First of all, I am kind of new to RAW workflows. So, please excuse my ignorance.
I have been using ViewNX 2 for quite some time after starting to shoot with a DSLR. Recently I have been shooting more and more with RAW so I wanted to evaluate a better RAW converter. I have just installed a trial version of Elements 9 which has ACR 6.1 included. While comparing a recently shot image at 100% crop between ViewNX2 and ACR, I find the ACR picture is slightly softer. This is with the default conversion in both the software. Can somebody please help me understand what can be the reason for this? I have included 100% crops from both the tools below.
View NX2 Converted File:
ACR Converted File:
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#1. "RE: View NX2 vs Elements 9 Raw Conversion" In response to Reply # 0 Sat 20-Nov-10 04:58 PM by gkaiseril
3rd party programs only apply the White Balance of the in camera settings to an imported RAW image, all other in camera camera settings are ignored. Nikon View NX2 and Nikon Capture NX2 apply all in camera settings to the imported RAW image and allow you to modify them. The preview Jpeg thumbnail image has the in camera settings processed (cooked) into the image when the camera processes the NEF to create the Jpeg preview thumbnail. And that is why the thumbnail looks different from the opened NEF. Also the thumbnail image is not always updated by the edits to a NEF by any editing program.
If you want to edit a RAW image and have the in camera settings applied in Elements 9 or other program you can configure View NX2 and Capture NX2 to open an image open in View NX2 or Capture NX2 in another program like Elements 9 without saving the image as Jpeg or Tiff.
#2. "RE: View NX2 vs Elements 9 Raw Conversion" In response to Reply # 0
Colorado Springs, US
The default sharpening is relatively mild, but it's easy to update the default with new values if you want stronger sharpening. Try bumping up the intensity by about 10 or use a setting like 40, 0.8, 35 for finer details. With a new default value that you prefer, you'll probably like the results better than what you were getting with View NX2. Keep in mind that sharpening is only one parameter that you can set in your defaults - you can change anything else that you want, too.