.CR2 File Extension

.CR2 File Extension

File Type 1

Canon Raw Image File

Developer Canon
4.0  |  288 Votes
Category Camera Raw Files
Format Binary

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. Professional photographers typically use CR2 files because they store higher-quality images.

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Screenshot of a .cr2 file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2021
CR2 file open in Adobe Photoshop CC 2021

CR2 files are saved in the Canon Raw version 2 format, which is based on the TIFF specification. Various Canon digital camera models may create CR2 images, including EOS 1D Mark IV, EOS 450D, and EOS Rebel T3.

Earlier versions of Canon cameras also use the .CRW format, which is based on the Camera Image File Format (CIFF). In 2018, later versions of Canon cameras, such as EOS M50 and EOS R, began saving image data in Canon Raw 3 .CR3 format.

The CR2 format is one of many raw image formats utilized by various camera manufacturers. Other raw file types include:

How do I open a CR2 file?

You can open and edit CR2 files with various image editing programs, including the software bundled with Canon digital camera purchases. You can also open CR2 files with Microsoft Photos (bundled with Windows) and Apple Preview and Apple Photos (both are bundled with macOS).

Some other image editors that support CR2 files are Adobe Photoshop (Windows and macOS), ACD Systems ACDSee (Windows), and IrfanView (Windows).

How do I convert CR2 files?

You can convert CR2 files to other image formats, such as .JPEG and .PNG with several image editors. In Windows, you can convert CR2 images with Adobe Photoshop, ACD Systems ACDSee, and IrfanView.

On a Mac, you can use Apple Preview to convert CR2 files by selecting File → Export.... Or you can use Apple Photos or Adobe Photoshop to convert the images.

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Programs that open CR2 files

Updated May 27, 2021
File Type 2

Poser Character Rigging File

Developer Bondware
3.3  |  19 Votes
Category 3D Image Files
Format N/A

What is a CR2 file?

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 or reference CR2 files

Updated April 15, 2020

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