D300 noise and Capture NX

Started Nov 29, 2007 | Discussions thread
LSR Regular Member • Posts: 204
Re: D300 noise and Capture NX

But when I open the NEF file of the same
image (I am shooting RAW+JPEG) in Photoshop CS3 with ACR, the noise
is overwhelming. All the noise reduction available in ACR could not
get the image to look as good and smooth as the JPEG. I tried the
same experiment in RAW Developer, which produced better tonality and
color but still couldn't touch the out-of-the-camera JPEG. Finally, I
fired it up in Capture NX, but found that I hate the interface and,
on my dual G4 Mac with a gig of RAM, the software ran unbearably
slow, slower, in fact, than any program I have tried. Sadly, the
image looked great in NX, just as it did out of the camera. Does
anyone know of any other RAW developer except for Nikon's that
retains the D300's in-camera settings and allows for the same kind of
low-noise yet sharp images?

D3 and D300 JPEGS involve a lot of in-camera processing. To get this same level of quality or better with raw files you have to use (as you've found out) Nikon software, at least for now.

A lot of the improvement in image quality with the new cameras is due to Nikon's noise and CA processing (hardware based in-camera for JPEGs, software based for NEFs).

This technology is proprietary to Nikon and as it gives them a significant competitive advantage they may be reluctant to share it with other third-party raw converter developers. Which means it may be a very long wait until ACR and others can even come close to matching NX quality.

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