D300 noise and Capture NX

Started Nov 29, 2007 | Discussions thread
Qwntm Veteran Member • Posts: 6,165
This is the reason...

LSR wrote:

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.

This is probably the reason why Nikon decided to give Capture NX away for free with these cameras.

Capture NX is really key to RAW performance with Nikon.

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