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How to convert the CR2 image file to a TIFF

by Casey Schmidt  |  January 8, 2020

3 min. read
A Canon camera on rocks.

The CR2 is used by photographers to bring their pictures into a digital format. However, these images usually require editing and sharing, which is hard to do in the CR2 format. Luckily, it’s not difficult to change the file into a different type. Here’s how to convert the CR2 to a TIFF.

What is a CR2?

The CR2 image file is the official file extension format for any photograph snapped using a Canon camera and then uploaded to a computer and digitized. It stands for Canon Raw 2, meaning second edition. The CR2 is a very large file because it is a high resolution, raw representation of the photograph taken.

What is a TIFF?

The TIFF image file is a raster image that stands for Tagged Image File Format. It uses metadata more than other image types do, making it easier to search for and categorize TIFF files. It’s also a very safe format, especially due to its metadata. Lastly, its transparency makes it especially valued among users who share and receive a lot of different image files.

A neon TIFF file icon.
The TIFF is a very secure format.

How to convert the CR2 to TIFF

There are two different ways to make a conversion from CR2 to TIFF. The first is for users who only need to convert a few different files. When this is the case, a browser-based program works best. These systems don’t require the installation of a program onto your computer. All you have to do is upload your CR2 then download the TIFF file it converts it to. The browser-based system is great for users with limited hard drive space and speedy internet connection. I recommend Zamzar due to its simple interface and fast upload speeds.

The other method is for users who have a large quantity of files they need converted. When this is necessary, a system-based converter program is optimal. This type of program installs to your computer and allows conversions without internet access. It’s also great for anyone who has extensive amounts of hard drive space to spare. I recommend CR2Converter for its simplicity.

A fish jumping from one bowl to another.
Sometimes a change is necessary.

Why convert?

If you have a lot of CR2 files on your system, you probably enjoy their raw, untouched quality and high resolution. However, you realize they’re nearly impossible to edit and share in their current state. For this reason, it makes a lot of sense to convert them into more manageable image file types. There are a lot of different formats you could convert to. If you want a file that is extremely safe for sharing, the TIFF is probably your best bet.

The reason you might convert your CR2 files to a TIFF is because you might need to send out important and sensitive photographs to clients or coworkers. The TIFF guarantees a safer process for your recipients, which will make you look professional. Also, the TIFF houses metadata drastically, giving more tags to your images for easier use.

Converting the CR2 is a great way to make your pictures more accessible. Make sure you know the best method of conversion for your personal preference.