A RAW photo is an image file that consists of data in the most un-edited form as captured by the sensor of your digital camera. This type of photo formats is usually generated by digital cameras distributed by companies like Panasonic, Casio, Leica, and many others. Every camera model comes with a different type of sensor, so, there are multiple types of camera raw formats. Consequently, not many Windows utilities can offer support for these many RAW formats. One solution to preview and edit RAW images on your PC without dealing with incompatibility issues is to convert the pictures to a more popular format.
In a previous article, I showed you how to edit RAW images for free. In this guide, I will teach you how to easily convert RAW images to a very popular file format: BMP. You can find multiple solutions online, but I wouldn't recommend using any of them as there's a chance that they will also end up being stored somewhere on the web, for anyone to access and use them without your consent. A secure and simple way to convert RAW images to the BMP format is by using desktop tools like XnConvert.
XnConvert is being distributed at no cost, works with a wide variety of image formats, supports batch conversion, and offers you quality output files in no time. Here's what you need to do:
You will need to download the following software to follow along with this tutorial.
Launch XnConvert on your PC. Click the "Add Files" button from the bottom side of the interface and import your RAW image file.
XnConvert Input Screen
Head to the Output panel. Choose a destination folder for the generated image and select BMP as the output format.
XnConvert Output Screen
Click the "Convert" button from the bottom-right side of the interface. Your BMP file will be generated immediately.
Optionally: Before converting your RAW images, you can also use XnConvert to make some alterations to the imported content. In the Actions panel, you will find various image editing options (crop, resize, rotate, etc.) and visual effects to apply to your RAW files.
Clearly, it's very simple to convert RAW images to the BMP format with XnConvert. What's more, the original quality is preserved and you can process as many RAW images as you like at the same time. So, which solution will you choose? Will you use an online service to convert your RAW images to the BMP format or will you opt for a desktop tool? Let us know in the comments section below.
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