What are the best apps to open NEF files?

Are you a photographer or a hobbyist who loved taking photos using your Nikon cameras? You may be wondering what apps you need to use to edit and manage your perfect captured moments. Worry not! This list features some of the best apps that can read Nikon Electronic Format or NEF files for you!

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      #1Photo Gallery & Album

      Photo Gallery & Album

      Photo Gallery & Album is a free photo management and browsing app available for Android devices. It supports major image formats with editing and sharing features. It is based on the Samsung Photo desk and licensed under the Apache License.

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      Free

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      #2File Viewer for Android

      File Viewer for Android

      File Viewer for Android is a free app that helps in viewing 100+ types of files such as camera raw photos, images, office documents, PDF files, ebook and many more. It also featured playing most popular audio and video formats.

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      Free- with in-app purchases

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      #3Raw Decoder

      Raw Decoder

      Raw Decoder is a free application for photographers and it is available for Android devices. With this app, you can manage, edit, and convert RAW formats from your smartphone. This app is being offered by TS Systems.

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      Android

      Free

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    DID YOU KNOW?

    Being a photographer isn't the easiest gig in the world. For those who have dabbled in the craft, you agree that it takes more than sheer passion to be successful in it, right? It requires talent, tenacity, and discipline to do well. And the process doesn't stop after peeping through the camera and capturing the image. Yes, there's a lot of editing that goes on after that. And you, Nikon users, know this better than a lot of photographers out there. But if it's your first time using a Nikon camera, editing your photos may need more work than usual because of NEF. So, what is a NEF file? An abbreviation of Nikon Electronic Format, NEF files are exclusive to Nikon cameras, and unlike other image formats, they're not easy to access on the computer. But don't worry, there's a work-around to this.

    Did you know that you can open NEF files through the Microsoft Codec Pack? Normally, this isn't necessary, since Windows computers come with the right codec that can display NEF files. But in case something goes haywire, the Microsoft Codec Pack can come in handy. Aside from NEF images, this software allows you to view DNG, CR2, CRW, PEF, and other RAW pictures. You can also use popular photo and graphics design applications if you still encounter a problem viewing the image using the Microsoft Codec Pack. Now if you are planning to convert NEF files to JPG, RAW, PXR, PNG or other formats, you can use free file converters. You might also find it more convenient to use NEF file viewers and editors and save the file in a different format.

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      #4RawDroid Pro

      RawDroid Pro

      RawDroid Pro is a paid version of RawDroid Demo. It is a file management tool used for raw imagery. It features a full-screen image viewer with auto-orientation, camera tethering, and histogram. This app also supports major camera models.

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      Android

      $4.99

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      #5Photo Mate R3

      Photo Mate R3

      Photo Mate R3 is a free app developed by TS Systems. It is an image organizer and raw files editor for Android devices. This app also offers viewing images in all common formats such as PNG, JPG, Nikon Raw NEF, and Canon Raw CR2 to name a few.

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      Android

      Free- with in-app purchases

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      #6RawDroid Demo

      RawDroid Demo

      RawDroid Demo is a free app used for managing images in Android devices and functions as a demonstration for users to test before buying the RawDroid Pro. It has watermarks and slower speed but can be improved with the paid version.

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      Free

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      #7Raw Vision

      Raw Vision

      Raw Vision is an app that assists photographers for their photo organizing and transferring needs. It supports different formats of major camera models like Nikon, Canon, Sony and the likes. It also has an image editor function and fullscreen view.

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      Android

      $3.49- with in-app purchases

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      #8PhotoRaw

      PhotoRaw

      PhotoRaw is an app that helps its users to view and edit RAW photos on mobile devices. It implements a full range of image adjustments and opens photos from Eye-Fi cards. This app is for iOS devices and has system requirements of iOS 8 above.

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      iOS

      $9.99

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    Summary

    Best What are the best apps to open NEF files
    RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
    1Photo Gallery & AlbumApps 18 Free
    2File Viewer for AndroidApps 14 Free
    3Raw DecoderApps 9 Free
    4RawDroid ProApps 4 Paid
    5Photo Mate R3Apps 2 Free
    6RawDroid DemoApps 2 Free
    7Raw VisionApps 2 Paid
    8PhotoRawApps 1 Paid
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