Canon will soon require a monthly subscription for their DPP Express app for the iPad

Sep 10, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Sep 10, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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According to the Canon Singapore website, the Canon Digital Photo Professional Express app for the iPad will require a monthly subscription fee from October 2019. The full details have not yet been released, with more to come soon. Right now, they just say that as of version 1.2.0, it will be subscription only.

Released in October last year, DPP Express has been a free app so far, for the iPad only. But with an App Store rating of only 1.6, it seems odd to suddenly make it subscription only. It is possible that this won’t happen for all regions, as it only appears to have shown up with Canon Singapore so far, but chances are, it’ll be global.

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The app allows Canon photographers to process their JPG and Canon RAW files on the go with their iPads. It works with Canon’s Camera Connect app to wirelessly connect to your camera. The app displays photos, adjust settings, and lets you save them either locally, to the cloud or to your computer.

The Camera Connect app, it seems will still likely be free, but Canon doesn’t seem to want to offer any more advanced editing features to their customers.

Personally, I think, if anything, this move would just cause those who currently use the app to ditch it. After all, most photographers out there are already paying a monthly subscription to Adobe, which includes Lightroom, offering arguably more and better editing capabilities than DPP Express does. Or, if they don’t, there’s always Snapseed, which is completely free.

We’ve reached out to Canon to see if this subscription is to roll out globally. We’ll let you know when we hear back from them.

Would you sign up to yet another monthly sub? Or ditch DPP Express on your tablet in favour of Lightroom, Snapseed or something else?

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “Canon will soon require a monthly subscription for their DPP Express app for the iPad”

  1. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    Not my concern.

  2. Michael Groah Avatar
    Michael Groah

    DPP should be free with the camera, any other way and I wouldnt use it.

    1. ext237 Avatar
      ext237

      Agreed. A huge value versus price disconnect here.