NIK HDR EFEX PRO2 Vs Photomatix Pro 4

I have been using NIK Softwares HDR EFEX PRO 2 for a few months and today I experimented with default renders from this application against Photomatix Pro 4.

Both applications are capable of producing excellent results and there are a multitude of adjustments that can be made to tailor the output to your preferences. The image shown below is a side by side comparison of renders from both applications using as close as possible to default options and using pre-sets that best match a realistic HDR.

Photomatix Pro 4 Vs HDR EFEX PRO 2 Photomatix on the left with HDR EFEX PRO on the right.

Photomatix Pro 4 Vs HDR EFEX PRO 2

Photomatix on the left with HDR EFEX PRO on the right.

Photomatix Pro 4.2 Settings: Default Render with Ghost reduction off. 'Photographic' pre-set

HDR EFEX PRO 2 Settings: Default Render with Ghost reduction off. 'Grad 2 Preset with Film EV+0 setting for levels and Curves