Many of you read my review on Vivid HDR, almost a year ago. I really ripped apart the app. It also brought up a lot of questions and controversies with the Mobile Photography Community. But the problem I had was everyone raving reviews from top bloggers saying this is the best apps to get for your iPhone. When these bloggers knew this app has some serious noise, artifacts and compression issues. Only one of the bloggers pointed it out and his name, David Pasillas. Now it’s 2016, Vivid HDR has a very recent update. So I downloaded the app and wanted to see if they really improved the app. Did they clean up the problems ? Did they really fix anything ? Do I think it’s the best HDR app ?
These two were shot with JPEG, the top is Natural (flowers) and the bottom (clouds) is Dramatic. You can already see the noise right off the bat.
When you blow them up, you can really see how noisy the JPEGs look. I didn’t expect anything from JPEGs because I don’t normally shoot JEPGs when I do HDR.
These two were shot with TIFF. The top is Dramatic (hedge with clouds) and the bottom is Natural (flower). They both look pretty good but what happens when we blow them up ?
Well you still get the noise and a little less artifacts. When I used Dramatic, that when I feel the photos results have the worst output that’s really noticeable. I’ll show you an example below.
I don’t even have to blow this photos up and you can see where it’s really bad. This is a TIFF file shot with my iPhone 6 Plus in Dramatic Mode. I don’t get how people are not noticing how bad their photos looks when they use this app. Overall I would like to know what they really improve with this latest update ? The questions I asked at the beginning of the blog post will be answered with a definite, NO !!! All I can say is, lets see what happen’s next year in 2017…
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