Summary – HDRSoft recently released an upgrade to their industry standard HDR program, Photomatix. Here are example results as compared with their main competitor, HDR Efex Pro. Both get the job done so, unless you’re a fan boy, choose between them for reasons other than performance.
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The above were all made with default settings
An apples to apples comparison
Should you upgrade?
Sure – at $29.99 it’s worth it
Should you buy it? Depends….
If you already own the Nik Collection – no
Not that I think HDR Efex Pro (HEP) is better
I don’t, but it’s good enough
If you don’t already own HDR software, but want to – probably no
For a little more money ($149 vs. $99)
You can buy the entire Nik Collection which
Has HDR plus a whole lot more
I say “probably” because I’m less than happy with
Google’s current mishandling of the Collection
If I were starting from scratch? (without any $ considerations)
Photomatix – it’s a little better & a lot more complete
Offers Exposure Fusion & HEP doesn’t
Ditto batch processing & some other “stuff”
I’ll touch on these in a later post
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