HDR Darkroom 3
£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