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CR2 or DNG

Discussion in 'Photography discussion' started by HebburnMackem, Apr 14, 2012.

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  1. HebburnMackem

    HebburnMackem Striker

    My 550D uses the CR2 format for RAW files, .. is there any benefit to converting to DNG on import?

    One thing I've found is that the meta data regarding historical changes to an image in Lightroom are stored INSIDE the DNG..

    With a CR2,you also have to have to corresponding XMP files.

    From an administrative point of view, not having to copy two files is a slight advantage. But suppose you want to extract the original (unedited) image from the DNG, is it easy and are free tools available?
  2. DNG is an open standard isn't it? Whereas cr2 and the likes are proprietary... In time cr2 might be trickier to work with as the standards and software evolve..
  3. AB22 Easy Tiger

    AB22 Easy Tiger Even better than before Staff Member Contributor

    I've had 3 Canon cameras, a 400d, a 50D and a 7D.

    The CR2 files on each are different.
  4. HebburnMackem

    HebburnMackem Striker

    I just wondered if anyone has used them in a workflow and can compare and contrast to CR2.
  5. just converted a few of mine. And played with them in lightroom. There is nowt to compare and contrast, LR behaves no differently with them.

    What is a little worrying though, DNG is approx 15-20% smaller than CR2. What's getting hoyed out when you convert?
  6. HebburnMackem

    HebburnMackem Striker


    Coming from a computer background it could just be an improved lossless compression algorithm. A bit like going from Zip to Rar. Better compression usually (not always) means slower compression/decompression.

    If it's using a lossy compression to achieve this, then it can fook off.

    Confirmed, it's lossless, which is good.


    I have the latest Windows 7 64-bit drivers for DNG. In Windows explorer and Windows Live photo gallery the image is corrupt when converted from Lightroom 4.

    I've tried it in Google Picasa 3.9 application which uses it's own internal drivers, and it's corrupt too.

    Windows photo viewer is fine.
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