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Why Would You Need to Convert an ARW File

Edited by Ben Jacklin

October 2, 2019

If you have a Sony camera, you may encounter problems opening and working with the ARW files your camera produces. These files retain unprocessed information from the highly sensitive camera matrix, which saves as much visual information as possible. This is important for ensuring high quality, but it makes the files pretty large. Additionally, many image-viewing and -editing programs don’t support these files.

There are a few common problems that ARW-to-JPG conversion can solve:

Can’t open ARW files in an image viewer

These files contain raw data from the camera’s image sensor, so it’s image-viewing programs cannot read ARW files correctly. Changing the file format using a converter can help.

Can’t share ARW files on a smartphone

This is the same as the above issue. Many smartphones and other mobile devices simply don’t support this format. Changing the file format to a more common one should help.

ARW files are too large

ARW files contain uncompressed and raw data from the camera matrix. This means they are too large to store on your favorite device. To reduce the file size, convert ARW to JPG.

Here’s what’s covered in this article:

How to Convert ARW to JPG with the Movavi Converter

If you want to view, store, and share your ARW pictures easily, the best way to dodge all the difficulties is to convert the files to a more common format, like JPEG (JPG), preferably without losing quality. An easy way to do this is to use Movavi Video Converter. In spite of the name, the program works not just with video but also audio and image formats. This powerful software can convert ARW to JPG while keeping a high image quality. And thanks to batch conversion, you can process multiple photos at once, so you don’t have to spend hours on it.

Movavi Video Converter is available for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and macOS 10.7 or higher. Download the program now and follow this easy step-by-step tutorial to learn how to change the format of your photos from ARW to JPG.

Download and Install Movavi’s ARW-to-JPG Converter

Download the converter from our website. Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install the app correctly.

Add Your Files to the Program

Click the Add Media button, then Add Images, and choose the photos you want to convert. You can easily add multiple pictures at the same time for batch conversion.

Choose the Output Format

To convert ARW to JPG, open the Images tab, choose JPG from the format list, and click the only available preset for JPG. If you want to save your files in another format, like PNG, BMP, or GIF, choose that target format from the list.

Start Converting ARW to JPG

Click the Folder icon and specify the export folder, then click Convert to change the format for your images. Once the conversion is complete, the output folder will open automatically.


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ARW vs. JPG Comparison Table

Comparison parameterARWJPG
File extension.arw.jpg
Type of formatRaw imageLossy image
CompressionLossless or lossyLossy
File sizeUsually largeDepends on compression rate, but generally smaller than ARW
Supported devices and operating systemsmacOS and Windows; not supported by mobile devicesAlmost all devices and operating systems

As you can see, in most cases JPG files are more convenient to use than ARW files, so it’s worth considering converting files from ARW to JPG.