g: 0 Posted By: remick
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DxO Optics Pro 8 review (not mine)
I've been using DxO since version 5 in 2008, and Lightroom since version 2. DxO used to be way ahead of LR in terms of processing because the idea of automatically correcting lens distortion for every lens and body was the foundation of DxO. It was only introduced much later in LR. I don't use the two programs together because i feel they're quite redundant today, but a lot of people used to have complicated workflows where they imported pictures in LR, processed them for geometry in DxO and made the final export out of LR again. It was a mess.
LR offers today the same corrections so DxO loses its edge there. However, i think LR as of now is bloatware, with a lot of album and export functions that are likely useful to the wedding or event photographer but not to the hobbyist. I wouldn't mind except that LR is one of the least optimized photo software in terms of speed. Each new version is slower than the previous one, and i'm annoyed by the fact that it literally requires a supercomputer to run decently. If you don't agree with me, i invite you to download and try Oloneo PhotoEngine to see how fast photo processing can run when it's well written software (that one does HDR in realtime without GPU assistance).
Anyway, DxO also requires a heavy computing platform, but its remaining strength is batch processing. I prefer the LR interface to edit a single picture, but if you need a hundred pictures to look nice and don't have the time to tweak them individually, DxO is the way to go. The PRIME noise reduction feature in DxO 9 is light-Years Ahead of LR. It takes so much time that it's really reserved for that one special picture you need to salvage, not for your regular workflow, but it's incredible. I'll try to post an example when i find it. Please note that feature was introduced in version 9.
I noticed the DxO 8 license offered above is not upgradeable. Everybody interested in DxO should try it, but don't rush to buy version 9 yet, try it first too. Considering their release schedule, i'm also fairly certain that version 10 is due in the next couple of months, if not weeks.
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