My best raw converter #2
After my first raw converter review I was asked to show more pictures developed in the different converters any include Photoninja in the comparison. Here we are, more pictures to compare in case of color and a little bit of pixel peeping.....
First another shot from New Orleans from New Orleans with very nice colors, so lets see how the different results look like?
C1 default settings
What we can see again is the difference in the whitebalance value, C1 has 5253K and LR has 4900K. And now as we have Photoninja in the game, we have another value, 4600K for PN.
Let's see if there is a huge difference in the colors.
The differences in colors are, although there are relative large for the K values, pretty small. Only the PN result is a little bit off. What we can see and say is, that all converter give a decent result directly with the default settings. Do is again to bright for my understanding, cause by this smart lighting option that I would switch off always, cause it is not really helpful in most of my test. C1 is giving great color and good sharpness, Lighroom is following in the colors even with the adobe standard profile. PN shows an offset for the doors, they have not been so intense greenish cyan. Also the pavement is very greenish in PN. PN is having another problem, or maybe not a problem but showing a significant difference in case of the sensor readout. you can overlay all three results from C1, LR and DxO without problems, the PN picture shows an offset in the picture dimensions as you can see above. Not a problem at all if you only work with PN but it is good to know that the dimension of the PN output is 6024x4024 instead of 6000x4000.
So far my fav are still C1 or LR in this case!
Let's see how does it look like when we set all to the same WB temperature 5253K, no results from DxO in this case cause no chance to type in the temperature values:
C1 default settings
LR Huelight A7 Standard V40 new WB
PN with manual WB
The strange thing is, that the offset in the colors is increasing when you use the same temperature in all three converter. This seems not to be a calibratet value but a more or less free interpretation. PN is showing a extreme warm image with the same setings as C1- Also when you use the automatic WB in the different applications you will get differetn values for the WB.
C1 vs LR default WB
C1 vs LR manual WB
C1 vs PN manual WB
Another visible difference is the sharpness between C1 and the others. C1 is giving a very crisp and sharp image. That does not mean the LR is not sharp. Only in the direct pixelpeeping comparison you can see the difference. Only DxO is on the same level or even a tad sharper then C1.
LR vs C1 default sharpness
C1 vs DxO default sharpness
Photoninja is on the same sharpness level as LR, not bad, but the other are better. Another negative point with PN is the noise in the shadow. Above you can see the shadows of te leaves are complete noise free in C1, but not in PN. That means C1 is giving less noise but more details and sharpness at the same time.
With this photo I would say that capture one is the clear winner. Photoninja is imho no recommendation to develop Sony A7's raws. For what you get it is too expensive.
Update: I got another question about the lense corrections for FE lenses. So I will try to show the difference between C1 and LR with this example too. When you activate the lense correction in LR you will get a significant different result as you get from C1, that would mean that there is no automatic correction for FE lenses. As there is no option to select FE-mount lenses in C1, that is a significant negativ point for C1, at lest when this is Sony recommendation to develop sony raws. But have a look on your own. The corrected downspout look better in LR then the original one in C1. Also the vignetting is less, but normal I don't care about the vignetting. If anybody has more information about the FE lense correction in C1 please drop me a line.
DxO is correcting the lense distortion already in the default settings.