CR2 is a graphic file format developed by the manufacturer of camcorders and cameras Canon. This means that all images made by the equipment of this manufacturer are saved by default in CR2 format (short name from Canon Raw Image File). One of the most attractive properties of images of the specified format is their high quality, even if the file is being edited (color balance, contrast, brightness change). Data for the CR2 format image is obtained directly from the matrix. Among the main drawbacks of the format are the large file size, as well as poor compatibility with other software products.
J2K is a raster image category file format. It is a compressed bitmap using wave compression instead of DCT compression, which is used by standard .JPEG images. The format supports 16-bit color, alpha transparency and lossless compression. The file type is JPEG 2000 Image. The J2K file format was developed by the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG). J2K is an update to the JPEG format that includes original features. Say alpha channel support and lossless compression. J2K is a segment of a large package of updated JPEG extensions. They gained fame as JPEG2000. Such as J2C, JPX, JPM or JP2. The lion's share of such formats are combined with the main programs so that you can view images. However, JPEG is particularly popular. For those who specialize in photography, it is important that they have the opportunity to reduce the file size, while saving it on disk with the same frame size and at the same high visual quality. How to get out of this situation? You can, for example, store images in JPEG2000 format with the file extension jp2 or j2k. The compression algorithm and the format itself have been known for over 10 years. Nevertheless, there is no need to talk about its widespread use. That's because his "big brother" JPEG is firmly holding on to its position.