Compatibility chart for Nikon DSLR cameras and Adobe Camera RAW, DNG converter. Includes all Nikon models Nikon since 1999, from the D1 to the D810 and all Photoshop versions since v.7. and ACR 1. Last update: June - 2016.
Adobe DNG Converter is - apart from View NX2 - the only free alternative if you run a version of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) that is incompatible with your new Nikon. In this article I enlist a number of software alternatives and extensively describe the RAW-DNG conversion process, which is the same for any RAW format, independent of brand. DNG files can be opened by ACR ever since the first version of Adobe Creative Suite.
Adobe recently announced that they will not continue the development of their Creative Suite (CS) “perpetual license model” software as we know it, and - instead - pursue a new, cloud-based licensing model, called CC: Creative Cloud, which is - in short - a creative criminal client fuck...
I thought it could not get any worse after testing Capture NX2 and View NX1.5 a while ago, but I was wrong. NX2 is worse, at least from where I am standing. So much worse that I have not been able to thoroughly test it, not on Windows XP Pro x64 nor on a "standard" XP Pro 32 system.
On april 21, Adobe released the Camera RAW plugin and DNG Converter v.5.7, while they started this week shipping the new Creative Suite 5 with ACR v.6.0. My guess is that ACR 5.7 will be the last ACR update for Creative Suite 4.
Comparing all the mayor contenders in the RAW conversion field leaves us with only one conclusion: there is no real "champion". Some images are better off with program x, while others with program y. However, and in spite of its shortcomings and elevated price, the Bridge/Photoshop/ACR/DNG Converter combo is the more obvious choice for those who routinely convert large amounts of RAW images.
It is fairly common to see people desperately searching the Web, because their version of Photoshop, Lightroom or Elements refuses to open the RAW files of their new camera, mostly generating either a "File not supported" or a far more scary "This file may be corrupted" message.The same may happen in Nikon Capture, and in both cases you need to update the ACR plugin or even upgrade your software.