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NikonCapture NX 2 Photo Editing Software
 
4.4

(based on 188 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (111)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate colors (147)
  • Easy to navigate (127)
  • Versatile (113)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (69)
  • Easy to customize (64)

Cons

  • Freezes or crashes (10)
  • Difficult to navigate (9)
  • Not very powerful (8)

Best Uses

  • Professional quality (128)
  • Presentations (34)
  • Educational purposes (18)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (146), Business (35)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (51), Mac (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (164), Budget shopper (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Using Capture NX 2 with Photoshop

If you use a Nikon camera and Photoshop, you are faced with the dilemma of whether to invest in Capture NX 2 or Lightroom. I recently upgraded to Capture NX 2 and Adobe CS...Read complete review

If you use a Nikon camera and Photoshop, you are faced with the dilemma of whether to invest in Capture NX 2 or Lightroom. I recently upgraded to Capture NX 2 and Adobe CS 5, but had previously used Capture NX and earlier versions of Photoshop. I debated whether to switch to Lightroom as part of the upgrade, but decided to stay with Capture NX 2.

There were two things that carried a lot of weight in the decision. First, I read a review on a website comparing Capture NX 2 and Lightroom. The author noted that Nik Software and Nikon partnered on the development of Capture NX 2. As a result, Capture NX 2 did a better job than Lightroom converting RAW files generated from a Nikon camera into JPEGs. The review had some images that demonstrated the point. The images were different enough that it convinced me. Secondly, Nik Software makes some great stuff. I also own Nik's Complete Collection and its U-point functionality saves a tremendous amount of time in creating masks within Photoshop. That same U-point technology is in Capture NX 2 and it makes touch-ups on lighting, saturation or other attributes very easy.

Now that I have been working with Capture NX 2 and Adobe CS 5 for a while, I realize that the big drawback of Capture NX 2 is the lack of integration with the Adobe suite. I cannot cleanly open a RAW file using Capture NX 2 from within Photoshop and/or Adobe Bridge. As a result, I will sometimes resort to opening both Capture NX 2 and CS 5 which uses through a lot of memory and slows down the work flow. I modified my work flow so that I create the JPEGs prior to launching Photoshop and then make adjustments within Photoshop. As a result, I alternate between View NX and Adobe Bridge to navigate my images and directories. It is a reasonable work around.

My recommendation is if you shoot using a Nikon camera in RAW format and care about image quality, then definitely get Capture NX 2 and don't worry about the limited integration with Photoshop. Other camera users will like the U-point functionality within Capture NX 2, but if you use Photoshop extensively as part of your workflow, you might want to consider Lightroom.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor tech support

Software was pretty much as advertised at nikon school. Is very functional. I found more intuitive vs photo shop.
I did have an install issue. Tech support line was NOT open...Read complete review

Software was pretty much as advertised at nikon school. Is very functional. I found more intuitive vs photo shop.
I did have an install issue. Tech support line was NOT open 24/7 as advertised at Nikonusa.com, tech support people had no other option than reinstall the software, and basically were rude.

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3.0

Not the greatest Photo editing software

By Randy

from Annapolis, MD. USA

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Pros

  • Accurate Colors and Controls
  • Easy To Navigate
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Very Powerful

Best Uses

    Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

    I was expecting more from the program, such as HDR cabability. It does an ok job but then PS has the same and more. i feel this way as the camera that I use (D300s) has the settings for HDR and this would have been a good program by Nikon to do this with.Just my $ worth.

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    5.0

    Capture NX 2

    By mlp120

    from Peoria, Az

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    Pros

    • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
    • Easy To Navigate
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

        Works great. Really like the U-Point technology.

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        4.0

        Simple to use, yet powerful

        By Teri

        from Lakewood, Washington

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        Pros

        • Accurate Colors and Controls
        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
        • Easy To Navigate

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

            Still learning how to use the software. The on-line tutorial by Ben Long has been very helpful. So far, this is what I have discovered:
            -Non destructive editing
            -easy to adjust exposure, colors
            -works well for dust spots
            -Quick fix and red eye reduction works great
            -Limited shadow recovery
            -There is no clone tool, just a healing brush

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            5.0

            Haven't used this yet

            By Aspiring Filmmaker

            from Norcross, GA

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                  Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                  Just installed this the other day and haven't used it yet but I'm sure it will work well when I do.

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                  4.0

                  Good Enough

                  By GMJ

                  from Pocatello, ID

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                        Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                        Before buying this I tried both the Lightroom trial and the trial version of NX2. While I like Lightroom's ability to handle RAW files from multiple manufacturers I found NX2 to be an easier, faster program to use. My conclusion was that I liked using NX2 more than Lightroom for my Nikon NEF RAW files...so I went with NX2. I'm just an amateur photographer...but I still like good software and NX2 is easy to use and it has shown me it can do anything that I'll ever require. Download the free trial software and check it out. I think you'll like it.

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                        5.0

                        I love it.

                        By mathaster

                        from Thailand

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                        Pros

                        • Accurate Colors and Controls
                        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                        • Easy To Customize
                        • Easy To Navigate
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                            easy to use, powerful. i waiting to use this program long time ago.

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                            3.0

                            old version

                            By cantalesa

                            from Toronto Ontario

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                            Pros

                            • Accurate Colors and Controls
                            • Easy To Navigate

                            Cons

                            • Freezes or Crashes

                            Best Uses

                            • Educational Purposes

                            Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                            just purchased this and got version 2.2; well I got nothing but tech issues with this, would not save in NEF, then saved as jpeg and got tiny files, the crop gave really weird results, kept freezing/crashing and many more
                            I looked around and found out the version mailed to me is old, and no new upgrades found on install
                            It is now 2.4.7, uninstalled 2.2, got the free trial and now works much better
                            maybe they should just mail you a key and you go direct to download to get the latest with bugs fixed instead of a CD

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                            5.0

                            Need DVD drive to install

                            By bob

                            from US citizen in Afghanistan right now

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                            Pros

                            • Intuitive Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                Easy to use and does what I want.
                                Requires a DVD drive to install. Three of my laptops don't have DVD drives because I need small for all the traveling that I do. I just copied the DVD to a USB drive and installed on the laptops that I use with the key code and no problem at all. So I like it - 5 stars.
                                Not so with adobe products - nothing but a big pain and sometime impossible so I quit using there stuff.

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                                3.0

                                Good Editing Software, but....

                                By The McKenzie Kid

                                from Eugene OR

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                                Pros

                                • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                • Easy To Navigate
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                    Capture Nx2 is for me an intuitive program to use. It is closely related to how Nikon cameras store information, so it gives me some insights into settings on my camera. Corrections and adjustments can be made locally to an area of an image or globally. The controls are similar to those used in NIK software now owned by Google. A person used to be able to expand the capabilities of Capture NX2 by adding the plugins from NIK software, but Nikon has had a falling out with NIK and that option is no longer available. This makes me question the future of this software. It appears to have been developed is cooperation with NIK as the controls used by Nikon and NIK are similar. The loss of these plug in capabilities does not bode well for the future. Capture NX2 is a capable editor with intuitive controls, but I cannot give it a higher rating since the ability of software to evolve is critical given the fast pace of technical innovations. If I could be assured that the software would evolve maintaining a familiar user interface while expanding capabilities I would rate it higher and be able to recommend it, but as things stand I am unable to do so.

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                                    4.0

                                    Great Editing Software!!!

                                    By Deanna

                                    from South Carolina

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                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                    • Easy To Navigate

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Professional Quality

                                      Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                      I mainly wanted an editing software to which I could view/work on Raw Images, I was totally amazed at how much you can do with this program!!!I pretty much was able to work on images right off as there is not a high learning curve to it, However, I did order the paper back book on it so that I could learn it even better! I do have other programs that help a lot with working on images and I'm quite happy with them, But, I must say, This program is my TOP ONE now along with the others ,Because this program can do things that the others cannot and I wouldn't want to be without it!!The only reason why I have given it 4 stars is because I have not had it long enough to go through ' All' the features, But, I definitely feel I would be giving it a 5 star rating once I have seen all it can do, But for now, I'm very pleased and amazed with the results I get!

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                                      4.0

                                      PowerfulEditing Tool, Easy to use

                                      By BobSgt

                                      from NJ

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Navigate

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Professional Quality

                                        Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                        I just started serious editing of RAW photos. I tried Aperture but found it not as intuitive as expected and did not like the very prescribed library management. I tried Lightroom and was not comfortable with that and was not ready for the expense or learning curve of PhotoShop (maybe someday).As a Nikon shooter I had heard about Capture NX2 and gave it a try; downloaded the 90 day trial from Nikon and found that it was pretty easy to use, especially after a great on-line tutorial by Ben Long. If you are a Nikon shooter, all of the in camera capabilities such as D-lighting and Picture control, plus a very powerful set of tools using control point technology. After deciding to commit to this, I ordered the CD from B&H and on arrival entered the key for the license in the trial version and never missed a beat.Easy to use, great results and you can manage your photos as you want, not as dictated by Aperture.

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                                        5.0

                                        Good software to work on raw files

                                        By PTL

                                        from Georgia

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                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                        • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                        • Easy To Customize
                                        • Easy To Navigate

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Presentations

                                          Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                          I use to open raw files in my Nikon D300s. Every thing work perfect, the color come out accuratly

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                                          4.0

                                          Very useful editing tool for Nikon users

                                          By dhutchphoto

                                          from Sarasota, FL

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                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                          • Easy To Navigate

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Professional Quality

                                            Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                            Works well with Nikon Transfer and View programs, but much better for editing and adjustments of RAW (NEF) images. Good for exporting jpgs, but doesn't export Photoshop format. A photo edited with Capture NX 2 cannot be opened or edited with View NX. Easy to use touch-up tools.

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                                            5.0

                                            very good

                                            By Cris

                                            from Colorado Springs, CO

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                                            Pros

                                            • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                            • Easy To Navigate
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Professional Quality

                                              Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                              It works as expected for NEF files. Very easy to use.

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                                              4.0

                                              Impressive editing tool for Nikon D5200

                                              By Kookaburra

                                              from Melbourne, Australia

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                                              Pros

                                              • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                              • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                              • Easy To Customize
                                              • Easy To Navigate

                                              Cons

                                              • Needs Workflow Guides

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Enhancing photos
                                              • Professional Quality

                                              Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                              Still learning the full capability of this software, but very impressed with the ease in which you can make a photo change from a snapshot to a work of art!!
                                              The manual is very functional in detailing each feature but lacks tutorials and workflow examples. Not a really big issue as there are plenty of tutorials on U Tube and similar web sites.
                                              Works beautifully with RAW files and allows you to access camera settings to tweak the image.
                                              This has given me a whole new interest in photography.
                                              Highly recommended.

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                                              4.0

                                              Great Product but takes time to learn.

                                              By Major Dad

                                              from Rio Vista, California

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                                              Pros

                                              • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                              • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs

                                              Cons

                                              • Difficult To Navigate

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Professional Quality

                                              Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                              Having just started using the product I find it very useful to the extent of my limited knowledge of the product. Does a great job of fixing pictures with a lot of haze.

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                                              5.0

                                              The best for Nikonians.

                                              By Lone Ranger

                                              from Northern California

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                                              Pros

                                              • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                              • Easy To Customize
                                              • Easy To Navigate
                                              • Easy to use
                                              • Professional Grade
                                              • Very intuitive

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Professional Adjustments

                                                Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                                Capture NX 2 is the best product for adjusting your pictures after-the-shoot, if you have a Nikon DSLR. It's much easier to use than the Adobe products. The proprietary firmware/software used in Nikon cameras is only replicated precisely by Nikon. I use Capture NX 2 exclusively for adjusting my pictures after-the-shoot, even though I have the Adobe products.

                                                The version that B&H sells is currently 2.2, but it is upgradeable to 2.3.4, which is currently (09/2013) the most recent version. The best way to go is to download and install the latest trial version from Nikon's website, then buy this package at B&H and when you receive it, you can simply enter the license code on the back of the CD into your trial version, and you're done. You can, alternatively, install your CD version and then upgrade it twice to get to 2.3.4, but it's more work.

                                                The current version is native 64-bit (if you have a 64 bit system). I'm running it on Win7 64 and it performs very well.

                                                There are some minor improvements that I would like to see Nikon make on the interface, but there's no software out there that is perfect right out of the box. Nikon does upgrade this product often and quickly adds new cameras.

                                                Nikon has some nice tutorials for Capture NX 2 on their website. You'll really see how easy it is to use and how fast you can adjust your pictures.

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                                                4.0

                                                Great software, poor access to it

                                                By island mike

                                                from quathiaski cove, bc

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                                                Pros

                                                • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                                • Easy To Customize
                                                • Easy To Navigate
                                                • Versatile

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Presentations
                                                  • Professional Quality

                                                  Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                                  Have been using Capture NX and now NX2 for years and love its versatility and ease of use. Strange that I could not just purchase the product key online and had to instead order the cd, which I could not even load onto my Macbook Pro. I had to reinstall the trial version of the software and then enter the product key that came on the back of the cd case. Bizarre way to run a business Nikon.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Capture NX 2 for Infrared Photography

                                                  By Chris

                                                  from Brick, New Jersey

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Accurate Colors and Controls
                                                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                                                  • Easy To Navigate
                                                  • Versatile

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                                      I primarly use Capture NX2 to process RAW files taken with a Nikon infrared-converted camera so that I can set the proper white balance before converting the RAW file to black and white image in Adobe Photoshop.

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                                                      4.0

                                                      Capture NX2 is intuitive

                                                      By Paul

                                                      from San Jose,Ca

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                                                      • Easy To Navigate

                                                      Cons

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                                                          Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

                                                          I am casual photo editor and find this program easily meets all of my needs and I did not need a weekend or semester course to use it.

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