Nikon Capture NX-D (beta) software review
Nikon released the new Capture NX-D (Beta) software this morning Tuesday, February 25, 2014 along with the DS4 DSLR.
NEW: Nikon officially released Capture NX-D on July 15, 2014! – see my additional review in the comments section below.
The highlight in the news release is that it replaces Capture NX2 and that the software will be free. A cheer went up for those who did not want to shell out $200 for the next Capture product. Well, View NX2 is free. Why would Nikon have two free NEF/NRW Editors? Hmmm….
So what’s the deal?
I did a quick comparison of all 3 products: Capture NX-D, Capture NX2 and View NX2. In plain English: Capture NX-D is not an update of Capture NX2.
Below, I’ve listed some obvious differences:
- NX-D loses the U-Points. Totally expected since that was a Nik Software patent.
- NX-D does not have “Save” or “Save As” and “Versions”, instead it has *.xmp sidecar files.
- NX-D can open NX2 enhanced NEFs but the enhancements are lost.
- NX-D enhanced NEFs can be opened in both Capture NX2 and View NX2 but the enhancements are lost.
- NX-D loses all of the Capture NX2 Filters (Photo Effects, Add Grain/Noise, Contrast: Color Range, Colorize, and even more sadly Black and White conversion). View NX2 never had it.
- NX-D keeps the LCH Editor. I use this for infrared channel-mixing instead of Photoshop. View NX2 never had it.
- NX-D keeps the Levels & Curves Tool. View NX2 never had it.
- NX-D loses the Color Balance and Color Booster. View NX2 has Color Booster.
- NX-D loses the Saturation and Warmth tool. View NX2 never had it.
- NX-D keeps the Unsharp Mask but looses Gaussian Blur and High Pass. View NX2 never had it.
- NX-D keeps Noise Reduction. View NX2 never had it.
- NX-D keeps Distortion Control and Lateral Color Aberration. View NX2 has Lateral and Axial Color Aberration.
- NX-D loses the Lasso, Selection Brush, Selection Gradient, and Fill/Remove Tools. View NX2 never had them.
- NX-D loses the options to copy, load and/or save XMP/ITPC.
- NX-D loses the capability to launch Nikon Transfer.
- NX-D does not allow Capture NX2 adjustments/settings files to be copied, saved, or loaded.
- NX-D does not have a Map Tool for GPS or a Movie Editor that View NX2 does.
Metadata can be found on the “i” tab of the Edit section. Also, the Noise Reduction, Lens Correction, LCH, Unsharp Mask, and Levels & Curves icons are tucked away at the very bottom on the right-hand side. I almost missed them!
NX-D Straighten tool is not precise and the Gray Point Sample Tool is very slow.
I’m no longer intrigued or impressed. I’m going to keep Capture NX2 for as long as I possibly can.
The Capture NX flickr discussion group is lighting up with complaints and points of contention.
Instead, Nikon asks the NX-D beta users to give feedback and the above post is going straight to them.