Nikon Capture NX
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Full user review
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I really want to like this software. While not quite a Photoshop replacement, the image adjustment tools are comprehensive and the results superior to Adobe Camera RAW and Lightroom, especially when processing NEF native files. Nikon photographers can obtain better images compared with other tools. Color correction, local tone and exposure control can be quickly achieved. The masking tools are quite sophisticated, but easy to control. I'm guessing the Nikon engineers worked closely with NIK to assure close integration with Nikkor lenses and Nikon sensors allowing easy and effective correction of chromatic aberration, lens distortion and image sharpening -- results that would require a suite of third part plug-ins to achieve the same result using Photoshop.
But all this function comes at a terrible price: speed. I'm using a MacPro with 4GB memory and 2 x 2 MHz dual core Intel Xeon processors. Yet, most corrections require inordinate amount of time. I watch the status wheel spin and spin and spin for adjustments that ACR or LR accomplish in real time. Fortunately, CNX 2 offers batch processing which I can set up and leave working while I do something else.
Please Nikon, make this terrific software as fast as your competitors.