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
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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...View full Review
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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I've been using the NX capture with my now old D700. Just upgraded to a D750 and realizing that the NX capture is not supporting this camera?? Any suggestion???
I am remiss in not writing this review a few years ago. First, about us. We shoot all the expected photographic opportunities but concentrate on Sports,both indoor and outdoor. We use several cameras ranging from point-and-shoot to DSLRs. i use two D700s with MB-D10 battery pack. We have five Capture NX 2 licenses hosted on XP and 64 bit Windows 7 desktops and a laptop.. and have been using the product for many years. We have processed many thousands of images with the product, obtaining extraordinary finished image quality. We have not experienced the problems identified in other reviews. Capture NX2 is designed for the photographer. Its work flow is well organized for post-capture image processing. It is well thought-out, logical and photographer-friendly.We have used all of the features listed in Nikon's Key Feature list. The tool box supports automatic as well as user-specified image correction.images are operated on in real time so image enhancement effects are immediately displayed. The base image data is not modified and every operation is completely reversible. This nondestructive feature saves a lot of reprocessing time. Multiple edits can be saved, recalled, and compared.An important feature for us is that enhancements can be made to parts of an image or to the entire image. For example, a door's color in a brick wall was distracting. Using U Point technology, a Color Control Point was placed on the door and from the color selection list, a new color was selected. The door's color and only its color was changed. We frequently use this technology to enhance the luminescence of a field hockey, Lacrosse, or basketball so its location in the image is apparent. We have also used this technology to transfer an exact color from one image to another image. Although there are tools that apply to both raw-format and JPEG images, a greater number of enhancements are available for raw image processing. So we shoot and process in camera raw and as a final step, batch process from raw to JPEG. Easy! NX2 supports image preparation for printing; you see in the print very close to what you saw on the screen.With NX2 the old film adage of shoot for the highlights applies. The D-Lighting tool allows shadow areas, and only shadow areas to be selectively lightened. The Auto-Retouch brush will remove electrical wires from an image. The pimple on the young woman's face that she believes is four inches in diameter is easily removed (although we have yet to apply it to an actual four inch pimple). However, there are situations where we have had difficulty in removing a distracting pile of T-shirts from an image; the tool,or us, are defeated. We generally turn to the crop tool to remove the distraction. We found the learning curve to be significantly shorter than with similar post-processing tools. The Nikon Manual covers what can be accomplished; the how and why are best learned from third-party books. We benefited from Mike Hagen's "Nikon Capture NX2 After the Shoot" and Ben Long's "Real World Nikon Capture NX2". We note that NX2 does not support Nikon's recent Camera offerings. We have not found U Point Technology on Capture NX-D, so it is not a suitable replacement for NX2.
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).
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...
NX2 v 2.4.5 crashes with Mac OSX 10.9.1. Will not load an image for editing.
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
A simple photo-oriented program. Crashes often, slow and Nikon support is inadequate. Too bad.
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.
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.
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.