£24, $32 www.easyhdr.com
EasyHDR lives up to its name, with a reasonably intuitive interface and plenty of instant presets that offer a good balance of realistic and artistic looks. Despite the emphasis on ease of use, you still get a decent selection of customisation options, including curves adjustment, tone mapping alteration, and plenty of colour tweaks. There’s also comprehensive RAW file support, and even a batch processing ability.
But while the features are good, it’s EasyHDR’s results that impressed us most. Our handheld bracketed test shots were merged with no visible ghosting, and the software does a good job of dealing with image noise as well. Processing speeds are quick, as are effect previews during editing, and it manages this without resorting to using a low-resolution preview. Support for both Windows and Mac completes this superb all-rounder.
Pros Simple yet well-featured interface; quick; gives top-notch results. Cons Not quite as comprehensive as Aurora HDR or HDR Projects. We say
For fast yet attractive results, EasyHDR is a great-value software choice. Overall score
Souping-up a single image with some tone mapping was no trouble thanks to EasyHDR’s range of carefully selected presets