Know your NEFs!

Rod Law­ton shows how Nikons can cre­ate more than one type of NEF

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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.

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