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TIFF digital camera file format

Written by Gail Bjork

A TIFF image is a high-resolution file format produced by some digital cameras. TIFF images doesn’t lose data during the compression process.

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.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.