Why a different NEF for each new model?

Started Apr 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
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philm5d Contributing Member • Posts: 676
Why a different NEF for each new model?

Obviously talking about Nikon RAW  but the question could apply to other brands and their raw file format.

So why does each Nikon camera model apparently have its own NEF format which often leads to problems with software compatability (eg unable to open in adobe camera raw until the software has been updated).

What is so different about each camera type of raw file that makes them disimilar and why can't they all be the same or at least compatible?

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