Summary: As with the Canon software, Capture NX2 makes poor use of modern multithreaded CPUs. Converting 100 Nikon NEF files shot with a D300s (12 megapixels each) crawled along at eight minutes, eight seconds. Still, if the app’s specific features provide exactly what you’re looking for, it might be worth buying if you’re already committed to the Nikonian way of life.
Pros: Rich feature set; control points ease complex selection; nondestructive.
Cons: No Photoshop integration; extra cost; wonky interface.
Excerpt: The Control Points are the main feature of Nikon's Capture NX, so it's reassuring to find they are actually incredibly simply to use and understand. Just place one (with a single mouse click) on a particular colour and you have control over that area of colour. You can change hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, red, green, blue and warmth by sliding the relevant control. It's really that simple.