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

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  • Noise Reduction
  • Macintosh Operating System
  • Delivery Method: CD/DVD
  • Works with PC/Windows
  • Contrast: Color Range

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. Choose the reduced-price Upgrade Version (Product Number 25386) which requires a valid serial number from version 1.x of Capture NX. 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. Capture NX 2 features award-winning U Point technology for precision selection and application of enhancements without complicated selections or layer masks.

Designed to closely match the way photographers work with their images, Capture NX 2 is easy to learn and creates the highest quality results. 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.

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 Professional quality and more.The Nikon NX2 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a 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 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

  • 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
Upgrade Version of Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software
Compatible with
RAW (NEF), JPEG and TIFF Files
Color Booster
Color Balance
Windows Requirements
OS: Pre-installed versions of 32-bit Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate (Service Pack 1) editions or Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 2) editions
Processor: Pentium 4 or better
RAM (Memory) 768 MB minimum (1 GB or more recommended)
Hard-disk space: 200 MB required for installation
Monitor: Resolution 1,024 x 768 pixels or higher (1,280 x 1,024 pixels or higher recommended) with 16-bit color or more (32-bit color recommended)
Macintosh Requirements
OS Macintosh OS X (version 10.4.11, 10.5.2): Processor PowerPC G4, PowerPC G5, Intel Core Duo, Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Xeon, or better
RAM (Memory) 768 MB minimum (1 GB or more recommended)
Hard-disk space 200 MB required for installation
Monitor resolution 1,024 x 768 pixels or higher (1,280 x 1,024 pixels or higher recommended) with 64,000 colors or more (16.7 million colors or more recommended)
Other Requirements
CD-ROM drive required for installation
Internet connection required
Approved memory cards required to import/export Custom Picture Controls
Nikon warranty
Mfr #

Nikon NX2 Reviews

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(based on 101 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Gets the job done

A marked improvement over Capture NX. While not as robust, NX2 is at a price point much lower than Photoshop CS products which makes it an attractive tool for the amateur and prosumer photography market. Relatively easy to use, but for those not familiar with programs of this type, it is important that you have a user's manual for reference. For this reason, I would strongly recommend the CD ROM package over the internet download version, which lacks any written user documentation (with the e...

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A marked improvement over Capture NX. While not as robust, NX2 is at a price point much lower than Photoshop CS products which makes it an attractive tool for the amateur and prosumer photography market. Relatively easy to use, but for those not familiar with programs of this type, it is important that you have a user's manual for reference. For this reason, I would strongly recommend the CD ROM package over the internet download version, which lacks any written user documentation (with the exception of the programs's help application).


Most Liked Negative Review



I have thousands of dollars of NIKON equipment and liked the simplicity of its software, which was FREE with cameras in the past. But when I went to upgrade and ordered this, I was not informed that I had to have a PRODUCT KEY for the previous edition ONLY. So now I paid [$] for something I could get free (trial) on the internet and NIKON customer service will not help at all. I get the run around. NIKON is not what it used to be, product and service are poor.

Reviewed by 101 customers


Not supporting D750??


from Undisclosed

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???


Designed For Photographers


from Maryland

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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


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.


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