Need suggestions on a good RAW Viewer

  • I am a guy who mostly shoot JPEGs even though I know the benefits of shooting RAWs. Its because I'm too lazy to process the RAW files. I am newish in Photography, I shoot a lot of pics whenever I'm outside but the number of keepers are low. So after shooting maybe 500 pics I luckily pick 1/2 from them. This is my main reason for shooting JPEGs. I just keep pressing the Right/Left arrow button in Pacasa until I see a pic which I can keep. RAW files takes longer to load and also lacks quick review because the viewer application doesn't support Right/Left arrow. So, I need suggestion on a better RAW viewing software, which:

    • Loads RAW files quick.
    • Support Right/Left arrow image switching and zooming.
    • I can delete the file if I'm not happy with it.
    • Supports Canon RAW files (I'm using 550D)
    • Even if it doesn't have RAW processing capability, its okay, I can use DPP for processing, I just need it to preview RAW files.
    • Is free to use/Open source.

    Thanks in advance. I've tried two viewers so far, one that came with my camera CD and IrfanView. So, Please do not suggest anyone from these two.

    EDIT: I'm using Windows Vista atm, but might switch to Windows 7 later this month.

    Explaining why you don't like Irfanview would help us in suggesting other viewers.

    what operating system are you on?

    @greg: I'm using Windows Vista atm, but might switch to Windows 7 later this month.

    @Pearsonartphoto for some people viewing images can be quite a different process to viewing/editing them. I use different software for each.

    How about editing the original answer to include the operating system?

    I'm curious - how is the performance with IrfanView?

    @awe: it was slow and I did not find it user friendly enough. @t3mujin: thanks, done.

    @Pearsonartphoto: The _possible duplicate_ you point to is for RAW editors/converters/processing software, which requires much more from the software than just viewing, which is what's asked for in this question.

    Voting to close - the poor quality of the answers here is a very good example of why we don't like this sort of question.

  • Jeff

    Jeff Correct answer

    10 years ago

    Personally, I really like FastStone Image Viewer (and other products). They are free and you can get them at

    I have used this product to view my RAW files quickly, and based on the ones I like, batch-process them into jpegs to send and/or upload for others.

    Here is their blurb on the image viewer:

    FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).

    Just downloaded and installed it, works excellent! and its free too! Thanks a lot, that should do it for me :D

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