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.CR2 File Extension

File Type 1Canon Raw Image File

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CategoryCamera Raw Files

What is a CR2 file?

A CR2 file is a raw camera image created by various Canon digital cameras. It stores uncompressed image data exactly how it was captured by the CCD. CR2 files are typically used by professional photographers because they store higher quality images.

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Screenshot of a .cr2 file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
CR2 file open in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019

You can open and edit CR2 files using various image editing programs, including the software bundled with Canon digital camera purchases. Some other image editors that support CR2 files are Adobe Photoshop, ACD Systems ACDSee, and IrfanView.

CR2 files are saved in the Canon Raw version 2 format, which is based on the TIFF specification. Some earlier versions of Canon digital cameras also use the .CRW format, which is based on the Camera Image File Format (CIFF).

NOTE: Various models of Canon cameras may create CR2 images, including EOS 1D Mark IV, EOS 450D, and EOS Rebel T3.

Open and view .CR2 files with File Viewer Plus.

Programs that open CR2 files

Updated 4/18/2019

File Type 2Poser Character Rigging File

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Category3D Image Files

.CR2 File Association 2

3D character data file used by Poser, a 3D human modeling program; includes information about the figure's joints and bones, including where and how much they bend; may also contain information about morphs that are built into the figure; may be imported by various third-party programs.

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NOTE: Poser was originally developed by Smith Micro, but was sold to Bondware in June 2019.

Programs that open CR2 files

Updated 4/15/2020

About CR2 Files

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