File extension .PEF
|Pentax Digital Camera Raw Image Format||Pentax||Camera Raw Files|
The PEF file extension stands for Pentax Electronic File. It is used by camera models of the Pentax brand, being part of the Pentax Digital Camera System. PEF is the default RAW image format used by many Pentax digital cameras, such as the K10D, K20D, K100D or K110D. It stores uncompressed image data as it comes directly from the camera's image sensor, without any of the alterations inherent in a compressed digital photo format.
Features and Benefits
Just like other RAW formats, Pentax Electronic File contains more image information which can be used to adjust colors, white balance or luminosity after the photo has been taken. Editing a PEF file is more complex than a JPEG or TIFF file due to its higher level of complexity, however this detailed information allows for detailed post-processing of photographs. This advantage serves to improve picture quality and allows for more original effects to be added later on.
Similar file extensions include .DNG, .CRW, .CR2, .NEF, .ARW, .ORF, etc. It is important to note that PEF files cannot be opened using regular graphic software unless they are first converted into other well-known file formats such as JPEG or TIFF.
Programs for WINDOWS system
After installing the required software, the operating system will usually automatically associate an unknown file type (in this case .PEF) with the new application. If this does not happen, we can help the system a bit by selecting the software for it, which it should always use to open files with the .PEF extension.
When choosing the software we can select the system to use this software every time.
Using it for the first time it is good to check whether the .PEF file opened in the application can be read by us and opens in a way that allows us to use it. If everything is in order, select this option the next time you open a file with the .PEF extension. However, if the file has not opened correctly, we have to look for a different software, with which we can open files with the .PEF extension. Select a different software from our list and install it on your computer. After the software is installed, repeat inspection openings of a .PEF file. Sometimes you have to repeat the operation several times.
If none of the programs listed by us to work with the .PEF file has not meet your expectations, you can try searching other websites. But remember to avoid downloading programs "that can open any file". These applications not only have very limited functionality, but may also expose you to expense tens of dollars when purchasing a license.
In the vast majority of cases you will find the program dedicated to support the .PEF file, or any other file format. In addition, there is a chance that it will be a free program, and its functionality (concerning the .PEF file) will be extended to the maximum.
It is also good to check
- if the .PEF file has no errors
- or if it has been copied (or downloaded by the browser) thoroughly
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