Nikon Capture NX-D will be available for free on July 15, 2014

Nikon announced that their new RAW image processing software Capture NX-D will be available for free on July 15, 2014. There are plans to include automatic retouch brush functionality in the future:

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it will release the official version (ver.1.0) of Capture NX-D, its new processing and adjustment software application for RAW images captured with a Nikon digital camera, for free download beginning July 15 (Tuesday), 2014.

Capture NX-D is a software application developed to allow users to enjoy full-scale development of RAW images with simple operations. It enables high-quality photofinishing of images captured in RAW format by Nikon digital SLR cameras, Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, and COOLPIX compact cameras that support this capability. The application will be available for download, free of charge, to allow those who own a Nikon camera to more thoroughly enjoy developing RAW images.

The official version of this application will reflect ideas and requests of users of the beta version with improvements to the user interface, and the ways in which adjustments are applied, for example, to white balance. Support for RAW images captured with the Nikon D810 digital SLR camera, which was announced today, has also been added. The improved Picture Control system, when working with Capture NX-D, allows for direct adjustments to images captured with the D810 and earlier Nikon cameras.

We also plan to effectively update software functions for better image processing and operation in response to many requests, including the addition of an automatic retouch brush.

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  • free, nice, but for me Lightroom lover

  • VertexWolf

    Why would I ever use this when I have Light Room 5???

    • photoroto

      Because LR5.5 does not seem to include D810 support, and usually new cameras are only added every few months when a new LR revision is released. Last release was a few days ago, bummer!

      I so hope NX-D is not Silkypix by another name! Silky made me realize just how incredibly good LR really is! Anybody know?

      • Chimphappyhour

        Yes, it is essentially reworked Silkypix. This has already been established in various forums.

      • PaulDi

        And after getting an early D600 am I going to buy anything in a rush from Nikon? Not likely. Though it was nice to get a brand new D610 to fix the problem.

        I’ll watch to see if any one can tell me why I would want to use this over LR. I played only a little and can see no reason to go for this.

    • rich

      I have LR5, but one thing Nikon software even VX2 does better is more natural skin tone and correct sharpness. adobe ACR looks muted and flat, that drove me nuts. I had to convert tif from capture nx-d, VX to LR for the adjustment tools. If CNX-D has adjustment brush like NR said then I won’t need to use LR5 as much.

      • Sounds like it will be worth trying, thanks,

    • Andrej Milas

      The only reason I ever used some of the NX software was to see the original focal points were used . Which frankly I am not entirely sure where that is stored in metadata, hence not sure how I would expose it in Lr.

  • Zinchuk

    Is this a matter of you get what you pay for?

    • Bokeh Monk

      You should try Capture One Pro 7 . . .

      • Zinchuk

        I use CC. Lightroom for 95% of it, Photoshop for most of there rest, and some specialty stuff with Topaz Labs and OnOne Perfect Suite. I also have Photomatix which I use all the time. I have purchased, but not yet used, Nik’s complete suite. I have paid for these because they are worth it and make me money.

        • Chong


  • decisivemoment

    Any news on whether the D810 will work with NX2? Or if they’ll at least patch NX2 so that you can run a TIFF through it after Mac Yosemite ships?

    • Thom Hogan

      No, it will not. Nikon has responded to me and others with a “D810 support will not be added to CNX2” message.

      • Xavier Duquesne

        I read somewhere that you could import D810 files in capture NXD and import them to NX2 in tiff, so one more step but there will be a way, won’t it ?

        • ageha

          Oh well, of course you can do that with tiff.

        • Thom Hogan

          Sure, but you’re not dealing with the raw, uninterpreted data any more. Given that the Nik plug-ins work with Lightroom and Aperture, you could just grab the TIFF from NX-D with them, too.

          Problem is, Capture NX2 is going to break on Macs this fall, and who knows how soon with Windows? It’s not a long-term solution.

          • yrsued

            what do you mean that NX2 will break on Macs this Fall??

            With the new OS??

            • Thom Hogan

              NX2 already has issues with the Yosemite beta. I don’t think that’s going to get better. I fully expect that NX2 won’t work with Yosemite, and that the installer will break, as well.

              Note that NX-D doesn’t support Yosemite, either ;~). Nikon is so out of touch with their software efforts it is just mind-boggling.

            • yrsued

              This really sucks…

      • yrsued

        That is too bad!! I guess I’m learning Lightroom…

        • Take a look at Capture One Pro, better raw processing for Nikon files and has a free trial.

  • hussey

    What’s an automatic retouch brush?

    • rich

      I hope it is like a u-point or something like lightroom super powerfuladjustment brush, but I doubt it.

      • umeshrw

        It is like PS spot healing brush. Just not as good.

  • rt-photography

    a half assed job as always. nice going nikon.

  • I AM C##P

    Well, they would not be able to sell this garbage.

  • TheRealHershey

    Why even bother? Just release the raw algorithms or whatever is required for third parties to read the real raw sensor data… To contract out a new half–assed software, and then release it for free seems like some sort of ego–related move.

    • MonkeySpanner

      I agree. Nikon has nothing to gain by keeping these algorithms secret, now that they are not charging for software. In fact, it could be a big boon for Nikon – lightroom and other 3rd party software would be a lot better if they had this algorithm (hence might convince hard core light-roomers to switch to Nikon).

  • Steve

    Finally the way it should have always been.

  • Alexandre Mensi

    Is it me or the layout is very “Lightroom” inspired lol!

    • nwcs

      SilkyPix has been around for quite a while and already shared a similar look to both Aperture and Lightroom. It’s a fairly common layout.

      • ijokes

        Kinda like how my pc ripped off my mac keyboard layout.. qwerty you say..

  • Me

    When will they discontinue it?

  • yes-pictures

    already available for beta download here:

    • ageha

      For a long time.

    • yrsued

      And it’s CRAP!!

  • Walkthru

    Boy oh boy….I can’t wait…… thing Nikon have done in decades. Cough*liar*cough.

  • Bill Pahnelas

    Not that I was really planning to buy a D810, but if I was considering it, the lack of support in NX2 would weigh heavily on my decision to skip it. Yes, one can edit the Exif header to cheat, but that’s just a kludgy workaround when the handwriting’s on the wall, and I’m going to have to eventually give in and start using some other software. Right now I’m just not in the mood — and I hope Nikon doesn’t have plans for me…

  • Spy Black

    I guess they figured out that everybody concluded this was total crap so they decided to just give it away.

    • ageha

      Nikon said it will be free of charge already the day they announced it months ago.

      • Spy Black

        My mistake, I thought they were referring to the betas to try out for free.

        I think they figured out that everyone thought it sucked anyway…

        • yrsued

          It DOES Suck!!

  • yrsued

    Crap is still crap, even when it’s free!!

  • cds79m

    Can I point out the main positive I have with the software, Capture NX-D will open your RAW file as it was captured in camera. I just take mostly family photos and the odd portrait here and there but have my setting set up how I like them. I hate opening RAW files in other programs and have to play about with sharpness and subtle changes here and there. I’ve used the beta version and really enjoyed seeing what I’ve capture on my camera appear on the screen. If anything my workflow has improved. It’s great news that it’ll be free!

  • DafOwen

    I would like Camera Control Pro for free please Nikon 🙂

  • Brian Mason

    CC Lightroom is my main work flow, but have never been satisfied with the RAW image processing from my D800e & D700, nor has LR ever been accurate with Kelvin numbers and tint levels, (IMHO). I installed NX-D last night on my Mac, it took a few minutes to learn the pallets and tool layouts, but Wow!! The results are simply Stunning!!! I’m getting 200% better results than Lightroom, the added levels of Dynamic Range, highlight and shadow recovery, picture controls (Neutral, Standard etc, etc.) Active D-lighting, exposure control (+1/3, +2/3, +1.0 stops, etc.) and White Balance presets matching my cameras, plus the WB accuracy has me very excited. ** The “copy all adjustments” then stamping to a large batch of images was also very fast.

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