TIFF digital camera file format

Thumbnail view of TIFF file

TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) is a high-resolution file format produced by some digital cameras. TIFF files don’t lose image file information when they are saved during the compression process. They do, however, take up a more space on a memory card compared to a JPEG.

A tiff file also takes longer time to write to a memory card.

TIFF compression reduces images to about one-third their original size. For example, a single TIFF image file shot at 5 MP (megapixels) is over 14 megabytes. By comparison, the same photo taken as a Fine Quality JPEG is just over two megabytes. At Normal JPEG setting, a 5 MP shot produces only a 95 KB (kilobyte) file!

Like JPEG files, EXIF information is embedded in original TIFF files.

An image file in this format has a .tif extension, eg. filename.tif.

Note: Newer digital cameras may not offer the TIFF format, but instead have the RAW file format in addition of JPEGs.  If your camera has neither the TIFF or RAW file format, set the camera to its highest resolution and JPEG quality for best image quality.

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