Nikon Capture NX Software, Photo Editing Software for Macintosh & Windows.

Nikon

About Nikon

• Capture NX, featuring Nik Software, Inc.'s patented U Point technology. This new product, evolving from previously released Nikon Capture 4 software, gives digital photographers more powerful tools complimented by simple and visual operation for exploring NEF, JPEG and TIFF files potential for optimizing images.
• Advancing the world-acclaimed Nikon Capture concept, Capture NX releases not only the latest powers of Nikon's Electronic Format (NEF) files; for the first time, it makes image processing of JPEG and TIFF files created by other cameras elegant and easy enough for any photographer to implement. A user-friendly interface makes image editing more visually intuitive and provides access to all necessary enhancement tools. Nikon's legendary expertise in creating innovative digital cameras and images has expanded the potential for high quality digital photography which will soon be complimented by Capture NX with its technology to maximize the potential for each compatible image. With performance, versatility and convenience it is the perfect match to any Nikon digital camera, as well as for any other camera brand that produces JPEG and TIFF files.
New U Point technology
U Point technology is revolutionary in how it uses Control Points to help realize results envisioned in the editing process. Using NEF files for optimal performance, Control Points allow photographers to select and isolate an entire image or selected areas within the image for enhancement, without the complications required by other photo editing software. Enhancements can be instantly cancelled or added with ease, without compromising the original quality of the image, and U Point control is perfectly compatible with each NEF file's Instruction Set.
With Color Control Points, a photographer can adjust any of up to nine different sliders for each respective area selected. In the default setting, four sliders are available to adjust size, brightness, contrast and hue, respectively. Additional settings are available by accessing each Control Point's Settings box.
Other Control Points include Black and White points, both of which are convenient for setting dynamic range, Neutral Control Point to correct color casts in images even without a gray tone, and Red-Eye Reduction Control Point.

Sophisticated Edit List
The Edit List is the master control list of Capture NX features and enhancements. Anything that affects an image will have an Edit List entry. Every entry can be removed, altered, or duplicated from this list. Entry and removal of Control Point changes can be accomplished during the initial operation prior to saving the file. For NEF files, the Control Point changes can be changed both before and after saving, JPEG and TIFF changes can only be made prior to saving the file. If additional changes are desired for JPEG and TIFF files, additional Control Points can be used.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (7),Versatile (6),Reliable (4),Durable (3)
Best Uses:
Home (6),Business (4),Office (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Quality oriented (5)

Nikon Features

  • Advanced functions of the Capture NX Browser include labeling, sorting and editing
  • Most Capture NX features are accessible via the Browser, for making quick adjustments directly through each image thumbnail, or even on multiple images simultaneously. Images selected among thumbnails can be opened from the Browser into the Editor.
  • Batch processing automatically applies enhancements to a series of images, and is especially useful for applying a predefined series of adjustments to several images at once.
  • Capture NX supports various batch processing methods.
  • In response to growing demand among Nikon Capture 4 software users, Capture NX includes valuable new features: choice of positive or negative application of selective tools for enhancements including Brush, Lasso and Marquee (four kinds), Gradient and Fill/Remove.
  • The Color Management performance has been reinforced, for advanced control of how colors from an image correspond to colors that a printer can produce. Options for this feature include Perceptual, Saturation, Relative Colorimetric and Absolute Colorimetric.
  • Capture NX inherits advanced functions including Color Aberration Control, D-Lighting, Image Dust Off, Vignette Control and Fisheye-to-Rectilinear Image Transformation.
  • Improved noise reduction features the latest, most advanced Nikon algorithms. New Distortion Control has beenadded to reduce pincushion and barrel distortioneffects.
  • As part of Nikon's Total Imaging System comprising cameras, lenses, Speedlights,film scanners, accessories and related software, Capture NX extends limitless possibilities in the world of Nikon photography.

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.1

(based on 12 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

More than meets the eye

A new system that requires a diferent way of thinking that the traditional photo editing software but the effort is really worth it. Very fast and right on. Once you 'get it', it seems so logical.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Slow and with issues

This a nice software but slow and require a modern hi speed PC with lots of memory , some time it crashes, I would not reccoment the current version BUT I read that Nikon are going to make vast changes and go with a new upgrade - I assume Nikon listened and repaired the issues so if the new one works fine I will reccoend it .

Reviewed by 12 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Artistic freedom

By

from Reksteren, Norway  -  Quality Oriented

I have been working as a "fine artist" for almost 40 years, specialising in oil painting, and have done some print and web design on the side. As a young man I used to be what you would call an amateur photographer (black and white, darkroom fun!) but had to call it off due to family responsibilities. Recently (for my 60th birthday) my children gave me a Nikon D60 (sic!) as a present, and I started dabbling with photographing again. I have for years been using Photoshop on and off for my design work, and started out by working via Bridge, Photoshop, Camera Raw and plug-ins (Pixelgenius PhotKit mainly). And I had a look at alternatives, Iphoto obviously as it is free, and Aperture. Then I discovered Nikon FX. I can't say much about speed, stability, features, workflow, and things that obviously are of interest to professional users - i have only been using a demo for about a week (and by the way - it is stable and works fine). But I can tell you this: I have NEVER seen a program that gives me anything like this kind of freedom when it comes to handling photographs as if they were paintings- the "control point" idea should be awarded a Nobel prize for digital photography. In a painting I can change everything (more or less) as I work on it. In a photograph the original image is always there. But with Nikon FX I can manipulate the colors, the tones, the focus, the sharpness, the "balance" of the picture, and in a VERY intuitive way, and in a way that I cannot do in any other image editing program that I know of. I do not claim to know all available programs, and I leave it to others to give advice on technical issues, professional features etc., but if you are someone with a (more or less) fine arts background, I believe you will find a kind of artistic freedom in Nikon FX that no other image editing program (at present) will give you. (OK - as far as I know:-) But the trial is free for 60 days, so you can check for yourself.)

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great product

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from Kentucky  -  Quality Oriented

I use NX with my Nikon D80. I find that it is fairly easy to learn. I've yet to figure out the "Batch" processing. I've never had this crash, and it runs as fast as I could want. I guess it all depends if you have a computer that's made for working with photos. I have a 2 gig ram and a 2 gig cpu. I was just working on wedding photos and have no complaint. After doing all that I could do with this program, I save the pics to the hard drive and then go to Photoshop elements for red eye and other touchup work. The only problem is the cost. For what this program does compared to Photoshop, Nikon needs to drop the price to about half of what they are selling it for. NX does better at handling raw files, but Photoshop is much better at most anything else. Overall, I don't think you can find a better program for raw files.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better Deal Than Nikon

By

from Gaylord, MI  -  Value Oriented

I bought my D300 Nikon and it came with a 30 day trial NX software of the Capture DX software I liked. Before I ordered it I shopped around and got a better price than through Nikon via Amazon and Adorama.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very slow and unreliable NEF converter

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from Houston, TX  -  Quality Oriented

All Nikon softwares have a tendency to crash. "Nikon View" and "Capture 4.4.2" were somewhat close to perfection but Nikon stopped devaloping these softwares and got involved into creating new trash Capture NX. This is one of the slowest and most unreliable software I have ever used. Even 1.3 built is far below expectations. Nikon just added one more trash "View NX" to its new trash series of softwares. This whole NX series is good for ametures not at all for professionals. The support team can not do any thing about the problems and development team does not care about listening to users or they only listen to their pet users. I tried a lot to communicate with Nikon but ended into giving up. Nikon should let some other software development team fix or recreate these softwares.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best RAW processor for Nikon

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from Brussels, Belgium  -  Quality Oriented

Having bought Capture NX v1.0 [$] from a Brussels camera shop in January 2007, I was astounded by the quality of colour rendition and degree of detail that Capture NX could extract from the NEF files generated by my D200. Image quality exceeded other RAW processors I had tried (Adobe Raw v3.3 and later, Capture One v3.5 and later). And image quality was head-and-shoulders above that of the JPEGs I had taken simultaneously with the RAW files. But it was glacially slow on my 1GB RAM PC. Some months later, with an upgrade to 1.5GB RAM and update of Capture NX to v1.2, I found processing speed much improved and it has again become my RAW processor of choice.Of course, it's more than a RAW processor and its unique U-point technology makes it a rival for Photoshop as a manipulation program for TIFFs and JPEGs (from camera makers other than Nikon too). Personally, I find the U-point technology quirky to use and stick to Photoshop CS2/Elements 6.0 although I appreciate other reviewers here have different opinions.In summary, the best software available to process Nikon NEF files. And, if you like it, a rival to Photoshop too.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Program but a few Annoyances

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from Wash DC  -  Quality Oriented

Great program for Nikon Raw users in terms of producing high quality images, but it does have a few quirks with regards to workflow and slower than desired batch processing. I really like this program but use it on critical work vs. processing high volume (wedding) work

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Capture a MUST for NEF workflow

By

from Suffolk, VA

(I own the 1.1 version) Truly the best product on the market for Nikon's proprietary NEF format RAW file. Exceptional color and exposure control, simple yet vast control with U-point technology, and an fairly intuitive interface. Easily the best results with NEFs, hands down - if it had a clone function, I wouldn't need Photoshop. It is a bit slow even with a ton of RAM, it crashes occasionally, and needs serious improvement over the file browser functions.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Slow and with issues

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from Isral

This a nice software but slow and require a modern hi speed PC with lots of memory , some time it crashes, I would not reccoment the current version BUT I read that Nikon are going to make vast changes and go with a new upgrade - I assume Nikon listened and repaired the issues so if the new one works fine I will reccoend it .

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nikon NX has some unique features

By

from Mill Valley, CA

Easy to use learning curve with some unique features for dodging and burning in digital photos.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Capture NX - Windows

By

from Lafayette, Louisiana

Control points - individual control points enable this program to save many a photograph when you only have the time to "point & shoot" with whatever the camera settings are. I use it and Bibble Pro with Noise Ninja to edit to produce and print my photos.

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