Canon RAW Codec for Windows Vista Released

Canon RAW Codec for Windows Vista Released

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I used to be a Nikon guy, but I decided to dabble with the Canon Rebel XT a couple of years ago, and so far, I'm pleased. Most of my newer wallpaper images were taken with the Canon camera and a 60mm macro lens. Unfortunately, until now, all of those wonderful .CR2 files sitting in my picture folders didn't display thumbnails, and they weren't viewable in the Windows Photo Gallery. The good news is that Vista provides an extensible platform for camera manufacturers to add support for their RAW file formats directly into the operating system (as an aside, if you want to read more about writing a custom codec, check out the Windows Imaging Component Overview article on MSDN).

Canon released the first version of their RAW codec today, and a few others are also available:

  • Canon RAW Codec 1.0 - choose your digital camera, then click Drivers / Software to find a link to the codec. According to the site, this version works with .CR2 files from the following cameras: EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS Kiss Digital X / EOS DIGITAL REVEL XTi / EOS 400D DIGITAL, and EOS Kiss Digital N / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT / EOS 350D DIGITAL. No support is currently mentioned for files with a .CRW extension.
  • Nikon RAW Codec 1.0.1 - works with .NEF files from the following cameras: D1, D1H, D1X, D100, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D2Xs, D200, D40, D50, D70, D70s, D80, COOLPIX 8800, COOLPIX 8700, COOLPIX 8400, COOLPIX 5700, COOLPIX 5400, COOLPIX 5000.
  • Sony RAW Codec - works with .SRF and .SR2 files, but I'm not sure which camera models are specifically supported.
  • Olympus RAW Codec - work with .ORF files from the following cameras: E-1, E-300, E-330, E-400, E-500,E-10, E-20, C-70 ZOOM, C-5050ZOOM, C-5060 Wide Zoom, C-7070 Wide Zoom, C-8080 Wide Zoom, SP-310, SP-320, SP-350, SP-500UZ, SP-510UZ.

As an alternative, you can open up Windows Photo Gallery, choose File/Options, then click on the Check for updates button in the General tab. This will lead you to any added/updated codecs too.

For more information on Microsoft and photography, visit the Microsoft Photography Blog.

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  • Please specify which of these codecs supports Vista x64

  • Excellent news. Unfortunately the Cannon add-ons are 32-bit only and will not install on Vista 64-bit :(

  • Vista x64 is great, but this lack of x64 RAW support is killing me. Can you put some pressure on Nikon, Canon etc. to get this done?

  • What happen with EOS 10D ? This works ?

  • indeed no support for x64 again.

  • What would someone make support for 32-bit win only, when every photographer (that's not on mac) will have good/new hardware and fast pc's. Thats just lame.

  • Being a Photographer, i use x64 fo its faster and more stable functionality in prgarms such as photoshop. How can Canon not make it for the 64bit version of Vista as well? This is getting a bit annoying. Guess i'd ahve tos tick to the fidly Canon software provided with the camera.

    By the way mines a 400D.

  • The lack of .CRW support is dissapointing - is there any sign of a future update?

  • It worked. the codec worked.

    BUT.. bugs..

    it takes forever to close a preview after you open it. you probably have to wait for the image to load completely before you CAN close it. omg.

  • Just got off tech support with Canon regarding the lack of CRW support in Vista. Native support of RAW from the PowerShot and Digital Rebel series is not coming, ever. The tech support agent told me that RAW viewing with ZoomBrowser EX is the only Canon-supported method of RAW management for these cameras. This is unacceptable. Canon has completely dropped driver support for a number of their high-end cameras that are barely three years old. Canon has also provided half-assed camera support in Mac OS X - the RAW spec for my camera, the PowerShot S50, is missing completely from OS X  Tiger.

    I am not buying another digital camera until RAW/TIFF uncompressed image support is improved. Here's hoping that Adobe DNG takes off, eliminating these proprietary camera maker formats that have poor driver support.

    Shame on the camera companies for eliminating RAW from point and shoot cameras, forcing us to save in the ancient JPEG format.

  • What a bad news to hear that RAW is not supported. Indeed it is a shame for the camera companies not making drivers for the latest technology they produce. Do you think this problem will be fixed till the end of this year?

  • If Canon does not release RAW support for Vista. I will not be buying another Canon product.

    They do not support any Software for Vista as ultimately their drivers do not work. I have 3 canon bodies and multiple lenses. My newest body is less than 3 years old and still under warranty.  I wonder if I have a claim that non functional support is voiding the warranty, might be worth a claim in court.

    or at least multiple people attempting to make Canon realise they cannot dump customers whilst utilising their products.

    It is funny as I was planning on buying a new body next year, might sell all my gear on ebay and go for Nikon. At least they support their old RAW format.

  • We are working on a 64 bit codec for Canon's CR2 on Vista x64.

    The current beta version is available at

  • YES, IT's WORKS !!!

    Ardfry works fine under Vista 64 bit and support Canon RAW CR2 !!!!!

    Wonderfull !!!

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