Do you like Lightroom’s new import screen? That’s what I thought. It turns out that in addition to the import being over simplified for some and too complicated for others, it is the slowest (by far) from the competing photo management applications out there.
How much slower? Jim Harmer of improve photography took Lightroom for a spin of import, comparing it to 3 other popular image management suites: Capture One, Photo Mechanic and Apple’s Photos App. Each contestant would have to import and generate full previews for 97 random files. The results absolutely blew me away. Never using anything else other than Lightroom I thought that the import and preview generation time was inherent to the process but Jim’s test shows results up to 20 times faster with other programs.