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RAW File

This page contains information on the RAW file extension (RAW Image File), a popular image file format

File extension.raw
CategoryImage File
DescriptionThe RAW file format contains untouched raw pixel information that comes straight from sensors of a digital camera. In digital photography it is the equivalent of a negative from traditional film-based photography. Digital Cameras process the RAW file by changing it to a full colour JPEG or TIFF image file that is stored on a memory card for a camera, but it is usually possible to retain the original RAW file too. Generally as the RAW file comes straight from the sensor this gives photographers more control over how the final JPEG or TIFF image is displayed.

There is no single RAW format. Digital camera manufacturers have each developed their own proprietary (often undocumented) formats, often changing the format from one camera model to the next. Several major manufacturers, including Canon, Sony and Nikon encrypt elements of the file to prevent 3rd party tools from accessing them.

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Technical DetailsRAW files are made up of 12 or sometimes 14 bits compared to JPEG which is only made up of 8 bits. This provides for better image quality since any calculations used to generate the pixel values (often described as RGB) can be performed on the base data. This does however mean that RAW file sizes are often between two and six times large than standard JPEG images.
Associated programs Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop Elements
Apple Preview
Corel Draw
Google Picasa
Developed by Various
MIME type  N/A
Useful links Information about the RAW image format
dcraw homepage
The two varieties of RAW file formats
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Convert RAW file

Using Zamzar it is possible to convert RAW files to a variety of other formats:

raw to ai (Adobe Illustrator Artwork)
raw to bmp (Windows bitmap)
raw to eps (Encapsulated PostScript)
raw to gif (Compuserve graphics interchange)
raw to jpg (JPEG compliant image)
raw to pcx (Paintbrush Bitmap Image)
raw to pdf (Portable Document Format)
raw to png (Portable Network Graphic)
raw to tga (Truevision Targa Graphic)
raw to tiff (Tagged image file format)
raw to wbmp (Wireless Bitmap File Format)
raw to webp (Lossily compressed image file)

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