CNET Editors' review
HDR photography involves combining multiple photographs taken at different exposures into one image that contains greater detail in highlights, midtones, and shadows than any single exposure can provide. Fusion is a simple program that makes it easy to perform this task, although we were left with a few lingering questions about the program's operation.
Fusion's interface is plain and fairly easy to navigate, with a selection of buttons and menus across the top. It was easy to select the images that we wanted to work with. The program pulled up metadata for each image, allowing you to check exposure settings. Once the images are aligned--a process made painless by the autoalignment tool--you can choose either a summation module or an HDR module. The summation module allows you to prioritize certain characteristics of the image, such as sharpness, contrast, color saturation, and so on. The HDR module is more typical of other HDR programs, with tone-mapping parameters that allow you to balance highlights, midtones, and shadows individually. We tried the program with several sets of images at different exposures and we were quite impressed with the results. The HDR images were every bit as good as one would get from higher-end software. Our main complaint about Fusion was that the images did not display at full size while in the summation and HDR modules. We also found the online Help file to be fairly useless; new users will likely have questions that it doesn't answer. Fusion would also be improved by giving you the ability to crop images within the application, a task that's often necessary when the original images are not in full alignment. Despite these criticisms, overall we liked Fusion very much. Anyone looking for a reasonably lightweight and easy-to-use HDR utility should check it out.
From Nick Shorin:
Fusion allows to enhance the details and increase local contrast in digital photos. The best result can be achieved when you process multiple images of the same scene taken at different exposures. The program also allows processing of single photos in RAW, TIFF or JPEG formats. Merging of exposures and processing can be done by one of the operators: HDR or Summation With Priorities. Batch processing allows to process series of photos in an automatic mode by applying the same parameters to each merge.
What's new in this version: Version 2.6.2 improved HDR operator.
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"I love it easy and brilliant"
Version: Fusion 2.2.1
Very easy to use, great results subtle to full on hdrs
"Quick and Easy and works!"
Version: Fusion 1.2.5
Easy to use. Presets. Download to first image out in less than five minutres. Simple but does what it says. Small file download. Wanted to write a review since not too many people have downloaded and its a great little program. Great job!
None that I can see yet. Not enough help within program (but its free!).
I consider myself to be an advanced computer user but love simple programs that do the job. This is one of those programs. I am starting HDR and want to get a taste of it first. Does not take up a lot of space and does what it says. Merged the pictures and gave me a great merged image. It made two OK pictures turn out to one perfect. Didn't see any reviews and wanted to help anyone looking to start doing DHR. With the huge amount of disk space programs take nowadays, it's great to see a small program that does big things. Download it and try it out. You will be doing HDR pictures in no time. Keep up the great work.
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