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TIFF fileTIFF (Tagged Image File Format) files don't lose image file information in the compression process but they do take up a more space on a memory card compared to a JPEG. A tiff file also takes longer time to write to the card.An image file in this format has a .tif extension, eg.  filename.tif.

Bike rider in the scrub by Gail BjorkTIFF 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 MB (megabytes). You can't get many images if the "starter" memory card that came with your digital camera only holds 16 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!

More and more digital camera manufactures are not including TIFF as a file option but instead include the JPEG file format only, or RAW and JPEG.

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

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