DxO OpticsPro 10

DxO OpticsPro 10
Developed by: MAGIX
Ranked: 5th
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Best price: $89.99
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Stephen
Qualtrough

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Review summary

Good points DxO OpticsPro 10 review good points

• Great auto-correct process linked to camera & lens type

• Haze remover

• Superb noise removal

• Easy to use interface

Bad points DxO OpticsPro 10 review bad points

• No organizational or categorization tools

• Not all pro cameras are supported

Our verdict

Serious photographers take note: DxO OpticsPro 10 is designed for you. Instantly correct defects in your images with the software’s powerful optical correction, lighting and exposure optimization tools. DxO OpticsPro is aimed firmly at advanced photo editors and professional photographers, with the detailed and complex tools you need when working with images on a daily basis.




Full review

DxO OpticsPro automatically adjusts your images based on your camera and lens type. The image adjustments you get from this software are impressive after just one click, and if you explore the advanced configuration options you can produce some stunning final results.

Setup

This program is heavy – you need 4 GB of RAM (up to 8 GB is recommended) and 2 GB of available disk space (up to 6 GB is recommended). DxO OpticsPro also requires compatible graphics card and Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or higher.

Importing

Work directly with RAW image files or JPEG files imported from your DSLR or your point-and-shoot. The software automatically detects the equipment you have used and adds in adjustments for the shooting conditions in order to apply corrections automatically to your images.

Photo editing

The Prime de-noising technology you find in DxO OpticsPro is top of the range. “Prime” expertly differentiates between detail and noise in RAW image files shot in low light or at fast speeds, leaving the color levels and the detail well-preserved. And the new ClearView feature in OpticsPro is perfect for landscape photographers as it removes haze from landscapes and smog from cityscapes. It does this automatically so you don’t need to finely tune your image. Advanced-level editing includes the means of adjusting the foreground and the background separately.

DxO OpticsPro also includes tools to remove the distortion at the edges of images when taken using a wide-angle lens, adjust sharpness, and make individual adjustments to different ranges of light – highlights, midtones, shadows, and blacks. With color rendering you can use your own camera’s settings or choose the settings of another camera so you can batch-match photos taken with different equipment.

You are unlikely to need this level of detailed photo editing for family snaps and pictures of your pets, but for professionals we think it’s perfect.

Features

DxO FilmPack is a separate (purchased) plugin that recreates the image quality and look of traditional film photography, supporting a large number of different film types. Here you can use the preset overlays and add frames and effects. Batch processing is simple using DxO and you can apply a range of corrections from sharpness to color across a batch of image files.

Organizing

This is where DxO falls down. You don’t get any organizational, tagging, or categorization tools with this program so you need to look elsewhere to control your workflow and keep track of your images. If you work with Adobe Lightroom you can directly export and import to DxO OpticsPro, so these two programs make an ideal pro package.

Sharing

The export function in DxO OpticsPro is a quick and easy way to export your images to disc, other retouching software, or to Flickr or Facebook. We like that the program works particularly well with Flickr, pulling in previously used albums and tags to choose from and allowing you to set privacy levels. You cannot email images very easily, however. And there are very few printing options to choose from.

Ease of use

While the tools may carry out complex functions, the interface of DxO OpticsPro is easy to use. Everything is laid out logically, and a number of one-step features help keep the work you need to do to a minimum. However, pro photographers will find a wealth of ways to customize and control image editing and formatting in the OpticsPro software package.

Help & support

Find quick help as you navigate the software from the buttons attached to each of the features. The online resources contain some quick-start guides and also the full user manual. And the DxO Academy has videos, tutorials, webinars, and tips. In addition you can contact the support center by email.

Overall

DxO doesn’t work miracles but it does have the potential to transform a good photo into an amazing image – and the best thing is, you can get this effect automatically. Choose DxO OpticsPro if you want to reduce the noise in your images and optimize them to their full capacity. DxO OpticsPro 10 is a choice for the advanced editor.



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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 4 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 4 for Setup
Importing
 received a rating of 4 for Importing
Photo editing
 received a rating of 5 for Photo editing
Features
 received a rating of 5 for Features
Organizing
 received a rating of 4 for Organizing
Sharing
 received a rating of 4 for Sharing
Ease of use
 received a rating of 4 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 5 for Help & support