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DxO Optics Pro 7.2.2 gains Nikon D4 support in Elite edition

By dpreview staff on Apr 11, 2012 at 17:23 GMT

DxO Labs has launched DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2, adding support for the Nikon D4, Olympus XZ-1 and PEN E-P1. The additions, which include a selection of camera/lens pairings for the PEN and D4, take the number of optical correction modules in DxO Optics Pro to more than 6000, with 500 added since February 2012. The D4 is only available to users of the Elite edition of Optics Pro. As usual, a 30-day free trial of the software is available.


Press Release:

DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 supports the new Nikon D4 and surpasses 6,000 DxO Optics Modules

April 11, 2012 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 for Mac and Windows, its image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 now offers support for the new Nikon D4, as well as for the Olympus XZ-1 and Olympus Pen E-P1 digital compacts, thus covering all Olympus micro 4/3 models currently available.

Recently tested on DxOMark, DxO Labs’ dedicated site for digital camera image quality measurements, the Nikon D4’s score of 89 points outclasses the Nikon D3x and puts it in second place for full frame cameras behind the Nikon D800 (95 points). (For more information, see the review on our dxomark.com website.)

DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 benefits from the continuous addition of DxO Optics Modules. More than 500 new camera-lens combinations were added to the DxO Optics Module library during the past several weeks, crossing the milestone of 6,000 available modules. This means that DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 now supports additional Canon, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samyang, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for numerous Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony cameras.

AVAILABILITY AND PRICES

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 7 for Windows and Mac are available in the DxO Labs online boutique (www.dxo.com) and at photo resellers, at the following prices:

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: $169
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: $299

EUR: (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: 149 €
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: 299 €

GBP: (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: £135
  • DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: £269

This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 7 as well as for photographers who acquired a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 on or after September 1, 2011.

A fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).

Comments

Total comments: 42
Raist3d
By Raist3d (Apr 13, 2012)

DXo has a set of strengths and weaknesses. It does color very well, lens profiling/distortion/CA removal the best from what I have seen over anything else I have tried (that includes LR4).

A few issues: No DNG support (given Capture ONE supports DNG rather well, I can't buy any excuses not to support it well), on the PC it's very slow, and on the Mac is even slower due to lack of OpenCL support at the moment.

Once again given Capture One Pro supports OpenCL on the Mac, I don't understand the excuses.

I am also not convinced how it does sharpening over Capture One or LR and other programs and the noise reduction can be a bit painterly.

Also exporting resizing big is pretty bad.

That said, the color out of the box you can get without much fuss is pretty outstanding. IT gets the red right that LR 4 can go a bit too magentaish for my taste. If Dxo solves those issues and adds localized changes, they will be on their way to become a premium contender.

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Paul Szilard
By Paul Szilard (Apr 12, 2012)

I don't like the Elite pricing any more than the way Adobe charges 30% more for a downloaded product (LR) just because I live in Australia! This kind of exploitive pricing policy is what drives many folk to Asian purchases. (if you know what I mean).

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Peter K Burian
By Peter K Burian (Apr 15, 2012)

What if you have an email address such as gmail and tell the system you are in the USA when buying it online? Or does it know you are in Australia?

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FreeRadical009
By FreeRadical009 (Apr 12, 2012)

Still waiting for DxO to allow us to force the use of specific modules on our pictures. That way they could develop and allow the use of third party lenses on Sony cameras despite the problem with the EXIF in the RAW files.

That's something we need NOW.

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Lea5
By Lea5 (Apr 12, 2012)

I use Lighroom 4 for my Nikon D4. It's a great combo AND I don't have to pay an "Elite-Pro" extra charge. No need for DXO here.

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Jord
By Jord (Apr 12, 2012)

@AshMills it is incredible isn't it - if you have a 'pro' camera you have to pay double for the same product.
If you are calibrating a compact surly it is the same as calibrating a 'pro' SLR?

Can you imagine the uproar if Lightroom brought out a pro version and doubled the price for the same features just with none pro cameras covered on the cheaper version.

The package in the play I have had with it is really rather good and quick until it comes to converting to Jpegs then it is really slow. The quality of Jpegs is very nice indeed.

I wouldn't mind paying the asking price for the pro version but feel a bit hard done to when the same thing is sold for half price if I shot on a D300 instead of a D4/D700 combination.

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AshMills
By AshMills (Apr 12, 2012)

Why do you need the "Pro" version to use with D4 files? Is it because the D4 is expensive? Maybe Adobe can bring out a "Pro" Camera Raw, exclusively for the well-healed, for expensive cameras too.

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Jord
By Jord (Apr 12, 2012)

I must admit the few contacts I've had with them via customer service have been very good.

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arinel
By arinel (Apr 12, 2012)

Download to Mac does not work at all.
There is a bug: you have to relaunch the finder.
I did it 5 times.
That's enough.
When a big firm is unable to fix bugs before a launch you may question its seriousness!

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36hike
By 36hike (Apr 12, 2012)

I beginning to regret the close to $300- purchase I made buying Optics Pro 7. I picked up the standard version, then was socked an additional $130- to upgrade to "Elite" after purchasing a D700.

You're lucky to find tutorials. I can't find where you update versions and they've now configured their "Contact Us" option on the website, so that it's like filling out a job application. Downloads are incredibly slow... can you sense the enthusiasm?

The modules that work are very good. But the company is so "seat-of-the-pants" and out-to-lunch that I'd suggest people steer well clear and stick with Aperture, Lightroom and Phase One.

Shoot. Another $300- down the drain.

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Jord
By Jord (Apr 12, 2012)

I really liked the package when I had a play with it - I don't want all the cataloguing features of Lightroom I just want to process the RAW files. I mainly shoot weddings so archive everything myself.

How do you find DxO generally? My quick play seemed to cut down the RAW processing as the packages auto features seemed to get it right 90% of the time. Much less fiddling than lightroom. What is your opinion as a user?

Should add the main RAW processor I use is Corel Aftershot (Bibble) which I find very quick but no support for my new camera yet.

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aboutsam
By aboutsam (Apr 11, 2012)

I downloaded and installed it but it won't start. Uninstall and reinstall didn't help... 7.2.1 worked ok...

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arinel
By arinel (Apr 12, 2012)

When you ask DxO support (I have the same bugs and even crashes of the Finder with a Mac 10.6), they suggest 8 different manipulations. Completely crazy and total lack of professionalism. Software not seriously tested by DxO.
I have no intention to follow all those instructions. When a correct version of the software will be ready they should let us know. But in fact they are only interested to sell the software to new customers. Not interested by those who upgrade only!!!

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Jord
By Jord (Apr 12, 2012)

It working fine on my system - window 64 bit.

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Apr 16, 2012)

Hi,

@Aboutsam, there was indeed a problem with some specific AMD-based 64 bit configurations. Unfortunately, none of our beta testers owned such a configuration, so we didn't find it before releasing it. It should be solved now.

@Arinel, I checked with our support team and they confirmed that they managed to help you in fixing your system permissions and start DxO Optics Pro.

Axel

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raincoat
By raincoat (Apr 11, 2012)

Interesting, but doesn't help me. I reinstalled my PC last week, and of course restoring the license file didn't work.

I tried to activate online, of course it said I had used up all activations. Of course the form to apply for more activations was not working. Note the DXO forums have been down every 2nd day for the past 3weeks.

My only recourse was to mail support on their form. Which I did. And I have no reply after a week.

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Jord
By Jord (Apr 11, 2012)

This does seem a very good package but for the life of me I can't work out why the Elete version is double the price. I'd imagine the work going into calibrating a cheaper camera is the same as a pro camera!

I'd buy it tomorrow if the Elite version was the same as the normal version but the gap between this and lightroom is now nearly 3x.

Rant over. Great kit alas now my demo has timed out before I could check it on the D4 files.

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Vasyl Tsvirkunov
By Vasyl Tsvirkunov (Apr 11, 2012)

I always though about Standard Edition as a discount version. With regular promotions the price for SE often drops to $99. There was a huge round of price reductions on software of this type from many developers - both Adobe and Phase One slashed their prices dramatically. DxO used to be way more expensive and you had to pay per module not too long ago. I guess, going mainstream pays off.
Now, if they only can add OM-D E-M5 support quickly...

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raincoat
By raincoat (Apr 11, 2012)

Exactly what I thought. Especially with D800 and 5D3 owners. Somehow DXO thinks full frame owners are all high flying pros who can be exploited. Funny they don't try that with 7D and D300 owners of which there are many pros.

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PatrickP
By PatrickP (Apr 11, 2012)

Apparently in their eyes, the non-pros who bothered to own a full-frame camera are rich/serious enough to pay more?

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SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (Apr 12, 2012)

"Apparently in their eyes, the non-pros who bothered to own a full-frame camera are rich/serious enough to pay more?"
Well, they did for the camera didn't they ?
:)
S.

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raincoat
By raincoat (Apr 12, 2012)

You're right, but you'd be surprised how many newbies I see walk into a camera store and get conned by the sales into a 5D2 and 24-105 L.

Anyway, with LR4 at $149 and DXO7 elite NEW at $299 and UPGRADE at $209, I think we can guess what people will buy.

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SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (Apr 12, 2012)

To be honest with you, I only used LR a few times and it look like a slower, and very expensive version of Aperture. I though, we'll that's the price you pay for having a PC, but why would anyone want it on a Mac, Aperture is 79$ and does the same, and actually better for some raws ?

Then again, I might have missed something... I love DXO, for it's simplicity (and speed as it's gotten much better) for make great jpegs and auto corrections modules & customizable presets, but it's useless as a file management software... Still have to se Aperture on top for that.
Does Lightroom really does both ? It didn't seem like a valid tool from creating jpegs when I tried it, then again, I don't like Adobe, so I didn't really give them a chance :)

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openskyline
By openskyline (Apr 11, 2012)

Nikon D800 users should all buy DxO because they always boasted Nikon cameras has the best score on DxO ;) ;)

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carpediem007
By carpediem007 (Apr 11, 2012)

OK...
And when are you finally going to support the Ricoh GXR?

At least give us support for DNG files!

That would be appreciated too...

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raincoat
By raincoat (Apr 11, 2012)

I was really surprised to find they don't support Pentax raws in DNG format. It should be simple to support, but no we're forced to shoot in PEF due to dxo incompetence.

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SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (Apr 12, 2012)

"we're forced to shoot in PEF due to dxo incompetence."

Use another software then ! I'm sure you can find one that does. I would rather see DXO give me more lens support or Nikon 1 & F lenses modules or Fuji's than see them add obscure manufacturers like Ricoh/Pentax, who buy those anyway :)
S.

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dara2
By dara2 (Apr 12, 2012)

Support for Ricoh GXR will be included in DxO Optics Premium 7 platinum Edition: $999 jk

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rbl
By rbl (Apr 13, 2012)

Hmmm I don't have any problems with DXO working with DNG image files from my Pentax K5... I believe the issue is they have to be native DNG files direct from the camera... Not processed in any way by other image programs like LR... I did have a problem once with thumbnails disappearing after processing... But rebuilding the previews in LR4 and updating DNG and metadata in LR4 brought them all back.

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OldZorki
By OldZorki (Apr 11, 2012)

In a bit of a separate note I would like to complement DXO team. Some time ago I requested support for Tokina DX 35mm 2.8 Macro. Those lenses where not in official "queue" - however they add it in March 28 release. Dunno if it was just me or some other people requested it - but nevertheless, it is included now.
Well done DXO - nice to see a company who actually listening to customers.
Appreciated.

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raincoat
By raincoat (Apr 11, 2012)

You're kidding right? Canon and Sony lenses are added quickly, but eg Pentax gets one lens update every 6 months if lucky, and has almost ZERO support for 3rd party lenses (and Pentax are the most likely to buy 3rd party lenses)

DXO forum is littered with questions why some lenses are added quickly while others sit in the queue for years getting pushed back all the time. And I'm talking about standard lenses like 3rd party 17-50mm f2.8s, they are one of the most popular for crops, but take almost a year after release to support.

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SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (Apr 12, 2012)

Well, Sony and Canon sells ! And so does Nikon... Pentax ? are they still in business ??? (ok, the K5 is great, but not really better than a D7000... try renting a Pentax lens when you need one...)

And who in their right mind would buy a third party 17-50mm lens (and keep it, even if they got lucky enough to get a good copy) ?
A good lens is an investment, third party lenses are a loss of both time and money...
If you can't afford a real lens, do you think DXO expect you to pay for their software ?
PS: Apologies for being an A$$hole... But might as well forget DXO and buy a better lens and use it as. Just my opinion, not that anyone asked for it :)

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raincoat
By raincoat (Apr 12, 2012)

I guess you think L lenses are the bees knees and you bought EF lenses when you owned a crop Canon body. Did you know there is no VR on the 17-55 Nikon? Have you actually looked at the performance on the Nikon or Canon 17-55? Can you recommend a 11-16 f2.8 from Nikon or Canon? I guess you just tell your clients "it can't be done" when they ask for that shot.
I buy my lenses from scientific reviews, not because emotionally I need to show off how brand loyal I am.

OTOH I'm glad people like you exist, you make the economy boom.

It's funny you think Pentax DSLRs shouldn't be supported, given how many bridge and compact P&S DXO also supports.

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MichaelEchos
By MichaelEchos (Apr 12, 2012)

If only Adobe Labs and DxO Labs would work together. I tried the demo of DxO Optics Pro and the lens correction is way more accurate than Adobe Lightroom's. But DxO Optics Pro lack a lot of features Lightroom has. I couldn't integrate DxO Optics Pro into my workflow. I tried to use DxO specifically for lens correction and leave other corrections to Lightroom, but for some reason they cook all their photos once you export them. Is there any workaround for this?

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SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (Apr 12, 2012)

Why would you crop a Canon body, you'd risk damaging it wouldn't you ? I hate VR, never found any use for it, well maybe when I'm too drunk to hold steady or choose the proper settings :)
What's an L lens ? I know M less are very nice, is the L for "lesser lenses" ?

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SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (Apr 12, 2012)

Jokes aside, it makes sense that they start by supporting the industry leaders.

PS: I don't buy lenses from brand loyalty. I also don't shoot test charts or brick walls, so "scientific reviews" are not much use either. I buy lenses based on how good it feels (that 11-16mm you speak of is crap to me, can't live with their system to override to manual focus, regardless that it's a superiority for a "cropped body") Funny it's about the only 3rd party lens that I really wanted to like. Fixed that with a "full body" a while ago... AND resale value, a good lens often goes up in price. 3rd party lenses very rarely do, that if anything shows how good they really are...

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makofoto
By makofoto (Apr 11, 2012)

D4 ... big news will be when DxO get's GoPro support! How many D4 users are there compared to GoPro users?! And GoPro's need lens corrections more obviously then Nikkors

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Apr 11, 2012)

D4 users may find a greater need for their images to be perfect, however.

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Apr 11, 2012)

GoPro no go.

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Vasyl Tsvirkunov
By Vasyl Tsvirkunov (Apr 11, 2012)

DxO is primarily RAW workflow software. I don't believe GoPro has RAW mode available. Said that, DxO works with JPG files to certain extent so you can use it with GoPro, old Casio, vintage Mavica, whatever, it's just an overkill.

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (Apr 11, 2012)

GoPro is video and they don't support RAW formats. I don't think DxO supports any video formats.

Video in my opinion would be a whole new product line for DxO. Good idea, but it would be a brand new product development.

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CaseyComo
By CaseyComo (Apr 12, 2012)

Joking, right?

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Total comments: 42