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Information about ARW file format

Name ARW
Full name Sony Alpha Raw
File extension .arw
MIME type image/arw, image/x-sony-arw
Developed by Sony
Type of format Image File
Description The Sony Alpha RAW image format is used by Sony digital cameras to store images, and captures the raw, uncompressed data for images as captured by the camera's sensors. Sony entered the photo market with its first camera in 1981. It continued to develop various models (on average one new camera model each year) - including product lines such as the Cyber-shot, the 'О±' series and the HandyCam - progressively helping to improve the technology around cameras and photography in general.
Technical details ARW files, often referred to as Sony Alpha RAW files, are images digitally captured by Sony cameras and stored in a proprietary RAW uncompressed file. The ARW format is based on the TIFF specification and is a type of RAW (Raw image format) file, containing the metadata that accurately showcases the conditions the shot was captured under. ARW files contain raw, uncompressed image data as captured by the camera's sensors.
Associated programs Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Corel Draw, GIMP, Google Picasa, XnView
Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_image_format#ARW