Panasonic RAW/RW2, also known as Leica RAW or RWL, is a raw image format used by some Panasonic and Leica digital cameras. It can also be known by a camera-specific name such as Lumix RAW or Panasonic LX3 RAW.
Different cameras produce different versions of it, and at some point the .raw file extension was changed to .rw2. The term Panasonic RAW might refer to just the .raw files, but more likely includes both .raw and .rw2.
The format is TIFF-like, but with a different file signature, and some different tag numbers.
The Leica version of it contains a MakerNote that begins with
"LEICA" 0x00 0x00 0x00.
Files begin with (hex) bytes
49 49 55 00.
- Refer to Cameras and Digital Image Sensors.
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Review → RAW Format
- Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium Review → Sample RAW Images
- RAW-Samples: Panasonic
- RAW-Samples: Leica
- http://digikam3rdparty.free.fr/TEST_IMAGES/RAW/HORIZONTAL/ (*.RAW, *.RW2)
- http://digikam3rdparty.free.fr/TEST_IMAGES/RAW/VERTICAL/ (*.RAW)