Canon EOS R seems to lack in-camera FTP capability

One of the features that I really like in my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is its ability to connect to FTP/FTPS servers with its built-in Wi-Fi. It’s enabled a very unique wireless photography workflow for me over the past two years. According to the product specifications document, the upcoming mirrorless EOS R supports the WFT-E7 (v2) wireless transmitter but cannot talk to FTP/FTP servers. Adding a bulky WFT-E7 negates the size advantage over Canon DSLR cameras.

The camera is scheduled to be announced publicly tomorrow; let’s hope there’s a change in the specs, but I’m doubtful. While having improved connection abilities to smartphones (via Bluetooth 4.1) may be good, I don’t think I’ll be able to achieve what I can do with my 5D Mark IV with the EOS R. We’ll find out definitively tomorrow!

Update: No built-in support for communicating with FTP servers confirmed sadly:

Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n) (2.4 GHz only), with Bluetooth support
Features supported – EOS Utility, Smartphone, Upload to Web, Wireless printing

Update: August 5, 2018: Canon is planning an update its Camera Connect App to faciliate transferring and editing of RAW files on the iPad. Even with the lower file sizes for CR3, it’s going to take a long time to transfer these files to the iPad via Wi-Fi. I’d love for a feature like Proxy RAW editing where you can make gross adjustments, including metadata editing, to a proxy version of a RAW file without having to download the whole thing to your mobile device.

Answering the demand for enhanced mobile editing of RAW image files, Canon is also announcing a new application, Digital Photo Professional Express (DPP Express). In combination with an updated Canon Camera Connect App, DPP Express enables users to send, view, edit and process CR3 RAW files on their iPad[vii]. A free download of the app will be available October 2018.

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Sony A9 Supports FTPS Transfers

The blisteringly fast Sony A9 camera supports both FTP and FTPS file transfers from its built-in Ethernet port. From the product specifications section:

“Using a new terminal for wired LAN connection, you can conveniently transfer still image files to a specified FTP server for viewing and management as needed. A wired LAN connection gives you the highest possible transfer speeds for large image files — an ideal solution for studio photography. Moreover, since FTPS (File Transfer Protocol over SSL/TLS) is supported, image files can be encrypted with SSL or TLS while being transferred, assuring a higher level of security.”

This makes the Sony A9 the third camera and the first non-Canon, that I know of that supports FTP Secure file transfers. It’s unclear whether FTP and FTPS transfers can occur over the built-in Wi-Fi. If not, photographers can purchase a small router like the GLI Inet travel routers that I have been using to securely transfer photos from the camera.