ORF Image File – Unique Nuances of the File Type

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Whether you just purchased an Olympus camera or are a longtime Olympus camera buff, it’s important to learn about the intricacies of its default image file format – the ORF. Understanding the details of the ORF file allows users to select the correct types of tools and software to supplement editing. Here are some interesting concepts of the ORF image file.

What Is the ORF Image File?

ORF is an Olympus Raw Image File. It is the default saving format of all photographs taken with Olympus cameras. Anytime a user uploads a set of pictures from an Olympus camera onto a computer, the digital format is ORF.

Users can open a ORF file using Olympus Viewer. If software for this program didn’t come with the camera, it’s available for free and works on both Windows and Mac operating systems. There are a few alternatives capable of opening the ORF image file types, but they’re scarce.

A camera lens.
An ORF comes from the Olympus camera.

Why Convert?

Some inexperienced users may be curious as to why they have to edit and convert ORF files. The reason for this is ORF is just the raw image file from the camera and though it’s the original quality, it’s acting as a holding place until it can be edited into a more reasonably-sized format. A good way to think of them is as a film reel at the movie theater. People could technically see the original untouched, unchanged images but they’d much rather watch them on the big screen.

Interesting Features

An ORF is a pure form of your photography – the exact thing captured with your camera is illuminated when viewing an ORF. It’s untouched and unchanged in the process from camera to computer, and that’s cherished by photographers.

Metadata is a key characteristic attached to ORF image files, along with other pieces of valuable information that users can see when viewing the files. This makes the process of sorting and finding images for projects much more simple.

A camera taking a picture of water.
The ORF is a raw image format.

Future Considerations

You’ve snapped all of your photographs for a project, transferred them onto your computer, and they’re all ORF file formatted. Now you must decide what type of editing is required of the pictures and which file type to convert them to for easier use.

The first step, if you haven’t already, is download Olympus Viewer. It not only opens ORF, but it’s capable of converting the files into other file formats, such as JPG. Next, decide what type of formatting is necessary. This can be done by determining which image file format best handles the original photo and which file format fits into the project.

Take advantage of all the interesting ways an ORF image file can be used. It’s surprising how much there is to learn about a single format. Advance the process during your next project by understanding all the nuances of ORF.

Casey Schmidt – Content Manager and Industry Expert | Canto

Casey Schmidt is a content manager at Canto who enjoys taking complex subjects and making them easy to understand for readers.