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Not sure I see a question as printed but I will assume you'd like some info on NEF versus JPG files. Simply put, if you're shooting simple pictures and just want to download, email, etc. then JPG will be fine. NEF produces an electronic equivalent negative meant to simulate a film negative. This gives you latitude to touch up the negative before printing and provides the most adjustment range and options. Many programs cannot use the NEF format so it will mean deciding how you want to save the pictures. Of course, they take up more file space as NEF - 10-12 MB instead of 6MB or so for big JPG files. I shoot all my pictures in NEF then convert them to JPG for normal use and printing. I burn the NEF to a CD or DVD for archive and future needs. All that takes up more space of course.

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Convert NEF format to JPEG


You can use the Nikon View program that should have been included with the camera. or you download the current versions of Nikon ViewNX or Nikon Capture available free at Nikon Imaging Products Software

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My Nion3100 is saving pictures into "NEF" format instead of "JPEG. Don't know how it got switched or how to switch t back. Can I re-format the pic on my SD card so I can work with them on the computer


Open the "Shooting Menu" by pressing the Menu button. Press the right Multi-selector and then scroll up or down to "Image Quality". Press the right Multi-selector and you will see the various choices for JPEG and NEF combinations and quality, make your selection by scrolling up or down and pressing "OK".
As for converting you NEF photos to JPEG; you can easily do that in one of several ways on your computer. If you are using Lightroom or Photoshop, all you have to do is open your pictures, select "Save As" and use the pull-down menu to select JPEG and save. If you do not have that program, there are several conversion programs available on the Web; manu for free. I use a program called BatchConverter on my Mac. There are similar programs of PCs.

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How do I stop the camera from having a double of every picture taken?


On my D-90, the camera is set by default to store two images of each picture I shoot...raw(NEF) and JPEG Fine.

The raw image contains far more data than the JPEG image and is therefore the best to use when you want to do extensive detailed editing.

The JPEG image is used when you only want to do minor editing before publishing or sharing the picture.

JPEG images deteriorate quickly when subjected to editing while RAW or NEF images can handle many more editing steps before losing quality.

If you're shooting snapshots, you probably don't really care about extensive editing and you can save a lot of space on your memory card by changing your menu settings to store only one image of each shot.


To do that, go to the wrench icon in the menu then scroll to image quality. Click on "image Quality" and you will find multiple lines to set the camera to your preference. Choose the one you want.

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How do i avoid NEF


Set the image quality to one of the JPEG options. See the "Image Quality and Size" section of the manual (page 29 in my copy).

Sep 10, 2013 | Nikon D40x Digital Camera

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How to work on nef files and convert into jpeg files


There are several ways to open NEF files.

With the appropriate codec, Windows can open NEF files for viewing:
http://support.nikontech.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/13869

Recent versions of Adobe Camera RAW can open NEF files and allow you to work with them in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements (this is not free software):
http://www.adobe.com

The free Nikon ViewNX2 can open NEF files and convert them to JPEG. Nikon CaptureNX2 allows you to work with the NEF files directly, though this is also not free software:
http://support.nikontech.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/61

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Went to a camera class a couple of months ago to learn how to use my Nikon D3000. We made a lot of setting changes. Now when I download photos, I get 2 copies -- a jpeg and an nef file. Do I really need...


In some ways the NEF file is the equivalent of a negative, while the JPG file is the equivalent of a print from a negative. However, since digital copies are exact, you don't need the NEF file if you're not going to do anything fancy with the photos. I know people are going to argue with that --- heck, I'm one of them, I shoot only NEFs.

Press the info button to display the information display, then press the i button to put the cursor in the information display. Use the multiselector to highlight the current image quality setting (the topmost item on the right side of the display) and press OK. Select JPG fine and press OK.

For full details, see the "Image Quality and Size" section in the manual (page 50 in my copy).

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I cannot print pictures taken in nef format. Can


Hi dear, most printers can only use jpeg or bmp format .Use Irfanview to convert raw file to either one.

Jan 17, 2010 | Nikon Coolpix 5700 Digital Camera

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Nikon D50. Viewing and Downloading Pictures. First Time.


you have change the image quality to "NEF-(RAW) + JPEG basic"
on your camera so it will not be recognized by some programs so change this go to menu on your camera then shooting menu and go down to image quality and change it to something like "JPEG normal" but your other images will be bad quality if you try and blow them up because they are designed for E-Mail and other things

Dec 22, 2008 | Nikon D50 Digital Camera

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Trouble capturin NEF + basic - in writes two jpegs on the card! no nef...


alexroska, Shooting tethered to a PC for instant viewing/downloading?  I'll have to try that, it's not the card, probably just a glitch from being tied to the PC - and yes you can reset and start from scratch again from the menu settings.  try that first before the firmware which is a last resort. randy320sgi

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