.RAW File Extension

.RAW File Extension

File Type 1

Raw Image Data File

Developer N/A
Popularity
3.8  |  201 Votes
Category Camera Raw Files
Format Binary

What is a RAW file?

A RAW file is an image generated by digital cameras such as Panasonic, Leica, and Casio cameras. It contains uncompressed, raw image data that can be adjusted for exposure and white balance using software that supports the format. RAW files are used for storing unaltered image data as captured by a digital camera's CCD.

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Screenshot of a .raw file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
RAW file open in Adobe Photoshop CC 2019

RAW files are used to produce higher quality images since the format stores data captured from a camera's sensor in an uncompressed format. RAW files do not lose data like JPEG files do when they are compressed. However, RAW files can be very large in size because they are not compressed. This is the tradeoff between lower-quality, smaller images and higher-quality, larger images.

NOTE: RAW files may also be created by image generation software, although this is not as common.

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Programs that open RAW files

File Type 2

Dolphin Wii and Gamecube Emulator Game Save File

Developer N/A
Popularity
3.4  |  28 Votes
Category Game Files
Format N/A

What is a RAW file?

Game save file for Wii and Gamecube Memory Card files; contains game save data.

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Dolphin is an open source emulator used for running Nintendo Wii and GameCube games on the Windows, Linux and Mac OSX operating systems.

The Dolphin Wii and GameCube consoles emulator uses the RAW file type as a save file for Wii and Gamecube Memory Card files. Although the Dolphin emulator cannot itself open the RAW file type, it can use it as a save for games.

Programs that open RAW files

Windows
Mac
Linux
File Type 3

Raw Audio Data

Developer N/A
Popularity
3.1  |  25 Votes
Category Audio Files
Format Binary

What is a RAW file?

Uncompressed PCM (pulse code modulation) signed audio data file; contains raw audio data stored in a binary format; does not contain any header information or use an audio codec.

Programs that open RAW files

Mac
Linux

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