Nikon software

for Nikon digital cameras

(supplied by Nikon Corporation only)


Recent firmware upgrades of your Nikon products you may find and download here.

Or ask the Nikon representation in your country or region.


Since the introduction of the first digital camera (Coolpix 100) Nikon Corporation supplied specially made software for its products. Nikon software, like PhotoSecretary, made for film cameras, like the Nikon F-90, F-100, F-5, cannot be used with digital cameras. Although some digital SLR cameras have/had a hefty price, Nikon did not supply relevant software to make use of all features. It is like buying a Ferrari but to pay extra for the steering wheel. Fortunately Nikon is changing this policy and buyers of newer models will get some software for free.

Software for Nikon Coolscan film and flatbed scanners can be found here. Software for wireless transfer equipment comes with that particular equipment. If not, ask for Nikon Wireless Transmitter Utility software (latest version 1.3.0).

Most software provided by Nikon Corporation can be used on computers running under Microsoft (DOS) and/or MacIntosh (Mac) operating systems.

Since December 17, 2014 Nikon Corporation opened a download center where you may find manuals, software and firmware of modern equipment in up to 43 languages! You may check this web site for the latest updates of the software mentioned hereafter, too.

Nikon View

The very first Coolpix 100 was supplied with 'EasyPhoto'-software. For later models the first version of Nikon View was available. Nikon View software versions were numbered from 1 to 6 (6.2.1). In fact all versions were upgrades of the older version, especially made to enable the download of images from newer cameras. With the introduction of the Nikon D2-series Nikon View NX was presented. The latest version is Nikon View NX 2.3.0 enabling to download images made with cameras in the Nikon D2, Nikon D3 and Nikon D4-series. The later versions do not allow direct contact with the Nikon D1-series. In this case you need a separate card reader. Older Coolpix cameras may be used with later Nikon View software although exif-data will not be available. (e.g.; Nikon Coolpix 100 data are not visible in Nikon View 4 and higher).

Nikon View NX includes:

-Nikon Transfer - for moving images from camera to computer (later versions do not accept connection with the D1-series)
- Nikon Browser - for browsing thumbnail images from transferred images
- Nikon Viewer - for looking at larger versions of images
- Nikon Editor - for basic editing (color, contrast, red-eye-correction, etc.) of images
- Nikon NEF Plug-in - If Adobe Photoshop is installed Nikon View will also install a plug-in allowing RAW NEF files to be opened and edited directly in Photoshop.

DO NOT use older versions of Nikon View to open or edit NEF RAW images from Nikon DSLR cameras produced after the D70.

Since August 2010 Nikon offers a free of charge download of its Nikon View NX2 software! Click here to download this improved editing software.

As per March 17, 2015 you may download for free Nikon ViewNX-i and/or Nikon ViewNX-Movie Editor. Both offering flexible RAW processing and image adjustment using Capture NX-D that can be directly accessed from ViewNX-i.

Note: Nikon ViewNX-i cannot be installed and does not work under Windows 7 and older OS. NEF/RAW-images produced by cameras like the Nikon D850 cannot be opened and adjusted in Nikon View NX-2 and older.


Nikon Capture

Nikon Capture is an accessory software with many features for users of Nikon cameras which support the NEF or RAW file formats. It includes:

Nikon Capture Editor - Advanced Editing allows you to adjust color, white balance, exposure, sharpening, etc. from Nikon NEF (RAW) files as well as JPEG's and TIF's and batch processing of images.

Nikon Camera Control - When the Nikon D-SLR is connected to the computer Nikon Camera Control can shoot, adjust camera settings and record images directly to the computer. Camera Control is not supported with Coolpix cameras.

Capture NX 2 is a complete and new version, and not an update for a previous version of Capture NX. Capture NX 2 is a full-scale digital-image processing and editing software application for digital photographers, descended from Nikon Capture. Nikon issued a new version (NX 2.3.2) of this software in April 2012.

- New - Selection Control Points
- New - Auto- Retouch Brush
- New - Shadow / Highlight Adjustment
- Redesigned Interface

Nikon Capture NX was developed with NIK Software Ltd., which company was taken over by Google Inc. in 2012. Making an end to the cooperation of NIKO Software and Nikon. Late February 2014 Nikon introduced Capture NX-D offering new RAW image processing and adjustment software. Unfortunately Capture NX-D does not work under Windows 7 and older OS.

Camera Control

Camera Control Pro is an accessory software that enables you to control almost all functions of Nikon digital SLR cameras, such as exposure mode, shutter speeds and aperture, via the included USB or Firewire cable and/or optional WiFi adapters. Captured images can be viewed within the software. The Viewer window contains the following buttons: “Previous image”, “Next image”, “Show focus area”, “Fit to screen”, “100%”, “50%”, and “Delete”.
Camera Control Pro enables you also to customize Tone Compensation Curve data that will be saved in Nikon digital SLR's, such as the D2XS, to improve operating efficiency when using multiple cameras at the same time. A simulated (camera) LCD panel on the computer screen performs the same function as the camera’s viewfinder display, and has been modified to be consistent with those used in the latest cameras for smoother operation. It is also possible to control the camera from your personal computer without displaying the control menu on the computer.
Compatible with Nikon’s Image Authentication Software thus image data can be transferred and stored without affecting the authentication function.
In addition to supporting USB cable connections, Camera Control Pro offers compatibility with the optional Wireless Transmitter models WT-2 and WT-3. When attached to a digital SLR, the WT-2 and later versions enable remote shooting and setting via a wireless LAN over WiFi.

Early January 2015 Nikon Corporation announced the release of a special Camera Control firmware upgrade for the Nikon 1V3 camera later in mid-2015. Nikon promises that the upgrade will give the Nikon 1 identical features as most D-SLR cameras.


Arcsoft Panorama Maker

This software comes at all Nikon View cd-rom's. It makes it possible to stitch images in order to create a 360° panorama picture.


Nikon Picture Project

Picture project was introduced in early 2004 to replace Nikon View software, especially for the Coolpix-series. It enables automatic transfer of images from the camera as soon as it is connected. Nikon Picture Project includes a few editing tools, creating slide shows and organizing images into 'collections'.


Image Authentication Software

Image Authentication Software is an accessory software, designed for use with all Nikon digital SLR's, except the Nikon D-1-series. It enables the authentication of an image captured by the camera and can determine whether or not it has been altered since capture, verifying the image as well as information attached to it.
Various code protections are employed to prevent alterations to the software program. And to further improve reliability when using this software, both a product key and a USB key are required. The USB key must be plugged into the USB port to commence application.

The software enables verification of JPEG, TIFF and NEF (RAW) data taken using a Nikon digital SLR compatible with the authentication function.


My PictureTown Software

My PictureTown was introduced in May 2008, where it became available for Europe, Asia and Australia. It is an image sharing and storage service provided by Nikon Corporation, which anyone can use free-of-charge. For more information visit this site.

In February 2012 Nikon upgraded the software; the new features include Facebook and Twitter integrations plus newly added design templates.


Nikon SnapBridge

Starting early 2016 with the Nikon D500 Nikon Corporation will all future digital SLR's give this feature. SnapBridge via Bluetooth Low Energy enables the continuous and immediate transfer of images from the camera to a compatible mobile device as they are captured in real time, transforming photography into a social, connected experience. This is achieved automatically without the need to activate image transfer from the camera, while also keeping power consumption low for both devices. Users can also continue to enjoy mobile internet connectivity during image transfer, allowing them to check their e-mail or access social media while syncing their photographs.

The pairing of Nikon cameras and compatible mobile devices begins with the SnapBridge application, available for iOS® and Android™ on Apple AppStore® and GooglePlay™.2


Nikon NX Studio

Early March 2021 Nikon introduced Nikon NX Studio, a free software for viewing and editing of still images (RAW, NEF, NRW JPEG, TIFF) and video. In fact it is an integration of the viewing features of Nikon View NX-i and the editing features of Nikon Capture NX-D. It works on OS Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (64-bit versions only) and Mac 10.14, 10.15 and 11.0. It accepts images made with Nikon Z-cameras, D-SLR, Coolpix, Nikon 1 and KeyMission cameras. Images taken with older digital cameras and edited in older Nikon View software while using Windows 98, XP, etc. may not be accepted.