Nikon Capture NX2 Photo Editing Software, Full Version, for Macintosh & Windows


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About Nikon NX2

Capture NX 2 is a full-featured non-destructive photo editing program that provides photographers powerful tools to quickly and easily edit their photographs.

Color Control Points: Enhancements for hue, brightness and saturation are as simple as placing a Color Control Point on your image, then adjusting the length of the sliders. For example, Color Control Points are remarkably convenient for changing the color of flowers for better effect against green surrounding foliage. Take a dull gray sky and add blue to change the mood of a captured scene.

NEW! Selection Control Points: Now you can selectively edit photographs without the need to manually outline or mask the area for editing. Simply place a Selection Control Point anywhere on the photograph then choose from almost any adjustment such as D-Lighting, Unsharp Mask or Noise Reduction, while limiting the "reach" of that adjustment to just the selected area.

NEW! Auto-Retouch Brush: Capture NX 2 adds an automatic retouch tool to its image editing toolbox allowing users to seamlessly remove blemishes, dust and other distracting elements from photographs while maintaining the integrity of the image.

NEW! Shadow/Highlight Adjustment: With just a simple slider adjustment you can easily open up shadows or recover blown-out highlights. Highlight recovery is most effective for RAW (NEF) files however it will work with JPEG and TIFF files as well.

The Nikon NX2 is commonly used for Presentations, Professional quality and more.The Nikon NX2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Budget shopper, Quality oriented among others.The Nikon NX2 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon NX2: Accurate colors, Easy to collaborate across programs, Easy to customize, Easy to navigate and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Accurate colors (29),Easy to navigate (26),Versatile (19),Easy to collaborate across programs (13),Easy to customize (10),Easy to learn (3)
Freezes or crashes (8),Difficult to navigate (5),Not very powerful (4)
Best Uses:
Professional quality (26),Presentations (7)
Reviewer Profile:
Quality oriented (30),Budget shopper (6)

Nikon NX2 Features

  • Customized Workspaces
  • Improved Toolbar function and layout
  • Improved Edit List functionality
  • Newly designed image browser featuring a Favorites Folder
  • Improved Image Resolution adjustments
  • Color Control Points (improved operation)
  • Black/White/Neutral Control Points (improved layout)
  • Color management control with Soft Proofing
  • Color Aberration Control, D-Lighting (High Speed/High Quality), Image Dust Off, Vignette Control and Fisheye-to-Rectilinear Image Transformation
  • Noise Reduction: global or selective adjustments
  • Distortion Control - reduces pincushion and barrel distortion effects
  • Color Booster
  • Color Balance
  • Contrast/Brightness
  • Saturation/Warmth
  • Photo Enhance (for toning, sepia, black and white)
  • Levels/Curves Editor, LCH Editor, Auto Levels
  • Unsharp Mask, Gaussian Blur, High Pass Filter
  • Add Grain/Noise
  • Contrast: Color Range
  • Colorize
  • Black-and-White Conversion
  • Straighten and Crop Tools
  • Full support for Picture Control (camera and software-based function)
  • Capture NX 2 provides the highest quality RAW (NEF) conversions from your Nikon camera and fully integrates with all Nikon software including Camera Control Pro 2, Image Authentication Software, Transfer and ViewNX

Nikon NX2 Specifications

Product type
Full Version of Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software
Compatible with
RAW (NEF), JPEG and TIFF Files
Color Booster
Color Balance
Windows Requirements
For the below systems: 32 and 64-bit are supported. However, under 64-bit, the software operates as a 32-bit application:

Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
Windows Vista Home Basic SP 2, Home Premium SP 2, Business SP 2, Enterprise SP 2
Ultimate SP 2

Only the 32-bit versions of Win XP are supported for below:

Win XP Pro SP 3
Win XP Home SP 3
CPU (for all): 1GHz or better Intel Celeron / Pentium 4 / Core Series
Windows Requirements Cont.
Win XP: 768 MB minimum, 1GB or more recommended
Win Vista: 1 GB minimum, 1.5 GB or more recommended
Windows 7: 1GB minimum, 1.5 GB or more recommended

200MB free spce required for installation

Video Resolution:
1024 x 768 or greater (1280 x 1024 or greater recommended); 16-bit color or better (32-bit color recommended)

Internet connection required

Approved memory cards required to import/export Custom Picture Controls
Macintosh Requirements
Mac OS X 10.5 or previous versions

CPU: Power PC G4 / G5; Intel Core Series / Xeon or better

RAM: 768MB minimum, 1GB or more recommended

HDD: 200MB free space required for installation

Video Resolution: 1024x768 or greater (1280x1024 or greater recommended); 16-bit color or better (32-bit recommended)

CD-ROM drive for installation

Internet connection required

Approved memory cards required to import/export Custom Picture Controls

Nikon NX2 Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Very good - But.....

I've been using Capture and Capture NX2 since the early days. Capture handles 99% of my editing needs. View NX2 has developed into a capable program, but when I need a detailed edit of a photo for a gallery or for sale, Capture is my primary tool. It's quick and highly functional. This tool is best for editing a few images - not large volumes. You can apply batch controls, but the strength is with selective editing of a few images. The method of making all edits reversible and support for ver...

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I've been using Capture and Capture NX2 since the early days. Capture handles 99% of my editing needs. View NX2 has developed into a capable program, but when I need a detailed edit of a photo for a gallery or for sale, Capture is my primary tool. It's quick and highly functional. This tool is best for editing a few images - not large volumes. You can apply batch controls, but the strength is with selective editing of a few images. The method of making all edits reversible and support for versions makes this a very efficient tool with data and avoids multiple copies of files. For Nikon cameras, Capture and View are the most accurate tools to render NEF images based on camera settings. They use the actual camera settings - not an interpretation of those settings like Adobe programs. The Develop section provides the ability to change most camera settings during post processing. IT's a great way to correct white balance, tweak exposure, or test alternate camera settings including picture controls. The U point technology from Nik provides incredible selective editing capabilities. Virtually every editing step can be applied just to the areas you choose without worrying with masks or complicated editing. The disadvantages are limited. There is no real clone tool - just a healing brush. It's fine for dust spots or removing a power line, but won't easily remove a billboard or clump of branches. IT can be a bit buggy at times. I don't have this problem, but have seen it. New versions are better. And you only want to have one image at a time open. I'm using it on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 64 bit machines without issues. Ideally you want 8GB of RAM or more. The biggest risk is the relationship with Nik. Nik Software is the provider of U-point controls and many of the other enhancements. They make other top products and are a software company. Apparently there is a falling out between Nik and Nikon. Whether related or not, Capture NX3 has not been released and CNX2 is beginning to lag alternatives. If Nik is not involved in the next release or decreases involvement, I will probably grudgingly move to away from the product.


Most Liked Negative Review


Love some of the features, if it only worked on W7

I took the Nikon class and was impressed with the software features. Purchased my own copy, only to discover that it is not compatible with Windows 7. I believe Nikon should have had this application ported to Windows 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit by now. I had to install on an older WinXp Pro machine. Unfortunately, that machine is older and doesn't have the horsepower I need. So I am not using it as much as I would like to.

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Good product, but ...


from Davis, CA  -  Quality Oriented

This is a very good product from Nikon. However, the first shipping I got from Adorama was an opened software, which means this could be an used item. Although the Adorama customer service responded to my complaint very fast, it still took me about three weeks to process an replacement, which wasted me a lot of time (and no compensation from Adorama).


Good Works


from Lakeland, FL, USA

I liked how easy I can find any and all the information of how the picture was taken. For example; what camera body was used, or what lens was used and at focal length, etc...

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


NX2 needs updating to work with Mac OS X 10.9.1


from Undisclosed

NX2 v 2.4.5 crashes with Mac OSX 10.9.1. Will not load an image for editing.


y what I needed


from Gettysburg, Pa  -  Quality Oriented

I bought this soft ware to go with my 10.5mm 2.8 fisheye lens. It is easy to use, the manuals are easy to read. It comes with a shortcut booklet that is very handy. I bought it mainly to eliminate the curved lines created when using the fish eye lens, It does this as well as being able to edit. for what I do it's great. Haven't tried any of the other photo software out there yet so only gave it a 4


Works ok


from Redwood City, CA, USA

A simple photo-oriented program. Crashes often, slow and Nikon support is inadequate. Too bad.


Best results


from Undisclosed

Using it since 2009, with multiple Nikon cameras, I also use competitor products, the best image quality is always obtained by using NX2 and that is by a wide margin. Colors are better, sharpness is better, noise reduction is better. unless the exposure needs a lot of correction, the the competition might be able to recover shadows a bit better. control points, color LCH, color balance high pass, unsharp mask are a few things that I can do better in NX2. Some if this corrections require layers when using other competitor products. Some persistent bugs have lived in NX2 for a long time, but the competition also have a few. used together with color efex pro I have produced my best images using this software.


The right software


from Undisclosed

I would say this is the right software, this is the one. I've tried others but Capture NX2 is the one that brings better quality and the right options for photographs, photographs taken on Nikon cameras. There is no better choice. You may decide to use other software, there are really good ones, it is also a personal choice, but if you take NEF files, there are no one better than Capture NX2 working together with View NX2. Different from some others reviews I found it easy and intuitive, organized, obvious workflow, comfortable, just right. Those that like a lot a menus, distort pictures, redundant options, it is frustrating. But if you are a photographer it works just like you. Just remember that you will be working with BIG files and processing time depends on the machine you have, but Capture NX2 is faster than some others choices and equals to the tops ones, It is the best for NEF files. Give a month try, but put one thing in mind : this software is for photographers not for graphic artists.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Easy to use and powerfull program.


from upstate N.Y.  -  Quality Oriented

This program works well with my Nikon camera. The workflow is easy and intuitive and has many usefull tools like color points etc.. It does a great job converting my Nikon NEF files. I would highly recommend it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nikon Capture NX2


from Lubbock, Tx  -  Quality Oriented

This software allows you to do amazing corrections and improvements to your digital photographs. This software was recommend to me by a friend, who is a professional photographer, I sport his recommendation as a top notch buy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Poorly designed and unresponsive to the end-user


from Cathedral City, CA, USA

Save your money and find another product. After fighting with this product for over nine months, the technical support team at Nikon reported that they could not find any way to remedy two seemingly simple problems that are fundamental to any photoediting software. 1- The inability to have three critical functions (file selection, image selection and metadata information) affix to the Nikon work screen and/or moved on the desktop. By being fixed to the computer desktop and not software workspace, my ability to edit images is, at minimum greatly limited, and at times totally impossible. 2- The selected image hides behind the immovable critical function selection bar. .While manually moving the image within the workspace seems like a no-brainer, the extra steps become an annoying time consuming process when there are multiple images that require attention. 3- Functionnality present similar products are missing. Nikon NX 2 doesn't offer the same range of photo-editing functions present in comparable software programs (e.g., Adobe) offered at a similar price point. 4-Nikon's suggested solutions remain suspect. Nikon recommends using my existing license to complete the time consuming process of reinstalling the software--along with all associated updates. However, Nikon provides two licenses, period! Previous licensees report Nikon requires end-users to purchase another software license in situations where new computers are purchased or reinstalling the software after Capture NX 2 crashes the computer. While technical support assert that the licensing agreement can be modified, previous experiences with Nikon customer support and customer relations leave me dubious. Summary, This software is counter intuitive and contain disturbing design flaws. The glaring problems require time consuming and annoying work arounds that are easily remedied by effective software design. Other products at similar price points offer greater functionality. Lastly, it seems that the offered solution may prove costly, if Nikon is not willing to support end-users who must purchase additional licenses despite problems inherent in the Nikon software.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
DAVID L  I has used Capture NX very successfully with my D 80. Unfortunately, NX 2 is enormously crash-prone, and Nikon technical Support were of absolutely no help. I stopped trying to actually use this program.
Shopper  how can i get a vendor product datasheet?
RICHARD H  I never found a completely detailed feature list myself, the best you can do is available from these locations: Capture NX2 Web Site Nikon Support Nikon Digital Imaging Hotline Since they don't allow links or phone numbers to be posted here, you are on your own finding those.
Shopper  What version is this software?
FEIPENG Z  The version I received is ver 2.2. You need to visit Nikon USA to update it to the latest. Now I am using ver 2.4.2. I updated in two or three months ago. It is free update.
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