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What are ARW files?

ARW is a raw image file format used by Sony cameras. In this format, all data captured by the camera's CCD is retained using TIFF specifications.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the ARW format?

The ARW format is a multimedia standard in the current world of digital content. And it shows the following advantages and disadvantages:


  • An ARW file retains all pixel information that the camera recorded during an exposure, All data is saved, even if it is not needed in the current version of the image.
  • It provides metadata, which means that even after processing the data, you can change the camera settings on which it was recorded. This makes it quite workable and easy to use.
  • When you work on an ARW file, changes are continuously exported to a different format. The advantage of this is that the original file is saved and you can go back whenever you want.


  • The files are too large to handle. People using this format have to deal with memory cards that run out quickly.
  • Time consuming. When there is a wide range of files to edit, the file requires a lot of editing and processing time.
  • Files in this format have almost no processing.

ARW Format FAQs

Is ARW Same as RAW?

A file with the extension ARW stands for Sony Alpha Raw, and is therefore a Sony RAW image file. A RAW image format just means that the file has not been compressed or manipulated in any way; it is in the same form it was in when the camera first captured it.

How do I open ARW files on Windows 10?

To open an ARW file double-click on the file and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. The photo program that comes pre-installed with Microsoft Windows is able to open ARW files.

How to open .arw files?

Files with the ARW extension, like any other file format, can be found on any operating system. Such files can be transferred to other devices, whether they are mobile or stationary, however, not all systems can properly handle such files. A list of programs that can be used to open ARW files can be found below.


  • ACDSee
  • ACDSee Photo Manager
  • Adobe DNG Converter
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Canvas
  • PaintShop Pro
  • RAW Driver
  • Sony Image Data Converter SR
  • XnView
  • Zoner Photo Studio


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • ColorStrokes


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • ColorStrokes


  • Darktable