Updated: 3 Mar 2013

Canon RAW Codec is a plugin enabling your Windows operating system to support Canon RAW image files, with the CR2 file extension.
This application is compatible with EOS (Electro-Optical System) and PowerShot products. The EOS Canon cameras that the Canon RAW Codec are compatible with are:

EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1Ds, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 50D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20Da, EOS 20D, EOS 10D, EOS D60, EOS D30, EOS Rebel XSi/EOS Kiss Digital X2/EOS 450D Digital, EOS Digital Rebel XSi, EOS Digital Rebel XS, EOS Kiss Digital X/EOS Digital Rebel XTi/EOS 400D Digital, EOS Rebel T1i, EOS Kiss Digital N/EOS Digital Rebel XT/EOS 350D Digital, and EOS Kiss Digital/EOS Digital Rebel/EOS 300 Digital.

The PowerShot models supported by this codec are PowerShot Pro1, PowerShot Pro90 IS, PowerShot G10, PowerShot G9, PowerShot G6, PowerShot G5, PowerShot G3, PowerShot G2, PowerShot G1, PowerShot S70, PowerShot S60, PowerShot S50, PowerShot S45, PowerShot S40, and PowerShot S30.

In terms of functions, the Canon RAW Codec offers support for the XMP rating system. The ratings of files processed with these codecs are compatible with application such as Digital Photo Professional, Adobe’s Extensible Metadata Platform and ZoomBrowser, among others.

Some limitations of this codec are not working on 64-bit operating systems and the incompatibility of the metadata with older versions of the codec. Thus, it is recommended to use the same version of the codec when sharing RAW files with other users.

The Canon RAW codec has not been updated anymore for a long time, but anyone using a Canon camera whose model is compatible with this codec will find the plugin helpful.

Changes in Canon RAW Codec 1.8:

- 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.

IMPORTANT!
- Canon RAW Codec is a plug-in software that enables the import and display of Canon RAW image files when installed in Windows Vista (including SP1)/Windows XP SP2 and Windows XP SP3(*).
* To use the software with Windows XP SP2 and Windows XP SP3, application software that supports WIC (such as Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery) will be required.

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