I’ve been playing around with $g(Nikon Capture) tweaking some of the photos I took in the desert and noticed a substantial difference in the quality of exported JPG images as compared to Google’s $g(Picasa). Using the default settings you can see that the Picasa version is very washed out and dull whereas the Capture version is much brighter with more detail. (see update below where I screwed up)
|Exported using Google’s Picasa||Exported using Nikon Capture|
Last year I used several exported photos from Picasa of the kids to make up our holiday greeting card and we weren’t very happy with the final results as they were dull just didn’t look good at all. This year I used Capture and the results were much better. Lesson learned.
[UPDATE: Dec 11, 2007] I screwed up. I guess that’s what you get when you post at 12:30am. The original Nikon image I posted had Auto Contrast turned on. I’ve since updated the image which is now a straight export of the Nikon NEF file from Capture with the only tweak being a resize. Thanks to people’s comments I went back and double checked.