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CR2 File Format Specification

File format .CR2
Developer canon
Type of format Raw image format
Supported Applications Picasa, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe photoshop light room etc.

What do you understand by CR2 file format?

CR2 (raw) file format are more vulnerable because there are so many varieties are there. The canon CR2 format may share similarities across range of cameras that use cr2 format, but the raw files from each canon camera are distinctly different and only the latest software is able to read the newest variants number of different programs can read and interpret different raw format. CR2 format is a raw format that replaced CRW format. It’s file quality is very high compare to JPEG format. CR2 file provide great flexibility. CR2 files store image data directly from the camera’s sensor to the memory card with minimal in camera processing. To print and share CR2 images, you must first convert them by using program that support the RAW file format, & then save them as a JPEG ot TIFF file.

CR2 is a loss-less format (no loss of image data) image quality is not degraded by compression. CR2 files are denoted with a .CR2 file name format. It’s conversion is a simple process that gives you the highest level of control over the final page. This file format created by canon Digital camera’s. CR2 files are uncompressed images that need to be converted into a more readily familiar and easier to handle file format. This file format are recorded in 14 or 12 bits structure.

CR2 Format

Advantages of CR2 file

  • CR2 format is generally considered to be the best format to be shoot in primarily.
  • It offer a flexibility.

How to Open CR2 file?

  • STEP1: Select the CR2 file, Right click the CR2.
  • STEP2: Now, choose Open with option & select default program.
  • STEP3: If default program option not available, then choose Adobe photoshop, picasa in the list of the program.
  • STEP4: Click Ok.

List of program that open CR2 file

  • Fotor
  • Exifo Image viewer
  • Faststone Image Viewer
  • Free Photo viewer
  • Raw Image Viewer
  • Picasa
  • Photivo
  • Chasys Draw IES viewer
  • CoolUtils Photo Viewer
  • Microsoft photos
  • cPicture

List of Digital Cameras that open CR2 file

  • Canon Powershot Pro1
  • Canon Powershots G1-G6
  • Canon Powershots S30-S70
  • Canon EOS D30
  • Canon EOS D60
  • Canon EOS 10D
  • Canon EOS 300D

What is the use of CR2 format?

CR2 Format

CR2 format used for digital photography that stored the unaltered information as it is captured by the camera sensor. CR2 file format images are actually not images in the conventional sense of the word. Suppose, If you take a RAW picture your canon Digital camera, you don’t have to worry about quality settings white balance or picture style perfectly. This file format also enables non-destructive image editing. CR2 file takes a large space because they produce high quality images this type of file not view by every desktop, smartphones, Smart LED TV etc.


In this article describe the concept of CR2 file format. This type of images produce by canon camera’s. It also take very large space to store the images. Also tell us about the basic information, advantages and way to open CR2 file.