Canon recently announced the release of mobile application “Mobile File Transfer”. This would allow photographers to transfer an image to an FTP server through a mobile device in the end of June 2021 as free of charge service (1).

This mobile application (2) would definitely interest professional photographers who are able to transfer an image to FTP/FTPS/SFTP (3) server through a mobile device. For professional sports media or press on-site, this would be convenient for them. Transferring data through a fixed PC is the common method that many photographers are familiar with.

“Mobile File Transfer” supports the file transfer through a mobile device that has better portability, convenience and immediate, thus improving the efficiency of the post-shooting workflow.

High Speed Transmission of 5G

The Canon Mobile File Transfer application supports 5G (5th Generation Mobile Communication System) mobile devices and it enables professional photographers to upload large numbers of images to FTP/FTPS/SFTP servers at high speed. Apart from automatic and selective image transfer, filter transfer, which transfers images on pre-defined conditions, is also supported.

Function to Add Information for Efficient Data Transfer 

Metadata, such as the photographer’s name and image license information, can be added to images based on standards developed by IPTC (International Press Telecommunications Council) that major news companies and agencies participate in. Also, voice memos can be added to images transferred from the camera to the mobile devices on the application. The IPTC* metadata can be edited as well. 

Product Name Method Release date Supported Camera (4)
Mobile File Transfer Free Download

from AppStore

End June, 2021 EOS R5



EOS-1D X Mark II


 (1) It will become chargeable from next version. 

(2) iOS14 and higher are supported. Android will be supported in future. 

(3) FTP:File Transfer Protocol, FTPS:File Transfer Protocol over SSL/TLS, SFTP:SSH File Transfer Protocol  

(4) The currently-in-development EOS R3 will be supported in next version which will be chargeable. 

* iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license. 

* Android is a trademark of Google LLC.  

*** Information and picture courtesy of Canon Singapore and GLOO PR ***

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