Photomatix Essentials Photomatix Pro Photomatix Pro Bundle

US$39

one-time purchase

US$99

one-time purchase

US$119

one-time purchase

4 HDR styles 6 HDR styles 6 HDR styles
30 HDR presets and 33 HDR settings 40 HDR presets and 70 HDR settings 40 HDR presets and 70 HDR settings
Alignment of hand-held photos Alignment of hand-held photos Alignment of hand-held photos
Automatic ghost removal Advanced ghost removal tools Advanced ghost removal tools
  Batch Processing Batch Processing
Brush Tool Brush Tool
  Options for real estate photography Options for real estate photography
  Plugin for loading photos from Lightroom Plugin for loading photos from Lightroom
    + HDR Batch Plugin for Lightroom
    +  Tone Mapping Plugin for Photoshop

Features detailed

  Photomatix Essentials Photomatix Pro
Merge to HDR
Maximum number of bracketed photos per set 5 Unlimited
HDR "Look" with a Single Photo
Native RAW support
Details Enhancer HDR style (Tone Mapping)
Contrast Optimizer HDR style (Tone Mapping)
Tone Balancer HDR style (Tone Mapping)
Tone Compressor HDR style (Tone Mapping)
Fusion/Natural HDR style (Exposure Fusion)
Fusion/Interior HDR style (Exposure Fusion) -
Exposure Fusion from a single RAW file -
Advanced HDR settings -
Individual color adjustments -
Brush Tool -
Blend with original and source exposures -
Finishing (Sharpening & Contrast)
Crop Tool
Straightening Tool -
Undo HDR adjustments
Saving & loading custom presets
Thumbnails of built-in presets
Thumbnails of custom presets -
Favorite presets -
Preset thumbnails display options (larger size & 2 columns) -
Histogram -
Noise reduction
Automatic alignment of hand-held photos
Automatic ghost removal
Selective ghost removal tool -
Chromatic Aberrations reduction -
Automatic lens correction of RAW files -
Batch Bracketed Photos -
Batch Single Photos -
Opens & saves in 32-bit HDR image formats -
Color managed workflow
Plugin to export from Lightroom -

You can also compare Photomatix Pro and Essentials visually through their videos.

Note: If you buy a license of Photomatix Essentials, you can later upgrade to Photomatix Pro for the US$60 price difference between both products.