DxO Optics Pro Review

article by Lei X. author April 05, 2017
our score
Among the best photo editor programs, DxO Optics Pro features a range of exclusive image optimization features.
pros
  • Superb noise reduction features
  • Auto correction functionality based on lens and camera characteristics
  • Haze removal
  • Clear user interface
  • Direct exporting of images to social media
cons
  • Higher price point
  • Several new cameras not supported by the software
  • Noise reduction on raw images can take time to edit
DxO Optics Pro is great for sprucing up your pics. A must-have in your photo editing kit.
Lei X., author
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Setup and Interface PC Compatibility Requirements

The technical specifications for DxO Optics Pro require the following from Windows PCs:

  1. A minimum of an Intel Core® 2 Duo, AMD Athlon™ 64 x 2 processor with a minimum of 4 GB of RAM, but 8 GB is recommended.
  2. At least 2 GB of hard disk space is required, but 6 GB is recommended.
  3. The software runs on Windows 7-10.

DxO Optics pro also runs on Mac operating systems with at least an Intel Core™ i5+. The software is compatible with OS X 10.11 El Capitan and OS X 10.10, Yosemite. RAM requirements are the same as Windows.

Setup Setup

Purchasing DxO Optics Pro entitles the user to set up the software on two computers (three for the Elite edition). In order to activate the software, the 16-key alphanumeric character key must be copied and pasted into the activation screen. The program is available in a demo mode, and once the 30-day time limit has expired, users will be able to try the upgraded versions for a further 30-day period. Once the trial period has ended, the software will still function on your PC, but a watermark will be attached to your images. To remove the watermarks, the software must be purchased.

User Interface User Interface

The user interface for DxO Optics pro is crisp and clean. There are 2 types of modes for the software, Customize and Organize. All editing and fine tuning functions are performed in the Customize mode. Users can enjoy side-by-side comparisons between edited and original images.

The user interface offers a degree of customization, with border colors (from white to black, or grey) and the full screen view. Image rotation buttons are absent from the user interface, but you can perform those functions with the right-click menu. Keyboard shortcuts are also available with this software, making it a lot easier to use. As one of the best photo editing software programs on the market, DxO Optics Pro is ideally suited to experts, but novices can also play around with the software to sharpen their skills.

Editing Tools

The range of editing tools available with DxO includes color uniformity rendering, 1-click removal of dust and other particles, anti-moire functions, and haze removal. These functions can be processed for individual images and batches of photos.

The DxO denoising technology optimizes the quality of photos. Thanks to advanced algorithmic code, it can read camera calibration and differentiate between fine details of the image and noise. The pixel-reading technology identifies similarities, combines the information and then churns out perfectly denoised photographs.

Automated image corrections in this software support 30,000 optics module combinations, which can be easily downloaded. DxO Optics Pro automatically applies these corrections based on the precise photographic equipment being used. Any optical defects in the pictures – like lens softness, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and distortion – are instantly corrected.

Features and Specifications Features and Specifications

Image sorting is another useful tool that allows for organization based on virtual copy numbers, processing status of the images, camera type and ISO values. The software also allows for integrated printing with total control over rendering mode, photographic layout, color profile, sharpness and the like.

Import and Export Options

As soon as your photographs have been edited, the software allows you to export them directly to a hard drive or to select social media platforms (Flickr and Facebook). Exporting to social media is limited in some ways. With Facebook, for instance, you can choose a target album, but no direct tagging or privacy level adjustment is possible.

Pricing Pricing

The software is available to users in a 30-day trial mode, or it can be purchased outright. The Essential Edition of DxO Optics Pro is available at $99, reduced from $129. The Elite Edition is available at a price of $149, reduced from $199.

Bottom Line Bottom Line

DxO Optics Pro is a superb editing tool for professional photographic editors. They may even consider this to be the best photo editing app on the market. It offers multiple unique features to automatically enhance images, saving photographers an enormous amount of time. Its photo organization and management capacities may not be on par with its editing chops, but it is absolutely worth trying out nonetheless.