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Why You Would Need to Convert a NEF File

Edited by Pat Bitton

October 17, 2019

When it comes to taking photographs, we always want to keep the most memorable moments of our lives in the best possible quality images. That’s why many people buy professional cameras that promise great results. But, as it turns out, the best quality images are achieved with these cameras by keeping photos in a RAW image format, which can result in numerous problems. “RAW” implies that such images retain as much unprocessed visual information from the camera’s sensor as possible. It is great from the professional perspective, but for the everyday user, it means having much larger files and consequent problems with opening, editing, and printing such images. RAW is the generic name for the unprocessed image format; it may be named differently, depending on the camera manufacturer.

NEF stands for Nikon Electronic Format, which is the RAW image format used by Nikon, one of the most popular camera manufacturers. These files cannot be easily viewed on a computer and require the use of professional software, which is often expensive and hard to work with.

Here are some of the issues you may be familiar with.

Your device can’t open a file

It might be that your device isn’t compatible with the NEF file type. We recommend you convert the file to a more widely used format.

You can’t share photos on social networks

NEF files might not be suitable for sharing on social networks – most don’t support this format. The easiest way around this is to convert the file to another format.

The files are too large

RAW images are usually large because they store all the information from the camera. Converting the files to another format will help make more room on your computer.

The easiest way out of this situation is to convert the NEF files to a more universal image format, like JPEG (JPG). The flexibility of this format will enable you to easily view the photographs on almost any device and at the same time save space on your hard drive. In this guide, we explain how to convert NEF to JPG and compare the two formats.

How to Convert NEF to JPG Using Movavi’s Converter

For a safe and effective NEF-to-JPG conversion, you will need a competent converting tool – Movavi Video Converter will easily handle this task! Despite its name, the program is capable of working with audio and image formats as well as video. Easily convert your photographs between all popular image formats, including TIFF, GIF, PNG, and others. Convert your entire NEF library in the shortest time possible with the batch conversion feature. To learn how to do this, download Movavi Video Converter for Windows or Mac and follow the guide below.

Download and Install NEF-to-JPG Converter

Download Movavi Video Converter, open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program.

Add Your Files

Click the Add Media button, then Add Images, and choose the NEF images you need to convert. You can add multiple pictures and convert them all at once with the help of the batch conversion function.

Set the Output Image Format

To convert NEF images to JPGs, open the Images tab, choose JPG, and select the only preset available.

Start the NEF-to-JPG Conversion

Click the Folder icon to specify the folder where you want to save your JPG files. Click Convert to begin the process. After the conversion is complete, the folder containing your files will open automatically.

Now you can see how easy it is to convert NEF images to JPG. Movavi Video Converter is a quick way to convert any multimedia files on PC or Mac. Download it now and see what it can do for you!

 

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NEF vs. JPEG – Comparison Table

Let’s take a closer look at these two formats. When should you use them? If you are a photographer and want to edit photos professionally, store the files in NEF – the quality of your work will be way better. But if you need to upload your photos to the web or transfer them to your phone, the JPEG format will be just fine. Learn more details in the JPG vs. NEF comparison below!

Comparison parameterNEFJPG
File extension.nef.jpg
Type of formatRaw imageLossy image
CompressionLossless or lossyLossy
File sizeUsually largeDepends on compression rate, but generally smaller than NEF
Supported devices and operating systemsmacOS and Windows; not supported on mobile devicesAlmost all devices and operating systems