Radiant Photo review

Radiant Photo promises to transform photos with a single click. And you know what? It actually does

Radiant Photo
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

We’ve seen lots of photo editors and plug-ins that claim to produce perfect photos automatically and never quite do, and lots of experienced users will be wondering what Radiant Photo can do that a few levels adjustments and a bit of sharpening can’t. Well, we were surprised and we think you may be too. Even if we could replicate some of Radiant Photos’ AI-driven results manually, this software’s time-saving alone would still make it worth it.


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    Dramatic improvements with a single click

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    Rejects can become keepers!

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    Includes presets and portrait controls

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    Results can be hard to match manually

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    Results are bright, vibrant, crisp and realistic


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    Seems quite expensive

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    Processing takes a few seconds

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    Not every image will benefit

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Let’s not mention any names, but there are already programs which promise to leverage the power of AI to transform your images into masterpieces – but with the emphasis firmly on ‘reality enhancement’ rather than image quality.

Radiant Photo is rather different. It doesn’t attempt to change what you’re looking at but instead optimizes the colors and tones on a pixel by pixel basis to recreate scenes as our eyes see them. Human vision isn’t like a camera. Our eyes and brains use their own HDR, sharpening and color corrections, which cameras don’t have. It might be going too far to say Radiant Photo tries to recreate what our eyes ‘see’, but it’s not far off.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com