While it's been quietly shown behind glass on several occasions, Canon has made its Connect Station CS100 official. This compact box houses a 1TB hard drive which can store thousands of photos and videos.

Photos can be transferred by tapping an NFC-equipped Canon camera (2015 models only) to its top plate, or via USB or memory card. The CS100 can also turn itself into a server, allowing you to move photos to and from it via your smartphone or PC. The CS100 supports JPEG, Raw (CR2), MOV, MP4, and AVCHD formats, though only the JPEG preview of Raw files is shown.

Once that's done you can view media on an HDTV using an included remote control. The interface is intuitive and will be familiar to owners of things like the Apple TV and Fire TV. In addition to being a photo viewer, the CS100 can also share photos to social networking services via Canon's Image Gateway service. If there's a wirelessly equipped Canon printer in the house, the CS100 can make a physical copy of what you're looking at.

For those (rightly) concerned about losing all their photos due to hard drive crash, you can connect the CS100 to an external drive over USB.

If you still have a spare HDMI port on your TV or receiver, you can pick up the Connect Station CS100 in April for $299.

Press Release:


New CS100 Provides Convenient Ways to Store, View, Share and Manage your Photos and Videos on One Device

MELVILLE, N.Y., January 5, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new Canon Connect Station CS1001, 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 at the 2010 Canon Expo in New York, the Canon Connect Station CS100 device provides up to 1TB of storage2 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 compatible3 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.

"Canon designed the Connect Station CS100 device to help consumers quickly and easily view, share and store their most valuable images and videos using Wi-Fi and NFC technologies," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.  "Today’s imaging culture is passionate about photography and videography and our goal at Canon is to make it as easy as possible for everyone to protect and share all their precious memories."

Once movies or photos are stored on the Connect Station CS100 device, users can view them in crystal clear Full HD via HDMI™ connection to a compatible HDTV. With the Canon Connect Station CS100’s wireless remote control, users can easily 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 your Connect Station CS100 device and will allow sorting and managing image and video files by albums, date taken or by device. Freeing the user from having to use a computer to manage their images, the Connect Station CS100 device 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.4

Sure to be a hit at parties, the Connect Station CS100 device also wirelessly connects to select PIXMA and SELPHY printers5 in the home to quickly print those favorite images helping to make memories that will last for years to come.

The new Connect Station CS100 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.6 The CANON IMAGE GATEWAY also allows users to share their images and videos to their favorite social networking sites.

File formats supported include JPEG, RAW(CR27), MP4, MOV and AVCHD. Backup and restore functions are possible using the USB connection and an external hard drive (sold separately).

Attendees at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 6th-9th will have the opportunity to see the Canon Connect CS100 device in action when they visit the Canon booth (#13304 in the Central Hall). The Connect Station CS100 device will be the centerpiece that pulls together and displays the input to output capabilities of Canon EOS, PowerShot, VIXIA and PIXMA products in the Home and Play Zone of the Canon booth. Demonstrations of the Connect Station CS100 device will occur in booth and there will be Canon product representatives on-site to answer questions regarding the Connect Station CS100 device, as well as the full line of Canon consumer digital imaging products.   

Pricing and Availability

The Canon Connect Station CS100 is scheduled to be available in April 2015 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.

1. This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
2. Since part of the disk space is used by the system, the indicated capacity is less than 1 TB
3. Wireless image transfer is compatible only with Canon cameras and camcorders equipped with NFC and released in 2015
4. Compatible with Canon cameras and camcorders released in 2010 and later
5. Compatible with printers supporting PictBridge (Wireless LAN)
6. One-time registration is required on CANON IMAGE GATEWAY online photo album
7. JPEG thumbnail file in RAW image file is shown.  RAW image processing is not available