Digital File Formats


  • non-proprietary file formats that can be used by a wide range of hardware and software and software vendors
  • publicly documented and readily available specifications for file formats

Library of Congress:

Still Image


Moving Image



DNG – The public, archival format for digital camera raw data. “By addressing the lack of an open standard for the raw files created by individual camera models, DNG helps ensure that photographers will be able to access their files in the future.”


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