HDRinstant review

With HDRinstant you can grab stills from your video footage and create HDR images from bracketed images merged by the software

(Image: © James Abbott)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The concept behind HDRinstant is interesting because it provides a way to quickly and easily maximise detail in stills captured from video footage using tone compression to create HDR images. Results vary depending on the footage used, and the best results come from videos where highlight detail has been maintained or the video is slightly underexposed. The best results also come from manual control rather than using the 13 presets.


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    An interesting concept

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    Easy to use

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    Tutorials and guides available

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    Inexpensive software


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    Lightroom plugin only captures stills

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    Results vary between videos

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    Presets aren’t particularly attractive

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    Performs a task advanced users could achieve themselves

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Capturing reasonable quality stills from video has been possible since the addition of 4K video functionality in consumer-level cameras, so the idea isn’t a new concept. What is, however, is the ability to create HDR images with ease using stills taken from video, and that’s exactly what HDRinstant does.

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James Abbott

James Abbott is a landscape and portrait photographer based in Cambridge. He’s also an experienced photography journalist specializing in camera skills and Photoshop techniques. He is also a CAA-approved drone pilot and professional aerial photographer.