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Personal review of DXO Photolab 5

  
 
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I am not a power user, just a weekend warrior, and would very much like to use DxO (with NIK) exclusively. I just upgraded to ver 5, but I also recently swapped camera gear from Sony to the new Oly OM-1 system (incredible gear BTW - small, light, very advanced tech, weatherproof). No problem with LR and Photoshop, but DXO does not recognize the new RAW extension .ORF. I asked them when and got the "it's on the list but no date" reply. I would think software companies would be used to adding new RAW support, there must be hundreds of variations by now.
Very frustrating.



Apr 02, 2022 at 09:02 AM
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DXO is indeed slower than C1 and LR to release their updates for camera bodies and lenses. Apparently they make calculations for distorsion and vignetting for every camera. So I guess that after making their neutral profile for the new camera, they also have to check the behavior of the lenses, they don't just copy paste their previous measurements. And they don't use the manufacturer profiles for distorsion and vignetting. Be careful however, they won't hesitate to make you pay for the future DPL6 to get that update even if the camera is already a few months old...

dulebohn wrote:
I am not a power user, just a weekend warrior, and would very much like to use DxO (with NIK) exclusively. I just upgraded to ver 5, but I also recently swapped camera gear from Sony to the new Oly OM-1 system (incredible gear BTW - small, light, very advanced tech, weatherproof). No problem with LR and Photoshop, but DXO does not recognize the new RAW extension .ORF. I asked them when and got the "it's on the list but no date" reply. I would think software companies would be used to adding new RAW support, there must be hundreds
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Apr 03, 2022 at 05:30 AM
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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · Personal review of DXO Photolab 5


Chris Dees wrote:
Nice write-up. 👍🏻

I upgraded from PL4 to PL5 and found an issue.
With PL5 I canít see my ratings (stars) anymore, so itís more or less unusable for previous processed images.
I put a support request, but after 4 weeks still nothing.
Do you guys have any idea what Iím doing wrong?


My problems with PL5 are finally solved.
For the time being I was working with a special test-version and since the latest update itís for everyone now.



Apr 03, 2022 at 06:05 AM
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Ayoul wrote:
DXO is indeed slower than C1 and LR to release their updates for camera bodies and lenses. Apparently they make calculations for distorsion and vignetting for every camera. So I guess that after making their neutral profile for the new camera, they also have to check the behavior of the lenses, they don't just copy paste their previous measurements. And they don't use the manufacturer profiles for distorsion and vignetting. Be careful however, they won't hesitate to make you pay for the future DPL6 to get that update even if the camera is already a few months old...



Or RAW support. Yes they are conveniently just slow enough to wait it out until the next annual fall upgrade and make you pay for it



Apr 06, 2022 at 05:37 AM
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But in contrast to Capture One, their upgrades are reasonably priced.


Apr 06, 2022 at 01:06 PM
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Zenon Char wrote:
Or RAW support. Yes they are conveniently just slow enough to wait it out until the next annual fall upgrade and make you pay for it


Drifting off topic a but but - does anyone know a way to fool Photolab 5 into processing a RAW from the OM-1? I tried running it through Lightroom and exporting the DNG, then process the DNG file in PL5, but it does not see the DNG as RAW (just guessing) as I could not use Prime/DeepPrime. I was hoping to move my main Post processing to PL but it is not looking to good right now.



Apr 06, 2022 at 01:49 PM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · Personal review of DXO Photolab 5


Use Adobe DNG converter to convert to a DNG
then open in PL5



Apr 06, 2022 at 02:34 PM
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rattlebonez wrote:
Use Adobe DNG converter to convert to a DNG
then open in PL5


I also tried this with no luck. Have you done it and it worked? I may have made a mistake somewhere, as my DNG converter had not been used for quite a while.



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It wonít work. I tried it with an unsupported camera and it didnít work. Turns out Photolab requires the original Raw file be supported in order to support the DNG made from it.

https://support.dxo.com/hc/en-us/articles/360048489291-What-DNG-files-are-supported-by-DxO-PhotoLab-as-input-

dulebohn wrote:
I also tried this with no luck. Have you done it and it worked? I may have made a mistake somewhere, as my DNG converter had not been used for quite a while.




Apr 06, 2022 at 04:14 PM
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no, I avoid Adobe Ligjtroom
but use PL5

currently I do not have a computer as I am tranitioning back to Mac OS. otherwise I would test it



Apr 06, 2022 at 04:16 PM
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dulebohn wrote:
Drifting off topic a but but - does anyone know a way to fool Photolab 5 into processing a RAW from the OM-1? I tried running it through Lightroom and exporting the DNG, then process the DNG file in PL5, but it does not see the DNG as RAW (just guessing) as I could not use Prime/DeepPrime. I was hoping to move my main Post processing to PL but it is not looking to good right now.


I think that it's going to be difficult to find a workaround. In the past, I suceeded to fool DPL by renaming the camera in the exifs into a similar camera (with a similar sensor from the same brand), but the sensor inside the OM-1 is totally new, so it's probably not an option here... You just have to wait for update, and pray that it won't be a paid upgrade ^^




Apr 07, 2022 at 10:51 AM
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p.3 #12 · p.3 #12 · Personal review of DXO Photolab 5


rattlebonez wrote:
I just did a comparison of ON1 Photo RAW 2022 vs DXO Photolab 5
I have used both for a few years. I was very surprised I could now get better images from ON1 Photo RAW 2022 when processing the same images in both applications. The new nonoise built in to ON1 Photo Raw 2022 is very good.



I just did too. I decided to try ON1 and DXO before upgrading my Capture One.

I also found, surprisingly, that I usually liked the images out of ON1 better. The denoising might have been just a bit better with DXO, but not by enough to make me choose it over ON1. I thought shadow recovery was better on ON1. I was surprised to see that perspective correction was missing in DXO and is apparently an addon?







Apr 10, 2022 at 11:12 PM
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Morg wrote:
I was surprised to see that perspective correction was missing in DXO and is apparently an addon?


Yes, it's called DXO Viewpoint. Once you buy it, it's fully integrated to DPL (and a little bit better than LR and C1), but it's not natively a part of DPL...



Apr 11, 2022 at 09:48 AM
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p.3 #14 · p.3 #14 · Personal review of DXO Photolab 5


Thanks for a great highly detailed write up. I have been a DxO PL user for a number of years and have been very happy with the upgrades over time. I shoot MU43 and the upgrade to DeepPrime breathed new life into my cameras. I shoot at much higher ISO's than I ever did in the past.


Apr 22, 2022 at 04:00 PM
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Toddster wrote:
Thanks for a great highly detailed write up. I have been a DxO PL user for a number of years and have been very happy with the upgrades over time. I shoot MU43 and the upgrade to DeepPrime breathed new life into my cameras. I shoot at much higher ISO's than I ever did in the past.


Yep, it really changes the way you can shoot indoor (or outdoor with a fast shutter speed). For me, as a wedding photographer, it was a game changer a few years ago. I keep an eye on the competitors (ON1 Nonoise AI, Topaz Denoise), but nothing is a convincing as Deep Prime. At least when I checked for the last time a few months ago.



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