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Nikon Capture NX is a full-scale digital-image processing and editing software application for digital photographers, descended from Nikon Capture.

Capture NX now provides:

  • Powerful U PointTM technology powered Color Control Points that enable the user to directly enhance the image selectively, without the use of masks, selections, or layers.
  • Continued ability to apply every tool non-destructively (Requires the user to save their image with NEF. Original file can be JPEG, TIFF, or NEF). Selective tools such as the Selection Brush and Selection Gradient that can be used to selectively apply any of more...

What's New

Version 2.4.7:
  • Support for RAW images captured with the Nikon 1 V3 has been added.
  • Support for the COOLPIX S810C has been added.
  • The following issues have been resolved:
    • Auto distortion control was not applied to images captured with some cameras, and Auto Distortion in the Camera & Lens Corrections section of the Edit List palette was not displayed.
    • When more...


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Shadokuss Member IconReview+12

2.4.5 update available ;)

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Version 2.4.3
Macedward Member IconReview+24

The latest version of NX2 is version 2.3.0 and it's much faster than previous versions. Actions that took several seconds and sometimes minutes, are now processed much faster. The app is now 64-bit.

This software is a great tool if you use Nikon DSLRs. What I still really miss is the possibility to use plugins as Silver Efex Pro™ 2 from NikSoftware. I hope that Nikon and NikSoftware eventually finally will decide to make it possible to use all of NikSooftwares plugins from within NX2. That will make my day!

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Version 2.2.8
Higherterrain Member IconComment+80

You can find the update to Capture NX 2 2.2.8 following this link

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Version 2.2.7

Thanks for pointing that out, I've updated our listing.

Allanmacam Member IconComment+26

With all it quirky ways, I would love to use CaptureNX2 but it doesn't play well with other apps. If only it supported DNG. I would buy it right away.

An updated and working Snow Leopard compatible ViewNX would also not go amiss. But nobody from Nikon will read this.

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Version 2.2.4
Umijin Member IconComment+72

Users are reporting that Capture NX 2 isn't functional on Snow Leopard. Nikon has not bothered to update Capture NX 2 (or its weaker cousin ViewNX) since SL was released. Their official policy is that they haven't decided IF they will support SL.

TIP: If you want to use Nikon Capture NX 2 in Snow Leopard do not update it to v2.2.2 *after* you have installed Snow Leopard. Stick with v2.2.0 for now, which reportedly works.

If you have installed v.2.2.2 *BEFORE* installing Snow Leopard, CaptureNX 2 may work for you.

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Version 2.2.2

Laughable - still no official support for Snow Leopard. Nikon's support site says that they expect to release updates in, like, January for their software suite.


Nikon Capture NX 2.20 unofficially works with Snow Leopard and 2.22 does not. I don't know about 2.2.3. Lack of official support is appalling.


Nikon = great hardware shame about their software (specially for Mac). As example I have a high end Nikon scanner - when it stopped working due to software (not compatible) their support told me to get Vuescan ....I will continue to buy their cameras but never again be fooled to get their other gear.
Sidecomment to the others here...


Nikon Capture Nx 2.2.5 is still no 64bit app.
How is it possible? When adjusting Exposure, contrast... with the sliders the update of the changes still take very long. For me it's just to slow to work with

Running it on a late 2006 iMac 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3GB of RAM under Snow Leopard.

I still think its outrageous it does not come with a nikon camera like the D700.
I would like to pay for it if it was working well, but that is not the case!
My grandmother is faster than this software :)

filchescat Member IconComment+62

I'd like to be able to use Nikon's Mac software, but it chronically crashes or otherwise weanies out. I've been duped into buying activation numbers for it over the years when purchasing Nikon camera equipment (no gripes there!), but it's never quite lived up to expectations. Even this new release of Capture sucks (immediately asks for a serial number or offers an option to purchase one, with no option to try it out). Quite expensive for something a more versatile, mainstream app like Adobe's Lightroom, Apple's Aperture or for that matter, Photoshop can take care of. Still hoping.

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Version 2.0

Nikon USA has offered a 60 day demo of Capture NX 2 since early June. It can be downloaded from this page: http://nikonimglib.com/cnx2/index_en_nsa.html

Sandal Member IconComment+0

I have a new macbook with Leopard and have photoshop cs2. I have been using iphoto to keep track/organize the photos but am disappointed that it does not keep track of all my camera settings for each image. For example, white balance doesn't seem to be captured. I haven't loaded the basic software nikon packed with my d80 (picture perfect?) but maybe that's what I need to try. I just heard that I couldn't work with RAW images without Nikon Capture nx and I didn't really want to pay the $150 for it. I could use advice on software that would be best to capture all Nikon camera settings, organize with ease and work in RAW, perferably for a decent price. From the reviews here and others I've seen, Capture NX is cumbersome and not working with Leopard that well anyway. Thanks!

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Version 1.3.2

iPhoto is the consumer level solution and it really doesn't deal with RAW files all that well.

There is no single solution that can "capture all Nikon camera settings, organize with ease and work in RAW." Unfortunately, the only thing that's going to perfectly capture all of Nikon's settings is Capture NX, and that's not much of an organizer.

Lightroom or Aperture are going to allow you to keep track of and organize (like iPhoto), but will do a lot better job dealing with the RAW files. Both have downloadable demos-- try both. I thought I'd prefer Aperture, but I prefer Lightroom (by far) and suspect you might too (since you're using Photoshop as well).

With Lightroom, I can drag a RAW thumbnail to Capture NX and make changes to the RAW file-- with Aperture, unless I'm missing something, this is not possible.

Re Capture NX-- I don't have experience with the D80 and I probably wouldn't have bought Capture NX in the first place, but it came free with my D300. The interface is "different" (I'm being nice) and it's pretty slow, but acceptable once I had 4GB of RAM installed. The latest version does work with Leopard, finally.

I thought it was worthless at first, but after learning and trying it with more and more photos-- let me tell you, nothing will ever be able to match CNX abilities with Nikon's images. Any photo where you want to pull out shadows, change a funky color cast in part of the picture... ANY "problem" picture, you'll likely do a whole lot better with Capture NX. I had high ISO shots that I thought were unusable until I ran them through NX.

If the photo is already perfect or it's a sunset/sunrise shot, IMO Capture NX won't impress. Anything else, give it a try. Long story short-- I'd buy Capture NX in a heartbeat now.

Oh, yeah-- and if you upgrade to Photoshop CS3, the RAW handling is worlds beyond CS2.

Hope some of that helps.

Macinen Member IconComment+17

1.3.2 not working in Leopard (10.5.2). When I try to open a .nef-file: "Can not open file .... .nef"

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Version 1.3.2
paulsrandall@mac.com Member IconComment+24

This update appears to work with Leopard. It crashes immediately on a PowerPC running Tiger 10.4.11. A re-install of version 1.3.1 works fine in Tiger.

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Version 1.3.2
Macinen Member IconReview+17

Great editing software! I almost always get better results with Capture NX than PS (except when I need many layers or need more graphical changes to a picture). The resulting picture (taken with D80) has less noise and is somehow more clear than wiht PS, I just don't know why. From the tools Color control point is the most amazing thing - fast and efective means to a great picture. Keep up the great work!

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Version 1.3
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Version 2.3.0
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