This format is used for storing bitmap images with improved levels of color and brightness performance. It combines exposures to record darker tones in the shadows or detail in the lighter areas of a given photo. HDR is able to combine multiple images with different levels of light distribution. It is used to create rich images.
A bitmap image in the Portable Any Map format that was originally developed for processing and storing several types of monochrome and color images without compression as well as grayscale images. Bitmap graphics data in a PNM file are stored using ASCII or binary structure.