ORF format

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Olympus RAW Format (ORF)
Filename extension .orf
Developed by Olympus
Type of format raw image format

In digital photography, ORF file format is a Raw image format used in Olympus digital cameras. Like all other raw formats, this one contains image information rendered directly by a camera's sensor. ORF files feature so called headers that present image characteristics, such as saturation, color temperature, contrast, etc. Headers also contain metadata, which includes camera's technical characteristics.

Overview[edit]

ORF files can be thought of as a format of "digital negatives." Just like film negatives, they are not usually intended to be directly viewed. Instead, ORF files contain all necessary information to create (or "develop") a usable image, in a more common format, with processing software.

Because ORF images come out without undergoing any processing, they present almost real color and shade characteristics, and they are more open for extensive editing than JPEG or TIFF images. ORF files have to be copied to a PC's hard disk, and then one can resort to a very extensive array of adjustments. ORF format allows you to achieve maximum precision by setting one's own white balance and saturation values, which is not feasible in JPEG or TIFF.

This approach is used by experienced professional and devoted amateur photographers. ORF files contain 12, 14 or more bits per pixel, whereas JPEG images have only 8 bits per pixel and channel.

File name syntax[edit]

ORF files use the following syntax:

Digit Syntax
1st Colorspace "_" for Adobe or "P" for RGB.
2nd Month "1-9": Jan-Sep. "A-C": Oct-Dec.
3rd & 4th Day "01-31"
5th - 8th Running auto numbering

Example: PC071138.ORF This was taken RGB colorspace on December 7th with the number 1138 generated by the camera.

Has been confirmed on the models E-410, E-420 and E-5

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