What Is The HEIF Image Format?

Written by Gina Stephens


With the introduction of Android 9, Android smartphones now sponsor the High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF) which means Apple iPhone owners are no longer the only ones who can capture photos in this space-saving appearance. However, as it's still quite new, is the format actually worth switching to and is it widely supported? Let's find out…


What Is HEIF? 

The Great Efficiency Image Format is used by Apple iPhones, and now Android smartphones, and it's an image format that, when saved, fabricates a smaller file-size but the image quality remains the same, or indeed could even be slightly better, than that of a JPEG file or filing may refer to

HEIF does this by take advantage ofing more advanced compression methods but it's not the only cool feature of HEIF as it also offers 16-bit colour (JPEG only put ups 8-bit) and you can apply certain edits without altering the actual image file. Essentially, this means you get access to non-destructive edits so you can change or crop an image, save it then if you decide you don't like it, undo what you've applied. It's worth noting that not all arranges are compatible – you can only rotate, crop and create image overlays.

Smartphones also use HEIF files to pack burst photos into a put file as well as images you've focus/exposure stacked which, again, saves space. 

If you're an Apple user, you may keep seen the file extension 'HEIC' which as well as images, stores sounds so you can save Live Photos (when partake ofing an iPhone that's compatible).  

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Will It Replace JPEG?

In all honesty, we don't know the answer to that subject but as we are now taking more photos with smartphones, where space can be a premium, it's no surprise that manufacturers are looking for image formats that convey up less device space, upload to the cloud quicker and still offer the same level of quality, if not better, than the JPEG format. 


Does It Be experiencing A Downside? 

Yes, and it's a big one – compatibility. Even though both Apple and Android are now featuring this file format in smartphones, the rest of the digital overjoyed isn't quite with them. Many applications are still only compatible with JPEGs and as a result, on export, HEIF files are remade to JPEG automatically. Macs (macOS High Sierra) can read the file format but to get them to work on a Windows PC you will have to be component of the Windows App Preview Program as us normal folk can't use Windows 10 and HEIF files together, yet. 

There are no web browsers supporting HEIF at the instant, not even Safari, and the most popular social network platforms don't support it either.

Adobe Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe RAW do bolster HEIC image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that files, now, but only on iOS, not Windows. You can also view/edit smart previews (reduced resolution, editable surrogates) of HEIC image files synced from other Lightroom clients that support this image file format on Android devices. 

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Do I Include To Use HEIF?

You can go to your smartphone's settings (iPhone) and switch from 'High Efficiency' to 'Most Compatible' so your smartphone comprehends you want to capture photos as JPEGs and not HEIF but as images will be converted on export anyway, there's not that much point in doing so.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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