DxO’s advanced photo editing software has a new version, DxO PhotoLab 2.2, featuring improved performance and additional camera and lens support.
A series of new modules
Version 2.2 of DxO PhotoLab completes its offer for Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony with the following modules:
- Panasonic Leica DG Vario 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH
- Pentax-D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW
- Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 for Sony FE
- Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art for Nikon F
- Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN C for Sony E
- Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di USD (F012) for Sony Alpha
- Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di USD (F013) for Sony Alpha
- Zeiss Milvus 25mm F1.4 ZE for Canon EF
- Zeiss Milvus 25mm F1.4 ZF.2 for Nikon F
- Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F2 for Nikon F
- Zeiss Loxia 25mm F2.4 for Sony FE
The company claims that “thanks to the high-quality RAW conversion technology included in DxO PhotoLab 2 and DxO’s scientific calibration process, the photos taken with these devices will be automatically corrected for any optical flaws, such as distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and a lack of sharpness.”
The improvements in DxO PhotoLab have a goal: the company aims to make the software the choice for many users, and is trying to promote it a complete image-production workflow, able to compete with the popular solutions, from Lightroom to Capture One. Easier image and photo data management is a key element here, and DxO introduced previously a brand-new image and data management system that lets users search for, select, sort, and display images, DxO PhotoLibrary.
Better image search
The DxO PhotoLab 2.1 version improved its image management system by optimizing its database architecture, resulting in significantly faster searches. The Windows version of the software now offers a more detailed search history feature. Any image searches are now saved and available with just one click, even if a new user session is opened. DxO PhotoLab 2.1 also added a file indexing feature to the macOS version of the software, following what was already available on the windows version. This makes the workflow faster in macOS than it was until now.
In terms of photo editing, DxO PhotoLab offers, says the company, “an advanced RAW and JPEG editing solution based on powerful optical corrections and exclusive, automatic correction tools. These tools include the de-noising feature DxO PRIME, the smart exposure optimization feature DxO Smart Lighting, and DxO ClearView Plus, a revolutionary tool that removes haze and increases local contrast within the image.”
Two versions: ESSENTIAL and ELITE
To allow photographers to apply local edits, DxO incorporated Nik Software‘s U Point technology into DxO PhotoLab. This local editing technology lets users perform complex selections, which used to require a significant amount of time and painstaking manual brush work, in just a few clicks. DxO PhotoLab is, according to DxO, the only software to fully integrate U Point technology within a non-destructive RAW workflow.
Lastly, with the introduction of DxO PhotoLibrary, DxO PhotoLab now offers search functions that let users select, sort, and display images based on various criteria. With this latest addition, DxO PhotoLab offers an even more complete photo-editing solution.
DxO PhotoLab 2 users can download this update for free. DxO is quick to point out that “you do not need a subscription to use DxO PhotoLab 2” and that users can install the program on two computers with the DxO PhotoLab 2 ESSENTIAL Edition (priced at $129) or on three computers with the DxO PhotoLab 2 ELITE Edition (priced at $199). Photographers with a license for DxO OpticsPro or PhotoLab 1 can purchase an upgrade license for DxO PhotoLab 2 by signing into their customer account. There is also a fully-functional, one-month trial version of DxO PhotoLab 2 available on the DxO website.