Silkypix supports most digital SLR’s including the Nikon D80 and the Canon Digital Rebel Xti / 400D and has a very useful set of controls including film simulation presets, 2 monochrome modes and noise reduction. Some of the translation of terms from Japanese is quirky - you can store your own presets in Cloakroom 1, 2 or 3 - but easily understood. I was a little disappointed that it’s results with the Nikon D70 files I tested first, were OK rather than up with the best - Silkypix is best for Canon CR2 files.
In particular results with the Nikon D70 files showed more pronounced jagged edges on diagonal straight lines, than other packages, and more obvious color noise at 1600 ISO than I expected. Results were OK, just not the best in any area.
For Canon users the story is rather different though. Results with the Canon EOS 20D and 30D files I’ve tested so far are very good. Although Canon’s own DPP V3 probably extracts the absolute maximum detail from Canon RAW CR2 files, Silkypix is much nicer to use and delivers lovely smooth tones. So if you shoot portraits in particular, check out Silkypix - It’s worth getting to know.
Silkypix is good enough to be a potential replacement for RawShooter Essentials for Canon digital SLR owners - There is not only a free version for Windows but one for Mac users too. Another plus is that Silkypix supports a very wide range of cameras - far more than RawShooter did - and the list keeps growing. .