Capture NX-D is a free photo editing suite, focussed on processing RAW files from Nikon cameras, and replaces the commercial Capture NX 2 software.
Realize the full potential of RAW (NEF/NRW) files captured with Nikon cameras to create images exactly as you imagine them. The Capture NX-D software employs a RAW processing engine developed by Nikon, making full use of the shooting information supplied by Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses. Once the .NEF or .NRW file is processed, it can then be moved to other imaging applications in a 16-bit TIFF format. Capture NX-D is Mac and PC compatible, and can open and process .NEF and .NRW files from all Nikon digital cameras—current or older.... More Info »
Capture NX-D is non-destructive to RAW image files because it saves adjustments to a sidecar file instead of in the original NEF/NRW file, so you can always reprocess an image without having to undo all of your changes to date. The software also supports conventional batch processing using a saved adjustment setup.
Capture NX-D not only lets you adjust such settings as exposure compensation and white balance, but also allows you to adjust Picture Control parameters such as sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, and hue. Capture NX-D offers Image Dust Off, a feature that effectively reduces the effect of dust and other foreign objects on photographs. The camera records a reference image that maps the location of dust on the low-pass filter. Subsequent photographs can automatically be compared to the reference image to mitigate the effects of dust.
Capture NX-D can also be used to edit JPEG and TIFF files. Modify overall brightness and contrast, adjust hue, and make use of a variety of features, including noise reduction, lens correction, LCH editor, straighten, unsharp mask, and levels and curves.
You can also compare images side-by-side or display before-and-after views of the same image.
The software includes Picture Control Utility 2 to create custom Picture Control profiles.