astigmate: crappy program, doesn't worth a penny. I tried this latest version, can't even load a D7000 raw file, showing error "SubsampleScale1 Execution Error"
Save your money and use rawtherapee or LR
This is simply not true. I use DxO since v5 times, it has always been my favourite RAW converter for Canon EOS 10D, 40D, S95 and now for the Sony RX100 as well. It works like a charm and produces consistently good results.
What I also like about DxO is that if they support a camera, they do it completely, or not at all. Example: Fuji X10. LR supports the X10 RAW files since v3.6, but not the 6 MP modes, which are exactly those ones which make the difference of the X10 over other cams. Then I prefer the DxO approach to delay the support (or even not support it at all).
The conclusion that it is "crappy" from a single trial is simply invalid. Did you try to contact the DxO support to resolve your issue (which might be an installation or OS environment issue)?
Nevertheless, DxO is certainly not the ideal RAW converter for everyone. it comes down to a matter of taste which workflow behind the tool matches your ideas. DxO is definitely different in that matter, compared to e.g. LR.
Timur, first of all a big "thank you" for figuring all this out and sharing it with us!
This camera is crazily complicated, but fortunately, you DON'T NEED to have all this in mind in practice. After reading this article, nobody should be discouraged and deterred from buying and successfully using this camera.A simple recipe that works out fine (at least for me) is- set RAW+JPEG (to always have the chance of postprocessing pictures that are not good in JPEG),- set DR and ISO to AUTO,- use picture size L under excellent light conditions and M under less good light conditions,- work in PASM modes most of the time.
After more than 500 pictures under different conditions, I ended up with marvellous JPEGS for >95% of the pictures. I'm very happy with this camera.
Alexander Vienna: Hello, I am not sure how to set this dynamic range setting.... Automatic or 100/200/400 ?If I leave it on auto and ISO on 100-400 auto... the camera very often uses 400 ISO in sun light..... ???
Therefore, the optimum settings for the Fuji X10, if you really want to benefit from the EXR sensor characteristics, are:- Picture size M (6 MP).- DR Auto (or even fixed DR 400%).
Don't worry about "only" the 6 MP. Remember that during the era of Fuji's F30/F31fd, this size was also sufficient for 99,5% of users and scenes.
Note that DR expansion works in two different modes:
(1) In HR (12 MP) mode, all pixels are exposed in the same way. Afterwards, the shadow parts are electronically enforced by 1 (DR 200%) or 2 stops (DR 400%), if the camera thinks this is appropriate.So if you get ISO 400 in bright sunlight, this is the reason: Your camera was in HR mode with DR Auto (or DR 400%). It exposed the picture with ISO 100, but enforced parts of the picture by 2 stops (which corresponds to ISO 400). In the picture review, the camera displays the highest ISO used.
(2) In EXR-DR, EXR-SN mode, and GENERALLY if you set picture size to M (6 MP) in the menu, the camera uses the specifics of the EXR sensor for DR expansion, i.e. half of the pixels is exposed normally, and the other half of the pixels 1 or 2 stops longer. These two 6 MP pictures are processed to one 6MP picture within the camera then.If you take the same picture as above (where you end up with ISO 400) in this mode, you end up with ISO 100.