PNG - Portable Graphics Format - is a type of raster image file widely used across the internet. They are widely compatible with plenty of software applications. Unlike JPG files, PNG files have lossless data compression, which means they can be reduced in size without losing data and overall image quality. They also have the ability to read transparent backgrounds, making them great for logos and other icons that tend to be displayed over pictures. You’ll find that most online applications support PNGs, and they are commonly used for digital photographs as well as graphics.
A BMP file, or bitmap, is a raster image file mainly designed by Microsoft for use on Windows systems. BMP files are widely supported by many applications across both Microsoft and Apple systems and are often used for digital photos. As they are raster files, they are based on pixels rather than formulas, so they cannot be scaled endlessly. But they are very high-quality image files, storing a lot of data, and can be compressed without losing that data or any color detail. This means the file sizes can end up being quite large.
When you compare PNG files, and BMP files side by side, one of the main differences is that PNG files support transparency. This makes them ideal for web graphics, while BMP files work really well for digital photos because of their high quality. However, if you have a PNG file that doesn’t use a transparent layer, you might find you would prefer to convert it to a BMP file. Converting PNG to BMP takes just a few seconds in file conversion software like WinZip, giving you flexibility over all of your file types.
WinZip is more than just a PNG to BMP converter. We built WinZip to convert multiple file formats, including the formats below.