HDR Dark­room 3

NPhoto - - Gear Zone -

£71, $89 www.ever­imag­ing.com

HDR Dark­room is even eas­ier to use than EasyHDR thanks to its stream­lined in­ter­face with min­i­mal clut­ter. Stylish pre­set thumb­nails add vis­ual flair, and se­lect­ing one au­to­mat­i­cally re­veals a range of op­tions that give you ca­pa­ble cus­tomi­sa­tion with­out be­ing in any way in­tim­i­dat­ing to use.

You only get 16 pre­sets, but they cover the ba­sics and are easy on the eye (and, of course, you are able to cus­tomise them). The same goes for HDR Dark­room’s out­put im­ages, which im­press with lit­tle ef­fort, are very well blended, and show lit­tle in the way of noise and colour fring­ing.

How­ever, while HDR Dark­room is en­joy­able to use and de­liv­ers great re­sults, its value is ques­tion­able. Batch pro­cess­ing and RAW file sup­port are present, but you’ll have to do with­out de­sir­able ex­tras like lay­ers, a his­tory pal­ette, and more ad­vanced tone map­ping cus­tomi­sa­tion.

Pros Ef­fort­lessly easy to learn and use; de­liv­ers high-qual­ity HDR re­sults. Cons Lacks the fea­tures and ad­vanced cus­tomi­sa­tion of the heavy hit­ters. We say Com­pares well with EasyHDR, but it can’t match its ri­val on value. Over­all score

HDR Dark­room’s sim­ple in­ter­face keeps ba­sic op­tions hid­den be­hind its pre­set thumb­nails, and ad­vanced set­tings on their own sub-menu

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