Dpreview published an in-depth Nikon ViewNX-i vs. Adobe Camera Raw comparison.
They compared the Adobe Camera Raw 12.4 alongside Adobe Bridge 10.1.1 versus Nikon ViewNX-i 1.4.3 and Capture NX-D 1.6.3, all of which are their current versions at the moment.
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Here are the pros and cons of each solution:
- Available free with your camera
- Excellent support for Nikon’s cameras from launch day
- Realistic color with minimal effort
- Impressive shadow recovery from D-Lighting HS
- Decent performance, albeit still not as good as ACR
- Only supports Nikon cameras
- Lacks many controls offered by ACR and other rivals
- Selection of controls doesn’t make sense for less-experienced shooters
- No one-click auto control
- Can’t use distortion correction if it wasn’t enabled at capture time
- Denoising robs fine detail and can’t be disabled
- Interactions between controls can prove challenging
Adobe Camera Raw
- More modern user interface
- Supports a vast range of cameras from many brands
- Great performance and accurate real-time preview
- Great image quality overall
- Holds onto more fine detail than ViewNX-i
- Does a great job with highlights/shadows
- Recurring subscription fee with no perpetual license option
- Camera support can take a while to arrive
- Less pleasing color than Nikon’s software by default
- Leaves significantly more noise in images by default
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