Canon RAW Codec

Plug-in utility from Canon designed to offer support for CR2 RAW image format in Windows Imaging Component (WIC) supported applications
Canon RAW Codec is designed to enable support of the Canon RAW image files (CR2) under Windows operating system. This enables the user to import and view this type of files with Windows Imaging Component (WIC) supported applications.

Installing this plug-in does not require too much effort from the user as the three-step process combined with clear on-screen instructions should make the entire operation a breeze.

Camera and software support

The codec is designed to work with certain camera models from Canon, most of them EOS (Electro-Optical System) and PowerShot products.

Among its functions there is support for XMP rating system and the files handled this codec can work with no problems with applications such as ZoomBrowser EX and Digital Photo Professional, both of them signed by Canon.

Obviously, any other programs compatible with XMP rating system (Adobe's Extensible Metadata Platform) are also compatible with Canon’s codec. The XMP rating system was developed by Adobe and allows adding metadata to the image file that can be decoded by the supporting programs.


According to the developer, the plug-in does not work with 64-bit operating systems. Also among issues known to the developer is incompatibility of the metadata with earlier versions of the codec; as such, the recommendation is to use the same version of the plug-in when sharing the RAW files.


Canon RAW Codec has not been updated in a long time and it may not be updated to support newer hardware configurations. However, despite this, support for opening and handling Canon RAW files is included in respectable graphic manipulation software on the market.

Reviewed by , last updated on March 17th, 2014

file size:
27.9 MB
developed by:
Canon Inc.
license type:
operating system(s):
Windows XP / Vista / 7
C: \ Multimedia \ Graphic \ Graphic Viewers


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Canon RAW Codec - Canon RAW Codec will provide users with a software plug-in that enables the import and display of Canon RAW image filesCanon RAW Codec - The installation process will take no time at all and you`ll be able to rapidly view your RAW photosCanon RAW Codec - Users will be informed at the end of the operation upon the success of the codec installation
What's New in This Release:
  • Support added for EOS 60D, PowerShot G12 and PowerShot S95
  • Support for XMP rating system. The ratings in Files processed using this RAW codec are compatible with applications such as ZoomBrowser EX 6.6, Digital Photo Professional 3.9 and XMP compatible applications
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Canon RAW Codec is a software plug-in that, when installed in Windows Vista, enables the import and display of RAW ima...

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