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A CR2 file is a raw image file, containing uncompressed and unprocessed data. That means that the image data reflects what was taken by the camera sensor, in this case a Canon camera.

A JPG file is a compressed image file that is a fraction of the size of most raw image files. It’s the most widely used image format around today, and is particularly popular online, with many websites favouring JPG files because of their small file size and ability to be easily downloaded.

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How to Convert CR2 to JPG

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you change a CR2 to JPEG?

On a Windows computer, you can change a CR2 file to a JPEG file in four easy steps. First, download and install the latest Microsoft camera codec, which you can do here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40310. Once you've done this, launch the Photo Gallery application, find the CR2 image file, and double-click it. Once clicked, the image will appear. Click the ellipsis in the top right-hand corner, and click 'Save As', and then select 'JPG' as the 'Save as Type' option. On a Mac computer, you can change a CR2 file to JPEG by opening Preview, navigating to 'File', selecting 'Export', and then choosing 'JPEG'.

How do I convert Canon RAW to JPEG?

There are two main ways of converting a Canon RAW file to a JPG file, and they are to either download a program to do it, such as ImageMagick, or to do it online using Zamzar’s free conversion tool without the need to download any software.

What is a CR2 file vs JPEG?

The major difference between a CR2 file and a JPEG file is that a JPEG has been compressed and processed, while a CR2 file has not. A CR2 file is a raw file and mirrors what the camera sensor sees at the time of the click, losing none of its image quality, and resulting in a large file size. Meanwhile, a JPG file removes unnecessary image data to make the file smaller in size and more efficient, but loses some picture quality. To the naked eye there’s very little difference between the two, but raw image files, such as a CR2 file, are often used when it comes to printing, while JPG files are often used to display images on the web or for sharing.

How can I view CR2 files?

To view CR2 files within your operating system using in-built applications like 'Photos', then you will need to download either the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack or have Canon RAW Coded software installed. If neither of these have been downloaded and installed then you can use free applications such as IrfanView or UFRaw.

How do I batch convert RAW to JPEG?

Batch converting can be done via Zamzar. You can batch-convert up to 2 files at once using the free program, or up to 100 files at once using the paid option.