all the pictures and videos they want and not worry about storage space. In addition, Canon iMage Gateway allows you to tag and rotate your pictures as well as to create or share your albums, amongst its many amazing features. Users can also instantly upload their pictures directly from their Canon camera to multiple social network platforms like Facebook and Twitter,” said Donny Ling, Director of Imaging Communications Products Division.
Larger storage, enhanced management
For each account, CiG users are presented with an impressive 10GB of free storage – an unparalleled size when compared with other providers. Loosely translated, this means that users are able to store about 13,000 4R-sized photos (4” x 6”) of 6 to 10 megapixels each, or between 6 to 24 hours of video at 1 to 4Mbps each in their storage library.
Managing your CiG account is also easy and secure. Among other features, users can create photo albums from their photo library for easy sharing with family and friends, as well as print directly from their account using print solutions that are linked to Canon printers.
Besides that, a host of options are available for users to set their preferred privacy settings. For example, users can configure the settings to allow or disallow others to download or print their photos, add comments, and/or add images to their albums. This gives them greater control over their shared photos and videos.
Also, users utilising devices running on iOS 6.0 and Android 2.3 onwards, are able to manage their account from anywhere and at anytime they want. Through the CiG’s simple interface, they can easily access their photo library and share high quality images in photo albums via email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Google Drive, as well as upload videos onto YouTube. Furthermore, photos stored on CiG can also be viewed on Smart TVs that are equipped with Google TV.
Convenient sharing and syncing
Meanwhile, account holders using Canon cameras or camcorders with built-in Wi-Fi have an added advantage in using CiG. Apart from allowing them to share their photos conveniently after saving them to an online photo album, users are also able to transfer images and videos straight to their computer via a wireless network. By selecting an option on the Image Sync Function, users can switch automatically between cloud-based servers and a specified computer on the same wireless network. This allows users to save on time and energy as images uploaded to CiG can be downloaded to their computer automatically.
High quality interaction
Now, with Google Drive as a new save destination, users can save their photos in the original resolution in either JPEG or CR2 format. Additionally, CiG also supports videos in MOV, MP4 and AVI formats with a limit of 15 minutes or 2GB per video.
In promoting knowledge and interaction between users and visitors, CiG can be set to allow the display of technical information about each photo. Viewers are able to see which camera model is used to capture the photo, as well as its lens and exposure settings such as ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Users are also able to search their photos by camera settings, such as finding photos shot at ISO 200, or photos taken at 1/1250 shutter speed. With this function, other viewers who have been approved by users to see the information can learn more about capturing photos and subsequently improve their photography skills.
Free access for Canon users
Users of selected Canon digital compact cameras, DSLRs and digital video are able to access the CiG free of charge at the links below. All they would have to do is register once with CiG to enjoy its service. However, should an account be inactive for a year, the CiG’s automated maintenance facility will delete all data within the account. An email notification will be sent prior to that.