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.
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?