View high quality photos on your digital camera with the RAW Image Extension

Do you love taking high-quality pictures? If you have a collection of images from digital cameras, and see some of your raw image files displayed in File Explorer like this. I am happy to announce that we have a solution for you. With Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you now have access to the Raw Image Extension that support viewing of raw images from most cameras in the market today. Hi, I'm Kehinde Oladosu on the Windows media team. Raw image formats are produced by mid- to high-end digital cameras and by some high-end cell phones on the market today.


They are used by photography professionals and enthusiasts to capture the best picture quality from their digital cameras. There is no standardized raw image file format and the set of raw format supported by camera manufacturer’s changes over time. Apps rely on a raw image codec to decode and display the raw images from a given camera. Without built-in support, Windows users cannot view raw images from their cameras without relying on third-party tools. All Windows 10 versions currently has a built-in codec pack for raw format. But we've received feedback that modern cameras released in the last few years and not supported. With Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you now have access to the Raw Image Extension available on the Microsoft Store. It provides comprehensive support for raw files produced by most cameras on the market today and will be updated to support new raw formats introduced by new cameras released to the market in the future. The extension provides; 1. Native viewing support for raw images in Photos, and 2. Ability to view thumbnails of raw files and the camera properties used to take these pictures right in File Explorer.


As a bonus, the extension now enables the same comprehensive support for raw images stored on your OneDrive. With the OneDrive app, you don't need to install the extension to view your images. Now, let's work through how you can install the extension on your device. First, make sure you're running a Windows version that is at least Windows 10 Version 1903. Also known as Windows 10 May 2019 Update. You can check your version number by typing "About your PC" into Windows Search box. Next, open the Microsoft Store app from the Taskbar, and search for "Raw Image Extension". Select "Get" button to acquire the extension. You should see the "Get" button changed to install after downloading is complete. Select it to start installing the extension. If you're already own the extension, you will see an "Install" button that you can use to start installation right away. After the extension is installed, selecting "Launch" button will open the Photos app which you can use to navigate to the raw image collection on your device. Using the app, you can view your raw images. You can also now easily organize your raw image collection directly in File Explorer by viewing thumbnails previews and detailed cameras settings used to take each raw image.

To summarize, the new Raw Image Extension adds native view and support for images captured in raw file formats. By installing the package, you will be able to view thumbnails and metadata of supported raw file formats right in Windows File Explorer or view images in the Photos app. Because the extension is delivered to the Microsoft Store, we're able to update it faster to support new raw format and you get the updated version automatically. We hope you found this video helpful. If you have any feedback, or suggestion, please share with us via Feedback Hub, by pressing "Windows key and F".

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