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Nikon Capture NX2 (PC/Mac)

by Nikon
Windows XP / Vista, Mac OS X
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
Price: £139.95 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Unik U-pointTM

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  • Platform:    Windows XP / Vista, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 20.7 x 5.4 cm ; 998 g
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  • ASIN: B001BLF8N6
  • Release Date: 15 Sept. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Note:Please ensure that the customer's operating system meets the minimum system requirements: Macintosh OS X, Macintosh OS X versions 10.5.8, 10.6.8, and10.7.3., Memory (RAM), 512MB minimum (2 GB or more recommended).

Manufacturer's Description

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 from the Full Version (Product Number 25385) or the reduced-price Upgrade Version (Product Number 25386) which requires a valid serial number from version 1.x of Capture NX.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon Capture NX 2 Photo Editor 21 May 2009
By Ray
For anyone using a Nikon camera this software is a really useful adjunct. It is built to handle the Nikon NEF file format but will also work on any jpg file, so people with other makes of camera can use it too. Editing is fast, completely non-destructive and in most cases much easier to accomplish than with, say, Photoshop. I also own Photoshop Elements 7 but rarely use it for run-of-the-mill editing, since Capture NX 2 is so much easier and quicker. Where Photoshop scores is when you need to 'transplant' a portion of one shot into another -- there is no way of doing this in NX 2, but all other edits -- curves, level, altering of saturation, colour correction, sharpening, etc. can be done (and often much more easily) in NX 2.
The really big feature of NX 2 is its U-point technology, enabling you to make enhancements to hue, saturation and brightness to local areas in the photo without having to spend a lot of time making complicated selections (with polygonal lasso etc.) as you would have to do in Photoshop to achieve the same end. For instance, if you have a shadowed face in your photo that you would like to brighten (giving a 'fill-in flash' effect) this is extremely quick and easy to do in NX2 -- simply add a 'Colour Control Point' to the face and you can control the brightness, saturation and hue with that whilst not affecting any other area of the shot. Colour Control Points can be used in a similar way to make skies bluer, leaves greener, etc. etc. -- all without having to make any manual 'selections' as you would have to in Photoshop.
Try it and it will soon become your number one photo editing program!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for Nikon DSLR users 6 Jan. 2010
Want a bluer sky? No problem! A few tweaks and you are there. No complicated masking! Just select your central spot, adjust the size of the area you want to manipulate, move a couple of sliders and you are there. Removing dust spots etc are even easier.

I've lost count of the number of people who feel they "need" the full blown Photoshop because they want the "best" - only to feel overwhelmed by the amount of options and intricacies. Even with little knowledge of this type of software you can be getting results in minutes with Capture NX 2.

I like the photo organising better that the camera provided Picture Project too (in particular the thumbnail views)

If you like a bit of hand holding then I can highly recommend the book "Nikon Capture NX 2 After the Shoot"

It is quite expensive and can imagine that many will feel it is a lot of money to shell out. However, the results speak for themselves and Nikon offer a 60 day trial download on their Capture NX website so you can be sure it really does suit your needs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best 28 Sept. 2010
CaptureNX2 is a bit illogical when you first use it and I put this down to it being Japanese (no offense but they don't think like the Brits!). When you get the hang of it, it is simply the most stunning and powerful software for image manipulation and it makes others pale into insignificance. It works for JPG files but is best with NEF (Nikon RAW). You can manipulate all the camera controls on the image for a start and correct lens faults too but for me the real power comes from the tools (the illogical and badly explained part). Simply put, you process the photo in steps. Each step is separate. For each step, you select part or all of the image (using lasso or any other selection method) and then apply ANY of the effects to the area selected (D-lighting, sharpening, contrast etc etc etc). You do as many steps as you want. The results are simply stunning. Buy it, there is no better. It is for the development part of photography although you can use it for Photoshop-style tricks too. If you really beleive you don't need to retouch and 'develop' photos, stick to MS Picture Manager..
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lots of unresolved issues 9 Sept. 2010
Suggest trying this software before buying as there are lots of well documented problems with it crashing.
Problem seems to be with comuters equipped with Core i7 processors. Nikon know but have yet to come up with even a timetable for a fix.
You can download a 60 day free trial. Mine worked to start with but then consistently crashed.
When it does work, it works great. But disappointed Nikon haven't solved problems.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
In essence this software tool is a must have if you have any serious investment in Nikon DSLR equipment, in that it is able to manipulate the NEF native Nikon file format images in a non-destructive way, so that should you ever wish to go back to the original as captured file from the camera sometime down the line you can readily do so.

It is a resource hog like all heavyweight image packages but providing you have a modern dual core machine with a good dose of memory you will be absolutely fine, but you can always download the trial version or install the version on your Nikon Cameras CD for 30 days to evaluate the performance on your own system.

I am unable to directly comment as to the pros and cons over Adobe's photoshop, because I am still using V6 of that package.

I would however comment that the user interface in Nikon NX2 is very intuitive and you can get up and running quickly. What is also very refreshing these days is to find a substantial paper manual in the box, enabling you to read up on how to get the best from the package.

Apart form those constrained with lower spec PC equipment I would recommend this package without reservation to any Nikon user and believe that if you take advantage of the 30 day trial version you will see the merits in using the software.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for improving good photos.
I've been using this for a while, and always will, but it probably depends on your style. Firstly it is aimed at Nikon users as it has access to precisely how a NEF file was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ManicHamsta
1.0 out of 5 stars out of date software
I purchased cnx2 from amazon only to find it was several versions out of date and therefore did not support nef files from my camera which is a Nikon d3100 I had to download the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Anthony Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The best rost processing software iv'e used, much simpler than Photoshop and with features that no other software has that I know of.
Published on 17 April 2013 by RB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great software
I chose Nikon Capture after assessing all available photo software and I haven't been disappointed. Simple and easy to use supported by an excellent user manual and videos... Read more
Published on 20 Jan. 2013 by Darryl Starkey
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant piece of software.
I'm glad that I bought this software.

I use the program on a quad machine and have had no problem with crashing or slow processing as other reviewers have reported. Read more
Published on 25 July 2012 by A. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars nx2 2.3 or nx2 2.2.1
Totally agree with the previous reviewer.
You hate it then you love it
I also have cs5 but I put that on a very high shelf. Read more
Published on 15 Feb. 2012 by hh
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the tool you need
* A love-hate relationship -I can't live without it
* Squeeze the 60-day trial before making a decision... Read more
Published on 10 Feb. 2012 by tbuyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon Capture NX2
A long term Nikon and Photoshop user, I find Capture NX2 far easier and more intuitive to use for editing RAW files and for working with your typical amateur images. Read more
Published on 7 Feb. 2012 by Paulatockbrook
4.0 out of 5 stars Capture NX2 initial impressions
This software arrived in time for Xmas in good condition.I am currently going through it along with the accompaming book "After the Shoot". Read more
Published on 24 Jan. 2011 by JIm
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Opted for NX2 in preference to Lightroom and mighty pleased with the results. Concur with the reviewer Stuart Hotchkiss. Read more
Published on 9 Oct. 2010 by John Wells
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