Nikon Capture NX 2.3.1 is out

Today Nikon released v2.3.1 of Capture NX ($130). You must install version 2.3.0 before proceeding with version 2.3.1. The new Capture NX version has D4 support and several bugs fixed.

List of changes in Capture NX 2.3.1:

  • Support for RAW images captured with the D4 has been added.
  • Extra High 1 (Extra High) and Extra High 2 items have been added to the Active D-Lighting pulldown menu under Camera Settings in the Develop section of the Edit List.
  • Event ID can now be displayed under File Info 2 in the File & Camera Information section of the Metadata palette for images captured by, and to which IPTC information has been added using the IPTC item in the camera’s setup menu, the D4.
  • Display format for the following items in the Edit List has been modified.
    • Active D-Lighting under Camera Settings in the Develop section.
    • Color Moiré Reduction under Camera & Lens Corrections in the Develop section
  • An issue that prevented sufficient application of vignette control enhancement for RAW (NEF) images captured with the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1 with A firmware Ver. 1.10 or 1.11 and B firmware Ver. 1.10 installed has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented accurate display of lens information in the Metadata palette for images captured with the Nikon 1 V1 or Nikon 1 J1 and a 1 NIKKOR lens has been resolved.
  • When certain images with GPS information attached were saved in JPEG format, Capture NX 2 sometimes quit responding. This issue has been resolved.
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  • Sorry Nikon, Adobe is a much better option. Learn with adobe and canon.

    • ShaoLynx

      Well, I’ve got a license of both and I agree.
      And since the process versions of LR are always getting better, the difference in IQ resulting from RAW rendering becomes ever smaller, too.

      I’ll upgrade, though, since I paid for it… But it’s not part of my main workflow.

    • T.I.M

      I have lightroom 3 but it’s hard, I printed out the manual, now I have to find the time to read it (maybe spend a little less time on NR)

      • FX DX

        There are tons of free Lightroom tutorials on Facebook.

        I love SLR Lounge tutorials:

        • FX DX

          I meant Youtube. Not sure why I typed Facebook.

          • T.I.M

            @FX DX
            Thank you !

    • Anonymous

      Why are you recommending people on a Nikon forum to learn Canon? Seems like you are a Canon troll…

      • shadowfoto

        he’s about canon’s bundled should really learn from it how to make software easy to use without reading hundreds of pages of user manual.

        or if you hate canon so much – let’s take ACR with Bridge in account.

    • RakSiam

      CNX2 is a nice tool. It’s not good for all things, but for most basic edits it is very easy to do things very quickly and efficiently. The whole U-point thing is an enormous time saver over doing lots of layers and things in PS.

      • it would be nice if it would be free.
        Capture One is much better option

    • zenizm

      Adobe is better but I love the U-point feature in Capture NX 2.

  • Is it a free upgrade for previous owners? Is there native 64-bit support yet?

  • Native 64bit support came with version 2.3; Upgrade is free for all 2.x customers.

  • T.I.M

    Here is a nice review (UK) D800/D800e

    • johansson

      it’s NOT a review – it’s marketing

  • Zeb

    Where is the moire removal tool in NX2.3.1 and how do you use it? Any samples we can practise on?

  • Dweeb

    Can hardly wait for 2.3.2 when the D5 comes out.

  • jodjac

    I wish Nikon would publish the PDF manuals for their new cameras. Wouldn’t that be nice? I’d love to get my reading started before the camera gets in.

    • Chris

      Any Infos on colourFX Support + 64Bit?

    • zenizm

      same wish here…

    • MB

      PDF manuals can be downloaded from Nikon support site…
      They are even bundled on a CD in some countries…

  • ken

    Just picked up LR3 from B&H for 69.95 (saving of 200.00) today only, at least (hopefully) when LR4 is released it will be a cheaper upgrade rather than new purchase.

    choice of Elements 10 + Premiere Elements 10 OR LR3 for 69.95.

  • they need to let this just die.

  • alvix

    “An issue that prevented legitimate owners ,after paid $150 for The Crap, from working at a normal speed with the files has NOT been resolved ” ..

  • Jimmy

    I prefer DXO Optics Pro (great raw and batch processing).

  • Disiderio

    I downloaded the trial version, I’ve downloaded viewNX and they are both as crap as one another. I’d go out on a limb here and say that they are malicious software. Not so much in terms of what they do to your pc, but as to how much they slow down efficiency.

    I HOPE TO GOD that Nikon reads these comments. At the end of the day the image is important, and if realising the best image from our very expensive gear is crippled by an archaic raw workflow designed primarily to yield profit from the sales of a crap program then it’s just very upsetting and feels like a massive stab in the face.

    • True

      “from our very expensive gear is crippled by an archaic raw workflow”

      IQ is NEVER crippled by an workflow, byt by software! CNX2 in terms of IQ is simply the best, UI is something esle…

  • neversink

    I prefer Aperture to Lightroom, very easy to learn and all the early bugs are out… just disable faces…
    I think Capture One has improved immensely and thinking of switching….
    I despise PS layers, but it is the industry standard…

  • I really can’t endorse all your NC bashing. I have been using Nikon Capture all the time since the D100 and (except the CNX 1 release) had no real reason to complain. During the years I tested various other RAW converters again and again but I never liked them.

    • Disiderio

      Hi Manfred,

      I think it has a lot to do with workflow. If you need to edit event photos for a gallery the next day as part of your retainer, than capture nx2 is not up to the task. I have shot a music festival and managed to churn out 500 event photos, post them online within 5 hours of coming home from the event! I used lightroom for this, but it is unconceivable using capture nx2 to do the same.

      • 500 images in 5 hours is no problem at all with CNX2, I’d be surprised if it took that long. I think lots of complaints come because people have not learnt how to use it properly. Correct use of copy/paste and the batch processor lets you breeze through imagesnreally quickly.

        Combine it with PhotoMechanic and you have a very quick and streamlined approach to get you from ingest, through backup and tagging, making your edits (in PM with the ratings readable in CNX), and then processing in CNX using batch, finally auto extraction and upload of the high quality embedded jpegs from the RAW files using PM again. It’s what I use, together with CS5 for the occasional task that CNX can’t do at the pixel level, I find it’s a much faster and more intuitive approach than LR.

        • True

          On my 2 years old PC with SSD 1 file takes abot 5 seconds. So 500 pics will take less than 45 min.

  • Dominik

    I must be one of the few people who actually likes NX2, especially since v2.3, 64-bit which is much faster than the old 32-bit versions which was like watching paint dry even on a fast system with a lot of RAM.

    I find Control Points save a lot of time that would otherwise be wasted with layers and masks in Photoshop. I can get a lot of things done quickly with it.

    Of course it’s no Lightroom, but it still does the best job converting Nikon RAW files in my opinion. ViewNX is fine for sorting, ranking, and categorizing images.

    In terms of workflow, I prefer NX2 here I’ll only be working on a smaller selection of files where I expect maximum image quality. For larger batches of images, Lightroom, Capture One, DXO, etc. are far better tools for the job.

    • Walkthru

      I’m with you Dominik. I tend to do mostly landscape & fine art work rather than large volume stuff like weddings/events, and I find that NX2 gives NEF’s the best colour rendition. I always find that other RAW converters/editing programmes tend to need colour correction processes added, slowing down the workflow.

      The U-Point technology is easy to use and is certainly quicker than using layers/masks as you say. It is interesting to note that even Adobe are starting to use similar technology in ACR (maybe a sign of what is to come).

      Whilst I will defend NX2, I do understand that it has its’ shortcomings. One can live in hope that NX3 (if it ever eventuates), addresses some of these concerns (blending, stitching amongst others).

  • Steve Starr

    I was just using the new 2.3.1 version on Windows 7 64-bit and it crashed! I was working on a bunch of NEF files and the Batch processing failed and it crashed with that “Windows Looking for a Solution” pop-up box that never works.

    Now it won’t run with the same NEFs. Very odd. Maybe a reboot will settle it down? I flushed the cache but it did no good. Hope it didn’t wreck the NEFs!

    It’s faster, but it still crashes with large NEF files or a lot of heavy processing. Wait until the D800 files get fed into it.

  • neversink


    There – I’ve shouted it……

  • I wonder how this software is… haven’t used Nikon software since Lightroom 1 came out.

    • wow

      big mistake 😉

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