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NEF File

This page contains information on the NEF file extension (Nikon Electronic Format), a popular image file format

File extension.nef
CategoryImage File
DescriptionNEF otherwise known as the Nikon Electronic Format is Nikon's RAW file format. RAW file formats contain minimally processed data from the image sensor of the digital camera - the metadata includes information about the lens, the settings, the camera’s identification and other data. RAW files are named so because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed or edited with a bitmap graphics editor. RAW image formats are intended to capture as closely as possible the characteristics of the scene to include light intensity and colours.
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Technical DetailsThe structure of RAW files, including the ISO standard RAW image format ISO 12234-2 follows a common pattern - a short header, camera sensor metadata, image metadata such as exposure settings, camera and lens model, date and sometimes the location. A thumbnail, a smaller JPEG file for quick viewing and the sensor image data. NEF is based on the TIFF format.
Associated programs Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Paint Shop Pro
Developed by Nikon Inc.
MIME type  image/nef
Useful links Commercial Photography Technique - The Benefits of Shooting in RAW
Understanding Digital Raw Capture
Convert NEF file

Convert NEF file

Using Zamzar it is possible to convert NEF files to a variety of other formats:

nef to bmp (Windows bitmap)
nef to gif (Compuserve graphics interchange)
nef to jpg (JPEG compliant image)
nef to pcx (Paintbrush Bitmap Image)
nef to pdf (Portable Document Format)
nef to png (Portable Network Graphic)
nef to tga (Truevision Targa Graphic)
nef to tiff (Tagged image file format)
nef to wbmp (Wireless Bitmap File Format)
nef to webp (Lossily compressed image file)

Convert NEF file