Opening CR2 files

Did your computer fail to open a CR2 file? We explain what CR2 files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your CR2 files.

What is a CR2 file?

Files that contain the .cr2 file extension are Canon raw image files. These files are based on the TIFF image standard, but the images these files contain are raw images that have been taken by a Canon digital camera.

CR2 files are uncompressed files. The image within the CR2 file is the exact same image that was captured by the CCD detector inside of the Canon camera at the time the picture was taken.

Some CR2 files also contain text information about the picture as well as details about the conditions inside of the camera when the picture was being taken.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

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