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NRW - Nikon Digital SLR Camera Raw Image File

What is a NRW file

NRW files are produced by digital SLR cameras from Nikon like those of the COOLPIX series. The image data saved when taking a picture in the NRW format is uncompressed. It's a successor of the other Nikon Raw format NEF, yet contains information and features that support functions from Windows Imaging Component.

NRW files show many of the characteristics of RAW image formats. The files are considerably large and contain camera information as well as a high resolution that enable editing on a highly detailed level. However, the format isn't supported by as many programs as other, better known Raw image files. NRW files contain 12-bit RGB data and usually have a file size of 22 MB.

Here's a small, but not exhaustive list of programs that can open NRW documents:

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
  • Nikon ViewNX
  • Nikon Capture NX
  • Corel PaintShop Pro X8
  • Google Picasa
  • Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery
  • MacPhun ColorStrokes
Extension NRW
MIME type image/x-nikon-nrw
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