I agree, it would be terrific to open a Consumer Reports magazine and see all of the color systems lined up, with a “Best Buy” tag next to the top choice. But it’s a moving target, and not that easy to sort out the fiction from the facts. One of the reasons that makes forums like this so valuable.
I agree with you Joseph, now that a 4K debayer from a $30,000 Apple Color is indistinguishable from a $650,000 Resolve, or a $5oo,ooo Pablo, or a $300,000 Nucoda, or a $180,000 Lustre, or a $120,000 Scratch, nothing wrong with consumer in my book.
I’ve had experience on both Nucoda and DaVinci but I am not a colorist. It’s really hard to say which product is better as both are good products and each have their strengths and weaknesses. You really need to arrange for a demo and have a hands on to get a feel of the grading panel and how easy it is to access the various functions directly from the panel as you’re going to spend many hours on it.
Other things you’ll need to consider are the grading features, formats support, speed and whether real time is critical for you as some products deploys background render while others uses GPU for real time performance.
And then of course the million dollar question is the cost…which product meets your budget and offers the features that you need at that budget.
As you may have already read here, DaVinci has recently been acquired by Blackmagic Design so things are likely to change so if you don’t need to make a decision now, I’d recommend that you hang on till perhaps end of the year and see how things progress for DaVinci during this period. I’m sure there’ll be exciting things lined up for the product under the new management team.