The Art of RAW Conversion #003
"Nikon Capture 3.5 update"
Review Note by
We are users of Nikon Capture since version 1 (April 2000 using the D1) and reviewed nearly all versions:
Nikon Capture 3.5 is mainly like Capture 3.0 with the following new features:
|For us the new 10MP feature seems to be most important. The only thing to remember is that Bibble and Qimage did that nearly 1 1/2 years ago (probably Eric and Mike do not have that many meetings :-)).
Why does the 10MP upsizing for the D1x make special sense? The D1x has a very strange photo site layout (4016x1308) as the sensor was created by splitting the D1's photo sites into two rectangular sites - from 2008x1308.
Up until now Nikon Capture did an resizing to 3008x1960 which means an upsizing vertically and a downsizing horizontally. Very odd operation but the results are much better than one would think is possible.
The new 10MP interpolation now only upsizes in the vertical dimension. Important to know is that this step is directly done during the RAW interpolation step.
We used both the old and new mode and compared:
Both were sharpened low in Nikon Capture 3.5.
|We tried then to sharpen these photos with Smarter Sharpen X.
|We think the 10MP interpolation does a slightly better job and is worth to have (better later than never).
|The other new Features
|The new 10MP feature makes Capture 3.5 a useful and even free upgrade.
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