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.NEF File Extension

File TypeNikon Electronic Format RAW Image

DeveloperNikon
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CategoryCamera Raw Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

What is a NEF file?

An NEF fils is a raw photo captured by a Nikon digital camera. It is saved in an uncompressed format that stores data exactly as it was captured by the CCD. NEF files also contains image metadata, which includes the camera ID, lens that was used, and other settings.

More Information

The NEF format supports 12-bit or 14-bit data, depending on the camera used to capture the image. Any adjustments to image settings such as exposure, hue, tone, sharpening, and white balance can be made with software once the image is saved to a computer. These changes to the image are stored as instruction sets separate from the raw image data in the NEF file, which means that no matter how many edits are applied to the image you can revert back to the original.

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Programs that open NEF files
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Nikon ViewNX
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Corel PaintShop Pro X9
Corel AfterShot Pro 3
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8
ACD Systems Canvas X 16
ACD Systems ACDSee 19
Google Picasa
Microsoft Windows Photos
Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery
with Microsoft Camera Code Pack
Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery
with the NEF Codec
Mac
Nikon ViewNX
Apple Photos
Google Picasa
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Snap Converter
MacPhun ColorStrokes
Corel AfterShot Pro 3
Linux
Corel AfterShot Pro 3
iOS
Adobe Photoshop Express
Android
File Viewer for Android
Adobe Photoshop Express
Updated 9/8/2016

.NEF Extension Information

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