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NikonCapture NX 2 Photo Editing Software
 
4.4

(based on 192 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate colors (149)
  • Easy to navigate (127)
  • Versatile (113)
  • Easy to collaborate across programs (69)
  • Easy to customize (64)

Cons

  • Freezes or crashes (11)
  • Difficult to navigate (9)
  • Not very powerful (8)

Best Uses

  • Professional quality (129)
  • Presentations (35)
  • Educational purposes (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (167), Budget shopper (17)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (148), Business (36)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (53), Mac (21)

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

 

Good Editing Software, but....

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...Read complete review

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

Nikon's NX2 Program

By treefree

from Mississippi

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Colors and Controls

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Portrait Photography

    Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

    I am an advanced amature & I bought Nikon's NX2 program to augment my recent D4s camera body purchase. As some background, I have used Nikon's Origional Capture program for ten years to process my D2x RAW photos, a program that I liked and have used to post process literally hundreds of thousands of photos.

    I chose NX2 on the recomendation of a photo discussion forum comment. I had looked at a version of Lightroom & wasn't taken with it's complexity, although it would probably do a good job.

    I also chose NX2 because I am trying to bridge work between two computers, one running XP Pro & the other running Windows 10. Lightroom would not run on the older XP operating system. This program runs fine on both operating systems, no crashes, no slowness or bogging down.

    My real issue with NX2 probably lies with the new D4s files rather than NX2. It runs on the XP operating system & will recognize the newer RAW files of the D4s, ....but in the origional version it will not recognize them in RAW form. I believe that to be so because it will not offer me a sliding "exposure tool" when processing. I have to lighten dark photos by using a "brightness & contrast" adjustment rather than using an "exposure" adjustment. I don't have that issue with RAW files from the older D2x camera body--with those files it then offers an exposure sliding adjustment. When running on the Windows 10 operating system computer, the upgraded version will recognize the D4s RAW files, as well as "Picture Control" settings ...in essence, it's my problem for trying to continue to run an outdated operating system--but the program will run on it (the newer updated version will not).

    ALL OF THAT being said, I do like NX2.... This software is fast and is absolutely beautiful. Much of my work is portraits & skin tones and the colors and manipulations can fine tune any photo into a masterpiece (small exageration).

    One of the features that I do not like is that I don't seem to be able to copy & paste adjustment settings from one photo to another. Each photo requires that I bring each tool up, adjust, and then bring the next tool up, etc. (It appears to be building "layers", much like photoshop does.) This has made for a slow work flow, but I have the feeling that I will figure out some shortcut with more use. Again, dealing with skin tones & facial features (I am an oil paint portrat artist), the adjustments are FAST and absolutely beautiful, even on an old computer.

    One of the nicer features that Nikon has included is a year's worth of free technical assistance. I am hoping that this will include free patches to deal with my current issues. At any rate, Nikon seems to want you to be able to use this program to solve your problems & that means alot to me.

    As one final note, ....again, I have processed proabably 100,000 D2x photos using Nikon Capture with various upgrades. The new NX2 program can fine tune RAW files to a masterful level & you don't have to be a genius to do it--just have a good eye & a well callibrated monitor. I had every intention of selling my old D2x with the purchase of the new camera body--now I find that the D2x files can be marvelously improved with Nikon's NX2 program.

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    • PC

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    1.0

    Capture NX 2 Not Updated to MAC OS X 10.10.3

    By Lopaka

    from Whidbey Island, WA

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

    Nikon Capture NX2 runs on MAC 10.5 or PREVIOUS. This disclaimer is located on the SPECS tab of the B&H product description. It is NOT located in the Capture NX2 User's Manual System Requirements & Installation. However, once the CD is opened for installation, the installation process is quick to say that it will not install!Nikon support says that this product will not be upgraded to OS X 10.10.3.I then tried to install Capture on a three year old mac running 10.7.1. It will not install. This time the error message said Power PC applications are not longer supported.B&H will not accept a return of this product.

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    4.0

    Very Powerful But A Little Clunky

    By Adam Baba

    from Bethlehem, PA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Colors and Controls

    Cons

    • Freezes or Crashes

    Best Uses

    • Presentations
    • Professional Quality

    Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

    I have a Nikon D3200 and am a beginner with DSLR, but have a lot of experience with photo editing and graphic design. I take a lot of product shots for web pages/catalogs and also do some hobby photography.

    The real benefit to Capture NX2 is if you specifically have a Nikon camera and are shooting in NEF format. The control you have over lighting elements is amazing. A lof of these features are in the free software View NX2, but Capture NX2 takes it to the next level by allowing you to use Control Points and selectively editing parts of your photos rather than only applying effects to the whole image. It's great for glare spots and touch ups.

    Overall pretty simple to use but I find the interface a bit dated and clunky. I really hope Nikon makes a new version soon as this one is pretty old.

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    5.0

    Great Product

    By derrycamper

    from derry nh

    Comments about Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software:

    Great tool for editing RAW images

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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

      Verified Buyer

      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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          • Business
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          • PC

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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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              • Personal
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              • PC

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              5.0

              Haven't used this yet

              By Aspiring Filmmaker

              from Norcross, GA

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              Verified Buyer

              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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              • Business
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              4.0

              Good Enough

              By GMJ

              from Pocatello, ID

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              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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                  • Personal
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                  • PC

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                  3.0

                  old version

                  By cantalesa

                  from Toronto Ontario

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  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

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                      Verified Buyer

                      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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                          • Personal
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                          • PC

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                          4.0

                          Great Editing Software!!!

                          By Deanna

                          from South Carolina

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                          Verified Buyer

                          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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                                    • Personal
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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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