The File Extensions Database


.NEF File Extension

  • Developer by: Nikon
  • Category: Camera Raw Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .NEF file?

.NEF is Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image

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.

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.

Programs that open Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Nikon ViewNX
Nikon ViewNX2
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Corel PaintShop Pro 2019
Corel AfterShot Pro 3
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2018
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
ACD Systems ACDSee 2018
Google Picasa
Microsoft Windows Photos
Microsoft Windows Live Photo Gallery
Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery
Mac
Nikon ViewNX
Nikon ViewNX2
Apple Photos
Google Picasa
Adobe Photoshop CC 2019
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019
Snap Converter
MacPhun ColorStrokes
Corel AfterShot Pro 3
Linux
Corel AfterShot Pro 3
iOS
Adobe Photoshop Express
Google Snapseed
Android
File Viewer for Android
Adobe Photoshop Express
Google Snapseed

How to solve problems with NEF files

  • Associate the NEF file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any NEF file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.NEF files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the NEF file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .NEF is Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image. Because only the current version supports the latest NEF file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Nikon manufacturer website after an available .NEF is Nikon Electronic Format RAW Image update.
  • To make sure that your NEF file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.