DxO FilmPack 5 Elite Edi­tion

€129 (around £112/$136) www.dxo.com

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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

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