Nikon Capture NX 2 Review

July 10, 2008 | Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG | 15 Comments |

Nikon Capture NX2Capture NX 2 is the latest version of Nikon’s popular image-editing software. Capture NX2 now offers Selection Control Point, allowing you to apply enhancements such as Unsharp Mask and D-Lighting to a specific area. A new Auto Retouch Brush, which clears away specks caused by dust on the sensor. Highlight and Shadow Protection is similar to the Fill Light and Recovery adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw. Nikon Capture NX 2 is compatible with both Windows Vista and XP and Macintosh OS X and costs £129.99 / $179 / €199. Jon Canfield discovers if Capture NX 2 is worthwhile for both Nikon and non-Nikon users alike.

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#1 BJN

I can't imagine recommending NX to anyone other than a Nikon raw image shooter. You can get Nik's Control Point capability as a Photoshop plugin if you're really enamored of that feature. For workaday raw image editing, NX has a poor interface for accessing fundamental controls for color, tone, exposure and the like. The applicatin puts Control Points front and center to the detriment of efficient access to much more common adjustments.

An application that's designed primarily for Nikon NEF files isn't a tool any non-Nikon shooter should consider at the price when there are faster, less buggy, more efficient applications like Lightroom and competing applications that honor essentially all raw format files from all camera brands and models.

The lack of even DNG support shows that Nikon's not interested in anything but its own user base.

8:51 pm - Thursday, July 10, 2008

#2 Wedding Photographer Nice

Agree with BJN's comment. For all other users there is the combination of the camera's native raw developer or lightroom or DXO and Nik's Color efex...

1:01 pm - Friday, July 11, 2008

#3 Chris Morton

I think a review ought to test over a wider range of images before being so decisive.

The selection may be great for strong bright objects, but it seems pretty useless for landscapes and seascapes, and if one is going to resort to the brush, why not start there anyway, it is good in 1.3.

As a mac user, I find the interface a total disgrace; yellow edge OK buttons that often won't & grey on grey sliders, yuk. Won't risk my eyesight.

Am just going over several dozen pics edited in NX2 as a trial run and getting consistently better results in 1.3. To alarge extent because the tool settings in 1.3 are in a nice large square box you can place where required

8:48 pm - Friday, July 11, 2008

#4 Rick Maresch

I agree, a very nice and useful peace of software.
Like many others, I was using Photoshop; but NX2 is better, easier and .... cheaper ;-)

9:44 am - Saturday, July 12, 2008

#5 Fotografo Matrimonio

I will try capture Nx 2. I think that is better than ACR for mine Nikon D3

2:32 pm - Sunday, July 13, 2008

#6 Jon Canfield

Interesting comments from everyone, and it shows that one program isn't the solution for every situation.
I'm certainly not suggesting that everyone should use Capture NX, but I wanted to call out that it has useful features even for non Nikon shooters. Can you use Photoshop and Viveza for selections? Absolutely and it works beautifully, albeit at a much higher price point. Am I personally going to switch from Photoshop and Viveza to Capture NX? No, but then again I don't shoot with Nikon for the most part.
Knocking Nikon for only supporting their own raw format isn't a valid complaint, although I do wish, as I noted, that DNG support was included. On the image types used for review, I did use a number of different images for my testing. In a review of this size, I'm limited to displaying a few images that I felt showed the features being covered.

4:51 pm - Monday, July 14, 2008

#7 Roy Tan

What about perspective and lens distortions controls in NX2. These were not mentioned.

Thank you for the very interesting articles, etc.

Regards,

Roy

4:44 am - Friday, July 25, 2008

#8 Chris Morton

I have neve doubted the quality of Capture NX, both for .nef and my earlier "difficult" pics from Canon 350D & Pana FZ7. Although for non-nef you have to go through tif, you can then save as .nef to keep edit steps 'live' & with much smaller files than psd. So it is a prog for everyone, not just Nikonians.

There was a lot on Nikon Q&A;suggesting NX & OS10.5 were not quite ready for each other, but I now see that it is precisely this combination and the core 2 duo chip that makes NX2 jump.

NX2 mask took a lot of getting my mind round, but am converted, likewise the retouch brush used a Nikon sugest, not as though it was a trad one

Lens distortion correction was in 1.3, I think perspective correction/unskew is still on the wish list? GraphicConverter now reads nef unadulterated and has 1st class unskew.

9:41 am - Friday, July 25, 2008

#9 Elizabeth

Well, how is Nikon Capture at tracking the photos as I move them around my hard drive? I find that Picture Project is not able to do this at all, and keeping the shooting data attached to the photo is a nightmare.

6:40 pm - Sunday, July 27, 2008

#10 Chris Morton

have you tried using Nikon Transfer and Nikon View NX instead - free downloads?

No problem with .nef s being moved around the computer, I never use the the set folders and no trouble even after moving to a totally different computer (MacBook pro)

There is no doubt that NX2 is written for Intel core duo machines although it will run, or at least stroll, on older ones

7:04 pm - Sunday, July 27, 2008

#11 David

Can't support TIF with alpha channel. So bad...... Many viewer can do this. Nikon is still not Por.

8:48 am - Sunday, November 9, 2008

#12 watin

I love U-Piont it's easy to use.

4:30 am - Thursday, May 28, 2009

#13 chris morton

I am now not only a complete convert, but also have put an introductory tutorial and a few case studies on my web gallery
http://www.pbase.com/crisscross/NX2
please have a look if you can't "get into it" and comment there

8:24 am - Thursday, May 28, 2009

#14 Mike T

I was able to get Nikon Capture NX2 really cheap at cameta.com for $119.95

11:21 pm - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

#15 Diana S

Does anyone know if there is a way to add visible copyright text to an image in NX2?

Thank you

8:12 am - Sunday, September 6, 2009