I used to think that there wasn’t much difference between different RAW processors, and I used Lightroom most for convenience, and its quick support of new cameras. However, over the last few weeks I have been experimenting, and I’ve some to the conclusion that there are some differences, and although they may not be major, they are significant. Lightroom is still for me by far the most convenient way of previewing, rating and selecting images, and it is also a convenient way of processing images quickly. However, I have to say that I don’t always get the best results from LR compared with two other RAW processors I’ve been trying. I believe that the team at Adobe almost all use Canon cameras, so perhaps it is the fact that I don’t use Canon that explains this.
The trouble is that when looking for the ‘best’ processing of RAW images, those from some cameras work best for me with one RAW processor, and those from other cameras work best with another RAW processor! DXOptics Pro seems outstanding with Nikon 1 images, but has the significant drawback that it won’t process Fuji X images, while CaptureOne works rather well with Fuji and several other RAW formats.
This is perhaps another case of horses for courses (and perhaps jockeys/the photographer). I shall certainly stay with LR for the rating and selection of images (I find it much more convenient for this that any alternatives I’ve tried), but for processing the images I like most, I may well use other RAW programs in future.