Hasselblad 3F RAW Image
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What is a 3FR file?
Hasselblad introduced the 3FR format in 2006 when releasing the Hasselblad H2D camera. 3FR files created by older generations of Hasselblad cameras are compressed with lossless compression. However, Hasselblad cameras now save 3FR images with no compression.
Who uses 3FR files?
Most people who use 3FR files are professional photographers who utilize a Hasselblad digital camera that captures images as 3FR files. Camera raw files, such as 3FR files, store high-quality photographs that can be edited more accurately than compressed images (like JPEG images). However, the raw data in 3FR files lead to larger file sizes, making it difficult to store and share images.
Photographers often edit 3FR images then export them in an image format that utilizes a lossy or lossless compression method. While compression reduces the image quality, it also produces more manageable file sizes for storing, sharing, and uploading images.
What are other camera raw formats?
Camera manufacturers utilize different formats to save images. Besides the 3FR format, others include:
How to open a 3FR file
You can open 3FR files with various image editing programs, including Hasselblad Phocus, a free image-viewing application. You can also open 3FR files with Microsoft Photos (bundled with Windows) and Apple Preview and Apple Photos (both are bundled with macOS).