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Raw Converter Showdown By DPreview (LR4, Capture One Pro 7, DxO Optics Pro 8)

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Raw Converter Showdown By DPreview

DPreview posted an exhaustive review comparing three RAW converters: Adobe Lightroom 4, Capture One Pro 7 (which is the only one that yet supports he X-Trans format) and DxO Optics Pro 8. The following features are examined:

  • Speed
  • Image quality and editing tools
  • Imaging workflow
  • Output options
  • Asset management
  • Additional features

The review goes deep. DPreviews conclusion:

[…] the choice of which of these raw converters to use comes down to how you work. Shoot primarily in the studio and need robust tethering capability? Then you’ll be very happy with Capture One Pro 7. If you work on a relatively small number of images and/or already have an existing asset management system in place, DxO Optics Pro 8 offers perhaps the best starting point for your edits. And if you’re all about workflow efficiency, need tight integration with Adobe Bridge or Photoshop and want the most feature-rich cross-platform app on the market, Lightroom 4 can fit the bill. As raw-shooting photographers we’ve really got an embarrassment of riches at our disposal right now. You can create some great images no matter which one you choose.

Adobe Lightroom 4 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay DxO Optics Pro 8 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay Capture One Pro 7 price check: Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay

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