Capture NX

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Capture NX is a photo editing computer program developed by Nik Software in partnership with Nikon[1] for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

Capture NX was first released in July 2006. Capture NX 2 was released in June 2008.
In September 2012, Google acquired Nik Software,[2] but Capture NX has remained a Nikon software and is advertised as a Nikon product.[3]
In July 2014 Nikon has released a new software Capture NX-D and desupported Capture NX 2. Nikon D810 is the first camera only supported in the new product which was developed based on SILKYPIX Developer Studio and does not contain the U-Point technology of Nik any longer.

Features of both Capture NX Products[edit]

  • Complete raw image format support from import to export (for supported cameras), including Nikon's own RAW format NEF (Nikon Electronic File).
  • Non-destructive image editing.
  • Color management control with Soft Proofing.
  • Color Aberration Control, D-Lighting (High Speed/High Quality), Image Dust Off, Vignette Control and Fisheye-to-Rectilinear Image Transformation.
  • Noise Reduction: global or selective adjustments.
  • Color Balance, Contrast/Brightness, Saturation/Warmth.
  • Lens correction tools, such as chromatic aberration or distortion control.
  • Auto Retouch Brush, to remove blemishes and dust from images. (not in CNX-D V 1.0 but will be added later)
  • Shadow/Highlight Adjustment, to open up shadows or recover blown out highlights.
  • Improved Edit List, to apply common editings like auto color aberration, auto red-eye correction, vignette control, tone curves, contrast and highlight, exposure compensation and shadow protection.
  • Filters, Ratings and Sorting Toolbar.

Features of Capture NX-D only[edit]

  • All changes are saved to a Sidecar File in subfolder NKS_PARAM.
  • At this moment relatively low performance (for versions 1.0x - 1.3x) comparing to latest versions of Capture NX 2.4x

Features of Capture NX only[edit]

  • All changes are saved to the NEF file.
  • Color Control Point editing for hue, brightness and saturation.
  • Selection Control Points, selectively edit photographs without the need to manually outline or mask the area for editing.
  • Plug-In Interface for Nik Color Efex Pro
  • Ability to use Dust Off Reference photo created by some Nikon DSLR's to automatically remove dust from images

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Interview with Keita Kimura". Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Lardinois, Frederic (September 17, 2012). "Google Acquires Nik Software, The Company Behind The Popular Snapseed Photo Editing App For iOS". Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Capture NX 2 Photo Editing Software". Retrieved 17 January 2013. 

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