How to Recover CR2 Files from SD Card for Canon

Do you want to know how to recover CR2 photos from an SD memory card for Canon digital camera? If you have ever used Canon camera, you probably know that CR2 is the filename extension of RAW image format for Canon digital camera. When you use a Canon digital camera to take photos, you can save it in RAW format. And then, the filenames of all RAW images will have .cr2 as their filename extension.

When you take pictures with your Canon camera, the images are usually stored to a memory card inserted in the camera. SD card is a common type of memory card that is compatible with Canon digital camera. RAW image format is usually a lossless format, which has no loss of quality by compression techniques. Therefore, CR2 RAW images usually occupy more storage space on your SD card compared to JPEG or PNG files. In this situation, you are prone to delete CR2 files when there is no free space on your SD card for Canon digital camera. In addition to deletion, CR2 files usually get lost from Canon digital camera SD card due to more other reasons:

If you lose CR2 images due to similar reasons above, you should stop using your Canon camera to take more photos. Photo recovery software provides the easiest solution for CR2 file recovery from Canon camera SD card if you do not have any backup.

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How to View CR2 Files on PC?

CR2 is a RAW image format specially used in Canon digital camera. You cannot directly view a CR2 photo on Windows computer. Therefore, you do not need to worry if you can read the CR2 images on your Canon digital camera but they become unreadable after connecting the Canon SD card to your computer. In this situation, you have two choices to view the CR2 files:

1. You can visit Canon official website and download the Digital Photo Professional. After installing this software on your computer, you can easily view the CR2 files. And you can also convert CR2 format to other image format by using this software.

2. You can also open and view CR2 files via Adobe Photoshop. You just need to right click the CR2 file > click "Open with" option > choose the Adobe Photoshop > select "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" > click "OK".

How to Recover CR2 Images from SD Card for Canon?

It is an unfortunate thing to lose your precious CR2 pictures from SD card for Canon digital camera, you have chance to restore deleted or even unreadable CR2 files with help of a data recovery program. iCare Data Recovery Free supports to retrieve all kinds of files including CR2 RAW images, so you can follow the steps below to get back lost CR2 files from Canon digital camera SD card:

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Step1. Free download and install iCare Data Recovery on your computer. Launch the software and select a proper scan mode.

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Step2. Choose the SD card and wait the software to scan for lost files.

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Step3. Preview images and then select the CR2 files you want to restore.

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RAW Image Filename Extension of Other Digital Cameras

The filename extensions for RAW image are different in various brands of digital cameras. CR2 is the filename extension of Canon digital camera, and here are some filename extensions for other digital cameras:

Nikon: NEF
Sony: ARW
Panasonic: RW2
Kodak: KDC
FujiFilm: RAF
Minolta: MRW
Olympus: ORF
Pentax: PTX


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