CRW is a highly specialized graphic file format developed by the manufacturer of the famous Canon cameras. It is designed to record “raw” images captured by different models of a digital camera Canon. In its characteristics, it is very similar to another proprietary format of this developer - CR2. The main advantage of the CWR format is the preservation of the quality of the digital image as it comes from the camera matrix. The format also contains metadata, namely: conditions for photographing and fixing the image, default image processing settings, camera model.
MEF is Mamiya's own RAW format. A high-quality Japanese brand is well known to those who take professional photographs. His story began in the 1940s. It was then that camera designer Seiichi Mamiya and investor Tsunejiro Sugawara created Mamiya. Mamiya ZD cameras are the first mid-format digital cameras. The expanded name of the MEF format is Mamiya RAW Image. He gained fame as a format of "digital negatives". Mamiya has developed this format in order to use it in cameras of its own production. At the same time, the main goal was to store the photos in an uncompressed form, so that later they would be processed without losing quality. The format is built on the principle of a RAW file. It contains a complete set of information that is received from the camera lens. RAW images are uncompressed files. They can be customized using image editing software. They are often preferred by professional photographers, because they are tasked with having high-quality images with many details. An MEF file is capable of storing an image as if it had been made into a CCD camera device. In most cases, it is stored on a memory card, and then transferred to a computer in order to edit and publish.