Combo Apps/Pro HDR vs Pro HDR X

Pro HDR vs Pro HDR X

There are many HDR apps on the market, some have come and gone in the App Store in the last 7 years. Pro HDR has stood the test of time for almost 6 years. Then in October 2014 Pro HDR X makes it debut in the App Store, a faster and sleeker version of the old app. I was asked by many people which app is better the old or the new version. I finally made the time to test the two apps in two different setting, shade and direct sunlight. I shot both apps with my iPhone 6 plus using iOS 8.4. The shots in the demo were handheld with no tripod. The goal of this blog post is to settle the score between the two apps.

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I’m going to start with Pro HDR. I shot a wilting bell pepper in a shaded area. I didn’t play with the settings and kept them at the default settings.

Pepper Pro HDR

This was the Bell Pepper saved photo from Pro HDR with default settings. I didn’t enhance it at all. The details seem to look pretty good. Pro HDR is slow on the analyzing and taking two shot to merge the photos together. If you don’t use a tripod, you run the risk of blurry photos. Even with an iPhone 6 plus, the risks are still high.

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This is Pro HDR X settings on the app. These are set to default after you take the photo.

Pepper Pro HDR X

This is the Bell Pepper shot and saved from Pro HDR X with no enhancements. You noticed the photo is on the darker and cooler side. When you shoot with this app, analyzing is quick and you noticed only one shot. Pro HDR X can do handheld shot well without no problems of blur happening.

Blow Up Comparison - 1

The true test is here in the blow up comparison between the two apps. Pro HDR has blurry details, while Pro HDR X seems to be a bit on the noisy side.

Succulent Pro HDR

Succulent shot in bright sunlight with Pro HDR, as you can see it’s a bit blurry in areas of the photo. I shot the photo handheld with default settings and no enhancements.

Succulent Pro HDR X

Here is Pro HDR X shot of the same succulent, you don’t see the blurriness and the photo seems clear and maintain details.

Blow Up Comparison - 2

This is where you make the comparison by blowing the up. Pro HDR has blurry and some blown out details in direct sunlight. Where Pro HDR X still has some noisy areas in the dark green areas with some blown out details.

SquidCam Wide-Angle Pro HDR and Pro HDR X

The PROS with shooting Pro HDR purest form of shooting HDR, maintains the details, the photos have less noise and has been around for a long time. The CONS to Pro HDR, slow processing, slow analyzing, can’t do handheld shots and can take up space keeping all your saved original photos.

The PROS with Pro HDR X, analyzing is faster and handheld shots. The CONS with Pro HDR X, loss of details, noisy photos and takes up space if you save all of your bracketed photos.

App List:

Pro HDR – $1.99 universal to the iPad
Pro HDR X – $1.99 universal to the iPad

Both apps have their PROS and CONS, some people prefer the purest form of shooting HDR with true braketting and some people like to take HDR photos on the go. In my opinion both are good apps, it just your shooting preference and the style of your mobile photography. I “wouldn’t” use Pro HDR for street, macro or portrait photography. I “would” use the app for landscape, architecture, night photography, studio still life and dramatic skies. For Pro HDR X I “would” use it for street, macro and portraits. I “wouldn’t” use Pro HDR x for Landscape, architecture, night photography, studio still life and dramatic skies. Both apps shoot at full resolution and universal to the iPad. I hope this settles the score on which app is better and a stalemate on preference. If you have any questions about this blog post, please leave comment or email me Have a HAPPY FRIDAY and see you soon !!!



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7 Responses to Combo Apps/Pro HDR vs Pro HDR X

  1. imapurrson says:

    Thank you for the informative comparison between the two apps. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  2. interesting. you probably know that I’m constantly destroying my photographs and/or merging them into painting apps, however there is one camera app that I’m wondering if you’ve reviewed .. I’m sure I could go backward and see, but I’ll just ask. ProCam2 / ProCamXL by developer Samer Azzam – same developers that make Stackabkes & Living Planet –
    I tend to save my “photographer’s photographs” for myself and rarely post them, but I’m interested to see if you’ve reveries or used ProCam2 .. thx.
    have a great one 🌑🍦™

    • ashcroft54 says:

      I can write about it for you.

      • that would be great. I seam to use it when I really need the control of a 35mm + it’s got so many extra goodies that I can’t live without it. it’s how I can crop videos down to a square without needing a whole seperate app, and it’s constantly being updated – it has 4k in app ability now. I’ve never seen a need for it, and like you mention, storing hi-res images can be a problem. but it’s got A LOT for what it is.
        you might find that your sold on it as well, who knows.
        great reviews.
        haven’t read them all, but I’m glad I hopped on cause there’s always something I’m interested in that your writing about.

  3. WordPress is not a great autocorrecter, is it? lol. “reveries” (reviewed)

  4. rjllane says:

    Hello ashcroft54 (Tina).

    Thanks for another fantastic review / comparison that tells it just-as-it-is. I particularly liked the last section where you translate your findings into actionable advice on when you would use each of the apps. This changed an academic/scientific review into actions. In many other reviews, they present some interesting analyses but nothing that the reader can do with this knowledge.

    🙂 … MomentsForZen (Richard)

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