DNG: The solution to proprietary RAW files

Almost every new camera seems to bring a new, proprietary file format that nothing else can work with at first. It's quite likely that, 25 years from now, software capable of reading today's proprietary formats will be difficult or impossible to find- in which case your gigabytes of old photos would be unreadable. Is there a solution to this problem?

TL;DR: When shooting RAW, convert the camera raw files to DNG format, and save the DNGs instead of the original raw files.


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