A legacy format with RAW structure for storing photos taken with Canon cameras. It contains graphical information about data that was obtained through the lens without the use of hardware or software correction and compression. It contains metadata that identify shooting conditions and camera settings.
It is used as a common format for bitmaps in operating systems environments based on the UNIX kernel. It is designed for use in many types of graphics. It can be used for all kinds of data with two-dimensional arrays. It covers the RGB-space and transparency levels.