DNG is a universal format for storing and accessing images. Find out more about the history of the DNG file format, what you can use it for, and how different camera manufacturers have embraced the need for change.
What is a DNG file?
DNG means Digital Negative. It’s a type of raw file format used in digital photography, developed on the TIFF 6.0 format. With an abundance of different cameras and editing software on the market, file compatibility has proved a challenge for photographers when sharing and developing their work. The creation of DNG files gives photographers greater control over their images and allows digital camera manufacturers to work to a consistent, open standard.
A DNG file stores uncompressed image data on digital cameras from numerous manufacturers, allowing users to store, share, and edit their work without hitting compatibility barriers.
Pros and cons of DNG files.
So far, so good – but why should or shouldn’t you use DNG files in your day-to-day photography?
How to open a DNG file.
Like other raw files, you can open DNG images using some of the most common photo viewing applications.
From your desktop or hard drive.
Use your normal photo viewing software to call up DNG files on Windows or Mac, such as Microsoft Photos, Apple Photos, and Apple Previews.
- Right-click on the image on your desktop or file explorer window. (On Mac, that’s the Command button plus click.)
- Scroll down to Open With, then move right to see the list of programs that are set up to open DNG files.