I am not a professional 3D Artist, but nontheless I love and adore Carrara and never want to use anything else to give my ideas a visual life.
http://rhian-skyblade.deviantart.com/gallery/ (nothing too amazing - but yet more as I could ever hope to do by simply drawing…)
As I wrote several times, already.
1) Interface and Useability
Carrara has a very slender and easy to use User Interface. It’s an overall very tidy 3D application. I do not feel intimidated or annoyed by the symbols or menu… unlike with Poser and DazStudio…
Yes yes, there are a few things that could be better - however, there is always room for improvement. For example “live” preview of the deformer and particle/fire/water feature in Carrara. But I haven’t died without it yet and still like Carrara better than Poser and DazStudio.
2) Modelling and Manipulating Meshes
Carrara allows me to manipulate meshes from models, creating something “unique” or different out of things many others use too.
In Poser and dazStudio I can’t do it at such a delicate level…
I also can do my models in Carrara ... and I got myself now also ZBrush and GoZ… which makes it even more fun!!!! (Hopefully GoZ will be compatible with Carrara 8.5)
Posing my Characters - no matter if creature or humanoid - is much easier, faster and allows more flexibility than Poser and DazStudio can do with their clumsy bulky shiny pixle wasting and uncomfortable UI…
I love the Carrara Shader. Imho I never have seen anything better and more comfortable.
Yes, several programs have something similar - but honestly… not as comfortable and intuitive as Carrara offers it.
I didn’t really like it in Vue and Bryce very much…
5) All in One
Carrara can do pretty good landscaping, vegetation and skies by itself (yes Vue does better skies, but still).
Poser and Daz more or less require additional products to do that… and most of it bases on a skydome and texture…(that’s at least my experience from the past)
I can use my Poser and Daz Products in Carrara - and even make them look much better than in Poser or DazStudio.
I do not deny that Poser or DazStudio can get some very good and cool results…. though, Carrara allows more fexlibility and more possibilities when it comes to textures, shading and creating my own shader domains on a model.
My 2 cent