How to Open NEF Files

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A NEF file is a Nikon raw image file. NEF is an acronym for Nikon Electronic Format, and this file type may be referred to as a digital negative. A NEF file contains more information than standard image files, such as JPG or GIF. NEF files may be converted into other image file types by using a file conversion tool. However, Nikon provides a free tool for viewing and working with NEF files.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Download and install NEF Viewer from

  2. 2

    Right-click the NEF file you want to open to display the context menu.

  3. 3

    Click the "Open With" option.

  4. 4

    Click the "NEF Viewer" program link. The NEF file opens in the NEF Viewer program.

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