5 best photo viewers for Windows 10

Image viewers are designed to display photos in a wide variety of formats. Read detailed information about pictures, including geodata, view histograms, and batch rename and resize them. Some solutions allow you to edit images, create slideshows, and compare photos side-by-side.

Main features  
Red-eye effect removal tool  
Navigation views  
View metadata  
Supports plug-ins  
Supported OS  
Batch rename/convert/edit images, add photo effects, create slideshows, take screenshots
Yes
Directory-tree, favourites, categories
IPTC, Exif, JPEG comment
Yes
Mac, Linux, Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP/2000
Batch convert/resize/edit images, add photo effects, create slideshows, play video/audio
Yes
Directory-tree, search results
EXIF/IPTC/Comment text
Yes
Windows 10/8/7/Server 2008/Vista/XP/2000
Add transition effects, create slideshows, view archives, bookmark images
No
Directory-tree, back/forth navigation, thumbnails
EXIF
No
Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP
Batch edit/convert images, compare two images, add photo effects, create slideshows
Yes
Directory-tree, back/forth navigation, bookmarks
EXIF/JPEG comment
No
Windows 10/8/7/Server 2008/Vista/XP/2000
Batch edit images, compare two images, add photo effects, create slideshows
No
Directory-tree, thumbnails
EXIF
No
Mac, Linux, Windows 10/8/7/ Vista, FreeBSD, OS/2
XnView
XnView
6 (67%) 3 (33%)
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It is a free image viewer that handles over 500 file formats, such as JPG, PNG, TIFF, ICO, PDF, GIFs, PSD, EPS, SVG, etc. Additionally, it organizes pictures and provides basic manipulating tools to crop, resize, and adjust the orientation of your pictures as well as apply photo effects. Switch between Slideshow, Thumbnail, and Full-Screen viewing modes. XnView is available for Windows, MacOS and Linux.
Features
  • Supports over 500 formats
  • Several viewing modes
  • Batch renaming and converting options
  • Screen capture option
  • Built-in folder tree
Advantages
  • Batch conversion
  • Red-eye removal tools
  • Support for video playing
  • Sharpen, blur, adjust brightness
Disadvantages
  • Can't identify a format if you change the extension in a file title
  • Free only for personal or educational uses
Official website:
xnview.com
IrfanView
IrfanView
5 (63%) 3 (37%)
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IrfanView supports viewing of a broad array of image file formats (BMP, SVG, EMF, GIF, HEIC, RAW, JPG, etc). Change the size of your photos and crop them, remove the red-eye effect, and convert between multiple image types. Extend the functionality of this image viewer via various plug-ins and add such options as video and audio file playback, advanced image enhancements tools, and a slideshow feature. Use IrfanView for free on your Windows PC.
Features
  • Batch renaming and converting option
  • Basic editing tools
  • Thumbnail image viewer
  • Handles a broad array of multimedia formats
  • Creates custom slideshows
  • Grabs screenshots
  • Adds text to image
Advantages
  • Supports lots of plugins 
  • Panorama view
  • Plays video and audio files
  • Comes with image effects
  • Toolbar skin options
  • Provides drawing tools
Disadvantages
  • No image type filter
  • Issues with GIF viewing
Official website:
irfanview.com
HoneyView
HoneyView
3 (100%) 0 (0%)
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It can open a huge array of common and RAW image formats, as well as offers an option to view archives in ZIP, RAR, 7Z, LZH, TAR, ALZ, and EGG types without extraction. Bookmark photos for future reference, generate slideshows and apply multiple transition effects. Switch between different viewing modes, including Fill and Parallel, and view pictures with GPS data on Google Maps to check the location. It's provided for Windows for free.
Features
  • Several viewing modes
  • Supports a wide range of common and RAW formats
  • Batch conversion with resizing
  • Generate slideshows
Advantages
  • Comes with a portable version
  • Previews images in compressed folders and archives
  • Displays EXIF data
  • Supports bookmarks
  • Multiple transition effects for slideshows
Disadvantages
  • Zooming is too abrupt
  • No option to use themes on the portable version
  • Limited editing tools
Official website:
en.bandisoft.com
FastStone Image Viewer
FastStone Image Viewer
7 (100%) 0 (0%)
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It provides multiple tools to view, browse, modify, and convert images in myriads of formats. Capture screenshots, compare photos and organize your pictures into slideshows with transitional effects and music background. Crop, resize and annotate images, work with scanned documents, and read a photo histogram. It's free of charge and works on Windows PC.
Features
  • Imports multimedia files from external devices
  • Thumbnail image view
  • Basic manipulating features
  • Shows image histograms
  • Creates slideshows
  • Captures screenshots
Advantages
  • Compares images side-by-side
  • Multiple image filters
  • Comes with Clone and Heal tools
  • Over 100 transition effects for slideshows
  • Annotates images
  • Handles videos
Disadvantages
  • Poor support
  • Cannot properly handle the SIGMA X3F RAW format
  • Slows down when processing images of big size and RAW files
Official website:
faststone.org
nomacs
nomacs
1 (100%) 0 (0%)
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View your images as well as perform several basic editing operations, like cropping, rotating, resizing, and tweaking brightness and contrast parameters. The solution handles a wide range of image formats including RAW and PSD files. Zoom pictures in and out, compare them, view thumbnails, read the metadata, and check the histogram of your pictures. It's open source and available for Windows, macOS and Linux.
Features
  • Supports a wide range of formats
  • Detailed view of image metadata
  • Batch image processing
  • Saves screenshots automatically
  • Thumbnail Image view
Advantages
  • Compares two images
  • Frameless view option
  • Customizable hot keys
  • Pseudo color filter
  • Displays histograms
    • Supports plug-ins
Disadvantages
  • The settings are reset to default after updates
  • The zoom level is inconsistent
Official website:
nomacs.org

Conclusion

The two leaders of our selection are XnView and IrfanView. Both solutions offer comprehensive functionality and extra tools. What tools do you prefer to use for image viewing and why? Please share your opinion with us and we will add your solution to our comparison list.

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