Canon RAW Codec 1.11

The Canon RAW Codec is a plugin designed to enable Canon RAW image file support on your Windows operating system, accommodating files with the extensions CRW and CR2.

Read Understanding RAW Formats guide.

This application is specifically designed for compatibility with EOS (Electro-Optical System) and PowerShot products, covering a wide range of Canon camera models.

The EOS Canon cameras compatible with Canon RAW Codec include:

EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1Ds, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 50D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20Da, EOS 20D, EOS 10D, EOS D60, EOS D30, EOS Rebel XSi/EOS Kiss Digital X2/EOS 450D Digital, EOS Digital Rebel XSi, EOS Digital Rebel XS, EOS Kiss Digital X/EOS Digital Rebel XTi/EOS 400D Digital, EOS Rebel T1i, EOS Kiss Digital N/EOS Digital Rebel XT/EOS 350D Digital, and EOS Kiss Digital/EOS Digital Rebel/EOS 300 Digital.

Additionally, PowerShot models supported by this codec include PowerShot Pro1, PowerShot Pro90 IS, PowerShot G10, PowerShot G9, PowerShot G6, PowerShot G5, PowerShot G3, PowerShot G2, PowerShot G1, PowerShot S70, PowerShot S60, PowerShot S50, PowerShot S45, PowerShot S40, and PowerShot S30.

The Canon RAW Codec offers support for the XMP rating system, ensuring compatibility with applications such as Digital Photo Professional, Adobe’s Extensible Metadata Platform, and ZoomBrowser, among others.

However, there are some limitations to be aware of, such as the codec not functioning on 64-bit operating systems and metadata incompatibility with older versions of the codec. It is advisable to use the same version of the codec when sharing RAW files with other users.

The Canon RAW codec has not been updated anymore for a long time, but anyone using a Canon camera whose model is compatible with this codec will find the plugin helpful.

Canon RAW Codec 1.8 brings several changes, including support for EOS 60D, PowerShot G12, and PowerShot S95. It also introduces support for the XMP rating system, making file ratings compatible with applications like ZoomBrowser EX 6.6, Digital Photo Professional 3.9, and other XMP-compatible software.

Canon RAW Codec FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Q: Can I share RAW files processed with Canon RAW Codec with users using older versions of the codec?
A: It is recommended to use the same version of the codec when sharing RAW files to avoid metadata incompatibility issues with older versions.

Q: What are the supported Canon EOS camera models for Canon RAW Codec?
A: Canon RAW Codec is compatible with a range of EOS camera models, including EOS-1D series, EOS 5D series, EOS 50D, EOS 40D, and various Rebel series models. Refer to the documentation for the complete list.

Q: Why has Canon RAW Codec been discontinued as a separate download?
A: Canon RAW Codec has been integrated or replaced in newer software versions. It is no longer available as a standalone download.

Q: What are CRW and CR2 file formats in Canon cameras?
A: CRW is the initial raw format used in early Canon digital cameras, while CR2, its successor, is the current raw format in modern Canon cameras, offering advanced features and greater post-processing flexibility.

Q: What is a CR3 file, and how do CR2 and CR3 file formats differ in Canon cameras?
A: CR3 files are RAW image file extensions used primarily by the newer Canon mirrorless camera range and select DSLR models featuring the DIGIC 8 processing system, setting them apart from CR2 files based on the TIFF lossless format. The CR3 file is closer to the CIFF (Camera Image File Format).

Q: How can I open and convert a CR3 file?
A: To view or edit CR3 files, utilize editing software like Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop with Adobe Camera Raw, or Canon's Digital Photo Professional. In the absence of Adobe software, Canon's Digital Photo Professional provides an option to convert Canon RAW images.

- The codec has been discontinued as a separate download.
- Canon RAW Codec is a plug-in software enabling the import and display of Canon RAW image files on Windows Vista (including SP1)/Windows XP SP2 and Windows XP SP3(*).
*For use with Windows XP SP2 and SP3, application software supporting WIC (such as Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery) will be required.
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