Digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLR) are getting from day to day popular and can be found today in nearly every household. This cameras can make fotos in the standard .jpg format, or if you want to have the possibility to edit a picture after taking it, in the powerful raw format. If you are using a windows PC you will see one big problem with RAW. You can’t view the pictures directly in the Windows Explorer. In this instruction we will show you, how to teach the windows explorer to view RAW-files out of the box.
The right codec for the Windows Explorer
Actually the solution for this problem is quite simple. You have only to install the correct codec and Windows Explorer will view the images. The problem is, that the codecs are very difficult to found. All you need you can get directly from Microsoft if you know where to search. Because they don’t advertise or communicate it, it is very difficult to find.
If you want to install the Codec for Windows Vista and, or Windows 7, to optimize your Windows Explorer, you can find the Camera Codec pack 16.4 by Microsoft.
Hint: If you are using the Windows Explorer from Windows 8 RAW-files of common DSLR manufacturers like CANON can be read directly out of the box. If you still have problems in viewing a RAW file try the codec pack from this page: Camera Codec Pack
Digital Rebel XT, Digital Rebel XTi, EOS 10D, EOS 20D, EOS 30D, EOS 40D, EOS 50D Digital, EOS 60D, EOS 100D, EOS 300D, EOS 350D, EOS 400D, EOS 450D, EOS 500D, EOS 550D, EOS 600D, EOS 650D, EOS 700D, EOS 1000D, EOS1100D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 6D, EOS 7D Digital, EOS D30, EOS D60, EOS Digital Rebel, EOS Kiss Digital, EOS Kiss Digital N, EOS Kiss Digital X, EOS Kiss F, EOS Kiss X2, EOS Kiss X3, EOS Kiss X4, EOS Kiss X5, EOS Kiss X6i, EOS Kiss X7, EOS Kiss X7i, EOS Kiss X50, EOS M, EOS Rebel SL1, EOS Rebel T1i, EOS Rebel T2i, EOS Rebel T3, EOS Rebel T3i, EOS Rebel T4i, EOS Rebel T5i, EOS Rebel XS, EOS Rebel XSi, EOS-1D, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1Ds, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1Ds Mark III, PowerShot G1 X, PowerShot G2, PowerShot G3, PowerShot G5, PowerShot G6, PowerShot G9, PowerShot G10, PowerShot G11, PowerShot G12, PowerShot G15, PowerShot Pro1, PowerShot S90, PowerShot S95, PowerShot S100, PowerShot S110, PowerShot SX1 IS, PowerShot SX50 HS
EasyShare Z981, EasyShare Z1015 IS
ALPHA SWEET DIGITAL, ALPHA-5 DIGITAL, ALPHA-7 DIGITAL, DiMAGE A1, DiMAGE A2, DYNAX 5D, DYNAX 7D, Maxxum 5D, Maxxum 7D
DIGILUX 3, D-LUX 4, M8, M8.2, M9
1 J1, 1 J2, 1 J3, 1 S1, 1 V1, 1 V2, Coolpix P6000, Coolpix P7000, Coolpix P7100, D1H, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s, D3X, D4, D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D300s, D600, D700, D800, D800E, D3000, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D7000, D7100
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EX2F, NX10, NX11, NX20, NX1000
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