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About NEF format

Nikon Raw image file format

A NEF file is a raw image file created by Nikon and used in their cameras. It contains all the information captured, including EXIF data that has yet to be processed by the camera's software. These files are based on TIFF image format.

A NEF file is a Nikon Raw Image file. It is an abbreviation for Nikon Electronic Format, and is used solely on Nikon cameras. Like other RAW image files, NEF files retain everything captured by the camera before any processing is undergone, including the metadata like the camera and lens model.

The file size in RAW (RAF) is approximately 33.3 MB. My Nikon D4 which also has a 16 megapixel sensor has a RAW file (NEF) of about 20 MB.

Yes, Lightroom will be compatible with NEF files (and other RAW formats) in the future.

NEF is an acronym for Nikon Electronic Format. It maintains the exact photographed image with no loss of quality or resolution. Most users working with NEF likely edit and convert them, resulting in a different image file type at the end of the process. This is due to accessibility and editing restrictions of the NEF.

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