RAW File Extension

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Raw Image Data Format
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What is RAW file?

RAW (Raw Image Data) is the most popular file format for uncompressed and unprocessed images used by digital cameras. RAW file stores the image captured with camera’s image sensor directly, without any compression used.

RAW high-quality image

RAW graphics files are widely considered the best format to store images as RAW format stores raw data without any compression or processing, effecting in high fidelity image files. Users can adjust the image for exposure, white balance, and many other aspects using professional editing software.

RAW file characteristics

RAW are characterized by: wide tonal spectrum, lack of lossy compression, and 12- or 14- bits per pixel depth (JPEG offers 8 bits per pixel). RAW are sometimes described as digital countepart of negative.

RAW file size

Because RAW files store uncompressed data, they can be quite large when it comes to file size. RAW files tend to be significantly larger in size than JPEG files, but only slightly smaller than TIF files.

Custom RAW formats

Almost all digital camera manufacturers use their own custom RAW formats, for example, Canon uses CR2 and CRW formats, Nikon – NEF, Olympus – ORF, Sony – ARW, and Fuji – RAF.

Conversion of a RAW file

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 RAW extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of RAW file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from RAW extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to RAW file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the RAW 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.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the RAW file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the RAW 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 RAW 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 RAW 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 RAW file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

Do you want to help?

If you have additional information about the RAW file, we will be grateful if you share it with our users. To do this, use the form here and send us your information on RAW file.

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