DPreview's Chaps and Lads turn into Homies and Dudes: Raw Converter Showdown time Capture One Pro 7.02 VS. DxO Optics Pro 8 VS. Lightroom 4.3

Yo Phil, that place ain't what it used to be, eh? The move from London to the Wild West may have dented the lingual footprint of the site, but cultural fusion can have some wonderful effects too: Here comes a comparison SHOWDOWN of epic proportions, showing off some nice reviewing skills by Amadou Diallo. I would really have liked to see what Bibble-in its new 'Aftershot' persona, is up to nowadays, but this review is very large as it is, spanning 6 pages that share tons of information between them. Some snippets:

"For my money, Capture One Pro 7 produces more realistic skin tones for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Nikon D600 shots seen above. DxO Optics Pro 8 delivers more faithful results in the Olympus EPL-3 and Sony SLT-A57 images. I'd rank Lightroom 4 the most accurate in the Canon EOS T4i portrait. This is an admittedly subjective ranking, and the differences are fairly subtle.

In processing dozens of portraits shot on a variety of cameras, however, I've found that both Capture One Pro 7 and DxO Optics Pro 8 offer consistently more accurate (and pleasing) results than Lightroom 4. Your mileage may vary of course, depending on the camera(s) you shoot with."

"Both Capture One Pro 7 and Lightroom 4 allow you numerous options for storing your raw files. The files themselves can reside on any local or network drive of your choosing. You can work with an existing folder structure or choose to house your raw files in a single directory and organize them exclusively within the application.

With previous versions of Capture One Pro, images were organized into Sessions, each one a single holding place that encompassed your raw images, edit instructions and output files from a single shoot. The benefit was that you could easily move or archive an entire project at once. While maintaining support for a Sessions-based workflow, version 7 introduces a robust catalog option, which functions in a similar manner to Lightroom's database-driven system.

Among the benefits here are the ability to search among images located on different hard drives as well as apply metadata edits even when images are offline. A Capture One Pro 7 catalog can be stored on a shared network drive where multiple users can have access.

Lightroom 4 offers the same cataloging benefits, minus support for network sharing of catalog files. And while you are free to create multiple catalogs, you must first close the current catalog before opening another one."

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