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While the data format for raw image files used by most camera manufacturers is proprietary, beginning in 2003 Adobe offered an open standard called DNG, which it made available to all camera makers as a so-called "digital negative" format. The intent was to simplify software support for raw images, as well as to protect the archival accessibility of original camera images in case the proprietary image format were to become orphaned if a camera manufacturer ceased supporting it.

Camera manufacturers offering models which permit raw capture using the DNG standard have included: