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.NEF File Extension

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File TypeNikon Electronic Format RAW Image

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CategoryCamera Raw Files


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


Raw photo captured by a Nikon digital camera; saved in an uncompressed format that stores data exactly as it was captured by the CCD; adjustments to settings such as exposure and white balance can be made with software once the image is saved to a computer.

Programs that open NEF files
File Viewer Plus
Nikon ViewNX
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Corel PaintShop Pro X8
Corel AfterShot Pro 3
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7
ACD Systems Canvas 15
ACD Systems ACDSee 18
Google Picasa
Microsoft Windows Photos
Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery
with Microsoft Camera Code Pack
Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery
with the NEF Codec
Nikon ViewNX
Apple Photos
Google Picasa
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 14
Snap Converter
MacPhun ColorStrokes
Corel AfterShot Pro 3
Corel AfterShot Pro 3
Adobe Photoshop Express
File Viewer for Android
Adobe Photoshop Express
Updated 5/19/2016