Know your NEFs!
Rod Lawton shows how Nikons can create more than one type of NEF
Does your Nikon shoot 12-bit or 14-bit NEFs? What difference does it make?
All Nikon digital SLRs shoot RAW files, or ‘NEF’ files as Nikon calls them. On Nikon’s beginner-orientated D-SLRs a NEF is a NEF, and that’s it. On more advanced models you can choose whether your NEFs are compressed, and you can also pick the ‘bit depth’.
The higher the bit depth, the wider the range of tones captured, which can make a difference if you edit your images. Our table shows you which NEF options are available on current Nikon D-SLRs, and the effect this has on the file size.