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I've never tried PHOTIVO.
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According to my experience - nothing can beat the Capture One 7 Express!
Silkypix gets poor responses about everywhere I read about it. Fair enough, its interface is not extremely intuitive and performance is slow to say the best. But otherwise it is a fine instrument with some features not found conventionally in other image processing programs. Like direct ability to regulate demozaicing sharpness and very fine ( although painfully slow) noise cancelling algorithm. This program is not a must if one needs only to browse through images and do a quick tweak. Too many free and paid programs do it quicker. It is needed if there is a need to take the most from this particular RAW image of this particular camera. For example, I have Fujifilm Finepix HS30. It's RAW is not read directly in Lighroom 3 that I use and needs to be converted to DNG first with a free converter supplied by Adobe. But even with that the previews generated by converter and incorporated into DNG are plain weird and diapason of adjustments is not what I am used to with Canon files, even in JPG format. With a dedicated Silkypix version supplied with the camera I can do what I wish with exposure, contrast, lights and darks, noise and sharpening before exporting the image as TIFF and incorporating it into my Lightroom image library. And the results I get are definitely not achievable with any other software I have:
Here is worth reminding that this particular image was taken with small sensor superzoom.
And the best part of it - Silkypix in this instance came for "free". One thing that still keeps me uncomfortable - camera dedicated version does not see other cameras images, even ifrom cameras of the same manufacturer. But as they say "do not look a gift horse in the mouth"
I can't say that I've been all that impressed with Silkypix either... there's a reason it's "free" with the camera. Do your self a favour and pick up a copy of Lightroom or PS Elements.
Another vote for Lightroom.
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