DxO FilmPack 5 Elite Edition
€129 (around £112/$136) www.dxo.com
DxO’s FilmPack 5 gets off to a good start with one of the cleanest and most intuitive interfaces out there. It also runs as smoothly as Exposure X2, though you’ll have to do without selective editing features.
At FilmPack’s heart are over 120 film effect presets, of which around 80 are emulations of real analogue film stocks, including a good range of iconic and more niche films. We noticed that its rendition of the famed Fuji Velvia 50 seemed unusually muted, but that aside, DxO’s film expertise shines through, with an information panel accompanying each preset that provides stats and an interesting back story about each film.
Tweaking presets is very straightforward, and you can add a frame, light leak, or even the grain characteristics of a different film.
FilmPack 5 works on Macs and PCs, with Lightroom 3 or later. It needs 2GB RAM and an Intel Core 2 Duo/i5 processor. It supports JPEG, TIFF and PSD files in Lightroom, while DNG and other RAW formats are only supported in the standalone app.
Pros Comprehensive selection of film renditions; well-designed and intuitive interface Cons Questionable accuracy of some film emulations; no selective editing We say The film connoisseur’s choice, but falls short on value Overall score
FilmPack 5 is also available as a Standard Edition (€79/£69/$83), which has fewer features and presets