D300 noise and Capture NX

Started Nov 29, 2007 | Discussions thread
SoCalMan Regular Member • Posts: 297
Re: D300 noise and Capture NX

The previous post contains a lot of nonsense. In most images, you will get MUCH better results convering Nikon RAW files to JPGs using the latest version of Adobe Camera Raw. You don't have to believe me or the previous poster. The proof is simple, just try it yourself.

A RAW image is just a file of numbers, and Nikon has NO intrinsic advantage in interpreting numbers over Adobe, DxO or anyone else. A Canon RAW file looks just like a Nikon or Sony RAW file, with minor formatting differences. A number is just a number. How can Nikon NX "know" that a series of numbers came from a D300? What if I edit the EXIF header of a Canon RAW file to say it is a Nikon file? How would Capture NX know?

Adobe, however, has been taking taking collections of numbers and turning them into pleasing images for many more years than Nikon or Canon. Adobe has a professional programming staff that is many times larger and more experienced than those of Nikon and Canon combined.

I have made extensive tests of Adobe CS3 Camera Raw, Nikon's latest Capture NX, and numerous 3rd party software packages. Camera Raw is by the far the best 95% of the time. Capture NX is sometimes better for deeply under-exposed images, due to lower mid-tone gamma defaults, but this can be adjusted easily. Overall, Adobe wins hands down, but it is quite expensive.

You don't have to believe me - try it yourself. Ground truth always trumps bulls* t.

Jim Meketa

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