Convert NEF to JPG – How to Convert NEF Files to JPG without Losing Quality

When you take photos with Nikon digital camera in RAW format, you should find all photos are in NEF files, which is not suitable for sharing to social media website or further editing. How to convert NEF to JPG with ease? The NEF is a RAW image format produced by Nikon cameras that preserve the best quality and detailed information for editing later. In order to view, edit and share the NEF files, you can learn more about 3 efficient methods to turn NEF files into JPG from the article.


Part 1: What is NEF File?

NEF, standing for Nikon Electronic Format, which is a file format for Nikon RAW image files. Similar to the other RAW image files, NEF files can store everything captured by your camera sensor. With the metadata, you can adjust the contrast, color, saturation, white balance and more.

Moreover, it supports 12-bit or 14-bit data, which is depended on the camera used to capture the image. Changes to the image are stored as instruction sets separate from the raw image data in the NEF file. This means that no matter how many edits are applied to the image you can revert back to the original.

NEF Files

Part 2. 3 Efficient Methods to Convert NEF to JPG

Method 1: How to View and Convert NEF to JPG on Mac

Do you need to convert NEF to JPG to view the RAW format on Mac? Is there a method to convert the photo files in batch? How to convert the NEF of Nikon digital camera with the original quality? WidsMob Viewer Pro is the desired NEF to JPG converter that enables you to view, edit and manage the RAW files with ease. Moreover, you can also convert, rename and resize the photos with a batch process.

1. Open, view and manage your NEF files, JPEG and even videos with ease.

2. Convert RAW NEF to JPG format without losing quality in a batch process.

3. Adjust the contrast, color, saturation, white balance and more others easily.

4. Select the desired files, delete them, move to another folder and more.

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How to Convert NEF to JPG with Ease

Step 1: Add NEF File into the RAW Viewer

Once you have installed the program, you can launch the NEF viewer and converter on your MacBook. Click the “File” on the top menu bar and choose the “Open” to trigger the open-file dialog. After that, you can click any of the NEF file to import the photos from a SD card.

Step 2: View NEF with Detailed Information

View NEF in thumbnail mode. Locate the NEF folder from the “Library” on the left side and name the album. Then you can drag-n-drop the desired NEF files to the desktop. You can tweak the slider at the bottom to control the size of the thumbnails.

Load NEF Image

Browse NEF in full screen mode. Before converting NEF to JPG, you may want to view the details. Go to the “View” menu and select the “Enter Full Screen” option. Moreover, you can also manage the photos, such as deleting, applying filters and sharing to social media sites.

Full Screen Manage RAW

Play the NEF files with slideshow mode: If it is not convenient to view NEF files manually, you can go to the “View” menu and choose the “Slideshow” option. Then the NEF images will play one by one automatically for all images within the folder.

Slideshow Mode NEF File

View the parameters via EXIF mode: To see the metadata of NEF images, you can click the “View” option and check “Show Info” to learn more details about the shooting, such as the camera model, exposure time, metering mode and more other parameters.

EXIF Information NEF

Step 3: Batch convert NEF to JPG format

Go to the “Edit” menu and choose the “Batch Convert” option from the drop down list from “Batch” option. On the popup dialog, expand the Format drop-down list and choose JPEG or relative option. Adjust the Quality by moving the slider to convert NEF to JPG with ease.

Batch Convert NEF

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Method 2: How to Convert NEF to JPG Online

NEF converter online apps are convenient method to convert NEF to JPG online. It is free to use with some limits, such as file size. Zamzar is another NEF to JPG converter that allows you to process no more than 5 NEF files up to 150MB per conversion.

Step 1: Open your web browser, paste into the address bar, and hit the “Enter” button.

Step 2: Click the “Add Files” button to upload the NEF files from your hard drive. Make sure that the format option shows jpg. If not, select the RAW photos manually.

Step 3: Hit the “Convert Now” button to start converting NEF to JPG online for free. If it is not convenient to download the images after converting, check Email when done and leave your email address.

Zamzar NEF to JPG

Method 3: How to Convert NEF Format with XnConvert

XnConvert is free NEF to JPG converter for personal use. When it comes to business use, you should purchase a license. Moreover, you can use the mobile app on iPhone and Android phone too. It is compatible with more than 500 formats including NEF.

Step 1: Install the free NEF to JPG converter and start it. Go to the “Input” tab from the top and click the “Add files” button to import NEF files. To convert all NEF files in a folder, click the “Add folder” button instead.

Step 2: Go to the “Output” tab and unfold the drop-down list under Format and choose JPG. Then set other options based on your need, such as destination folder. Make sure to check Preserve Metadata under Options. That can help you keep all information of NEF files.

Step 3: Click on the “Convert” button at the bottom right corner to initiate converting NEF to JPG. It may take a while to convert the RAW photos into JPEG files.



The article shares 3 methods to convert NEF to JPG on Mac and Windows easily. The online converter is a convenient way to convert the photos without installation. XnConvert is a good option when you have limited budget. But if you require a versatile video converter available to NEF, WidsMob Viewer Pro is the best choice, which help you view, manage and batch convert your NEF image files without losing quality.

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