Quick DxO Optics Pro V6.2 preview
DxO Optics Pro finally makes it to V6, for the Apple Mac version we use for some of our work.
I’ve been testing aspects of it for a while and hope to have a longer review before too long. It’s a processing program that I may not use for all my day to day work, but for individual images (often for large prints) it can make a real difference.
One area where I’ve really noticed the improvement is in handling of noise.
The photo of Polish jazz singer Anna Maria Jopek was taken in a club in London in 2006 with my old Canon 1Ds set to its maximum ISO of 1250.
I was working on the RAW file again, to make a large print for a Polish friend of mine’s new house.
Shot at 1250 ISO in dim lighting, there is a lot of noise in the file. [Canon 1Ds + 70-200 2.8L IS 1/40th @ f/2.8]
The B/W conversion is made using Nik Silver Efex pro [review], but the raw file was converted using DxO Optics Pro V6.2 on the Mac.
I’ll look into further aspects of the software, for a longer review. However I thought I’d just show a quick example of the improvement in RAW processing.
Up until recently I’ve stuck with Photoshop CS3, so the first version is a 100% crop of the image, as processed normally in Camera Raw for CS3
The second is processed in DxO 6.2
I’ll need to have a more careful look, but from some of my 1Ds and 1Ds3 images i definitely notice a bit more fine detail too.
By the time I can get round to a more thorough review, I should have Photoshop CS5, so the comparisons should be a bit more up to date.
In the past I’ve always found that DxO Optics pro was just a bit too far from my normal workflow and a bit slow for ‘day to day’ use. It has however been the tool that I’ve used by choice for many of my larger ‘one off’ works.
Previous DxO reviews: DxO Optics Pro V5.3 – includes links to reviews of all previous versions
DxO Press info with V6.2 features
New features of version 6.2 for Mac users Version 6 offers Mac users access to:
- The latest noise-suppression technologies, resulting in remarkably high-quality photos at normal ISOs, or even pushing the sensitivity above current limits – up to one or two stops above the usual settings, without noticeable loss of image quality;
- Manual optics correction control for lenses that have not yet been calibrated, and supplementary control of high spatial frequencies for greater preservation of details in an image;
- A user interface redesigned for easier handling by new users, and optimised work flow for greater productivity for expert and professional photographers;
- Support for the following cameras: Pentax K-7, Sony Alpha DSLR-A500, Sony Alpha DSLR-A550, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1.
New features of version 6.2 for Mac and Windows users This version brings to Mac and Windows users many improvements in terms of interface and features, including:
- Simplified and improved user interface that makes the software even more intuitive to use;
- A new default preset that offers a better sharpening of the smallest details;
- A new automatic denoising setting that restores even more RAW image details;
- XMP data conservation to allow better integration with Adobe Lightroom;
- New and improved shortcuts;
- Improved stability.
More info and upgrades/offers at dxo.com
— Note that Keith has been involved with occasional beta testing of the Apple Mac versions of DxO Optics Pro for several years, but has no commercial connections with DxO whatsoever —