The ARW files are photo files created with Sony digital cameras, usually the of the Alpha series. These are raw files which contain unprocessed image captured with a digital camera. The ARW format has many similarities to other raw images (SR2 or SRF) supported by Sony cameras.
The ARW format is based on the popular TIFF format and the TIFF specification. This simply means that it contains raw, uncompressed image data, sent directly from camera’s matrix after taking a picture. Therefore such files may contain important image details, which can be adjusted before exporting them into a popular format using various methods, using commonly utilised graphic editors.
The ARW raw image files may vary in specific Sony cameras, although they have the same extension. This discrepancies result from using different image capturing matrixes. Therefore, seemingly the same ARW files may very regarding certain details, however it is not possible to indicate with the naked eye, but only after digging into details.
When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the ARW extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of ARW file conversion to a different format.
We hope we helped you solve the problem with the ARW file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.
There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the ARW file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).
First - the ARW file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the ARW file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the ARW file should be solved.
Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the ARW file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).
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