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Photomatix Pro 5 Feature Review - featured imageIn this video, I will take a look at the features of the brand new Photomatix Pro 5.

HDRSoft has released the long-awaited version 5 of their HDR software Photomatix Pro (still in beta as of this writing). And there is a number of new features for enthusiasts and professionals that can make your HDR post-processing a lot easier and more effective.

I will review the new features and give you some information on how to use them in your HDR work.



Here is the list of the most notable new features:

  1. There is a new tone mapping algorithm and a new exposure fusion algorithm.
  2. The Batch processing was updated to make it easier to use and more powerful.
  3. Automatic deghosting has been improved to give you more control.
  4. When you process a single RAW image, you can now also apply exposure fusion algorithms and Photomatix automatically tries to recover the highlight details.

In the video above, I am taking a look at each one of them in a bit more detail.

27 Responses to Photomatix Pro 5 – Review of the new features

  1. steve bastiman says:

    Good heads up – thanks Klaus.

  2. Bruce Hausmann says:

    I would like to purchase your e-book, but am not sure if I have already. Can you let me know if I have?
    Bruce Hausmann

  3. Damien says:

    Thanks Klaus,

    Did you let hdrsoft know of the inclusions you mentioned.

    • farbspiel says:

      I think they’re listening closely. At least I would if I were releasing a new Beta.

      It’s all over social media. So, they should be able to pick it up. You can help by liking the posts.


  4. Harry says:

    Hallo Klaus,

    leider funktioniert bei mir der Ton Deines Videos nicht. Schade.

    Weißt Du vielleicht, wann Photomatix 5 als offizielle Version erhältlich sein wird?

    Freundliche Grüße: Harry

    • farbspiel says:

      Sorry! Mit dem Ton scheint alles in Ordnung zu sein. Vielleicht ist nur ein Plugin bei dir abgeschmiert. Nach einen Neustart sollte es klappen.


      • Harry says:

        Danke. Ton funktioniert wieder.

        Hast Du Infos bezüglich Verfügbarkeit der offiziellen Vollversion vpn Photomatix 5?

        Gruß Harry

        • farbspiel says:

          Hallo Harry,

          HDRSoft hat meines Wissens nach bis jetzt noch keine Informationen zum Termin veröffentlicht. Ich habe die Frage an HDRsoft weitergeleitet. Mal sehen, was die dazu sagen.


  5. Pat Kavanagh says:

    A fair assesement Klaus. I think Photomatix has been sitting on their hands a little too long and as a result other HDR programs have taken a piece of their pie. Personally I am using Nik Efex HDR and am getting the results I want. I have not followed Photomatix news for a few years now but I have not heard of them making a plug-in for this for Photoshop or say Lightroom 5. Stand alone programs just might be “stand alone” in the future if they don’t team up with other editing software companies.

    Your video’s and presentations are second to none! Great work! Nice and clean, professional, informative and short enough for my attention span. – Pat.

    • farbspiel says:

      Hi Pat!

      Thanks for the feedback, my friend. Yes, HDRSoft has been quiet, or maybe they did not shout loud enough.

      I still like the software and the images it produces. But they have to step up their game a few notches to stay in the game.

      Take care

  6. Tim Peterson says:

    Can it be used on ink-watercolor drawing with some success?
    Enjoy your hand held interiors. Thanks, dornybars

  7. Judith says:

    Thank you very interesting appreciated your honest opinion..

  8. Alistair McNaughton says:

    Thanks for the review. Having Nik HDR not sure whether to purchase Photomatix

    • farbspiel says:

      Hi Alistair,

      you may want to download the free Beta and give it a try to see if it’s useful for you.

      It’s a good chance to try before you buy.


  9. Mustang Joe says:

    An excellent summary Klaus and I agree with your assessment about it feeling more like a 4.3 than a 5.0 release. Like you, I was expecting more. One change that I was hoping to see was the ability to scroll around the de-ghosting window using the mouse. Holding the space bar while click-dragging would be much nicer than using the scroll bars. An update to the UI is needed as it seems dated compared to alternatives like Nik’s HDR Efex Pro and SNS HDR.

  10. jim embury says:

    Really good summary Klaus. Thank you. I am working between Photomatix and HDR Efex Pro. Different outcomes at times between the two. Keep up the good work. Cheers, Jim E Perth, Australia

  11. Ed Federer says:

    As usual, you are spot on and I really enjoy your website and training.



    Melbourne, Florida U.S.A.

  12. A wonderful sharp overview on the new features Klaus, I found it very helpful. I hope they are listening to you with regards to the improvements needed, they are all very true.

    Best Regards,

    Pete Halewood

  13. ade says:

    Am I missing something here?! The main thing I wanted that no one seems to be mentioning is manual deghosting for batch processing. For panoramas, dealing with many images that require manual deghosting.
    Why cant we select our images in batch, then be able to manual deghost before leaving it to batch process.
    If you need to manual deghost, batch processing is effectively not available?

  14. José Parcerisa V says:

    Hi Klauss, extraordinary explanation as usual. I remember you have a tutorial you explain the reason Photomatix sometimes shows a image as a pink color and you can not process it, I can not find this tutorial, could you pls help me?
    Thank you very much.
    Your friend José

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