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DxO Labs unveils Optics Pro 8 with Smart Lighting

By dpreview staff on Oct 24, 2012 at 13:00 GMT

DxO Labs has announced DxO Optics Pro 8, a major update of its image processing tool incorporating 'DxO Smart Lighting.' The company's Smart Lighting tool influences both image brightness and contrast using a single slider and will attempt to recover both highlight and shadow detail. Meanwhile a selective tone tool makes it easy to apply different changes to the highlight, mid-tone and shadow regions of an image.The software also allows the configuration of multiple output options. It also gains more lens/body optical correction profiles, with DxO aiming to double the current 10,000 combinations by the end of 2013. The software comes with the customary introductory pricing valid until November 15th.

Press Release:

DxO Optics Pro 8 introduces DxO Smart Lighting allowing greater photo details and more vivid colors

Comprehensive image content analysis coupled with camera calibration pushes image quality even further

Software will be available on October 29, 2012 at a 33% discount through November 15th

October 24, 2012 - DxO Labs announces the October 29th availability of DxO Optics Pro 8, a major new release of its image quality processing software of reference for all demanding photographers. Available for both Mac and Windows, DxO Optics Pro 8 provides the best tool for automatically adjusting contrast and light, the most advanced optical corrections, and even finer and more precise color management. Its enhanced performance and improved interface deliver a better user experience.

DxO Optics Pro is based on a unique approach consisting of extensive camera and lens calibrations in DxO Labs' laboratories. The software integrates several powerful tools delivering automatic RAW and JPEG image processing for both amateur photographers and experts: optical and geometrical corrections, exposure and contrast, noise reduction, and color and detail preservation.

DxO Optics Pro's many presets allow photographers to process images according to their own taste, getting in just a few cliks the best out of their photos, whatever the shooting conditions.

DxO Smart Lighting: Mastering the light with one slider

New DxO Smart Lighting brightens up photos by optimizing contrast and lighting quickly and efficiently. This exclusive DxO Labs technology intelligently adapts to image content and allows users to easily adjust image contrast using a single slider. DxO Smart Lighting automatically recovers details both in highlights and shadows under even the most extreme shooting conditions.

For more advanced users, DxO Optics Pro 8 offers a new Selective tone tool that allows them to apply precise corrections separately to highlights, midtones, and dark zones.

Brilliant and fully textured colors

The Protection of saturated colors tool can restore a significant number of details and rich textures hidden in areas of vivid or saturated color that can appear flatly uniform to the eye.

DxO Optics Pro 8 automatically applies the color rendering settings chosen by the photographer while precisely taking into account the current image content. Textures in vivid colors reappear, revealing all the details in the image.

Exceptional optical corrections: Even more supported lenses

Flaws in photos are specific to the combination of lens and camera used. DxO Labs has measured nearly 10,000 combinations to provide the specific corrections required for each camera.

Developed in DxO Labs' laboratory using an exclusive calibration process, DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data about the inner characteristics and flaws of each camera and lens. This unique and world exclusive database allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct all optical flaws with an unrivaled level of quality, for both RAW and JPEG images, including distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness.

DxO Optics Pro 8 further improves the correction of chromatic aberrations for RAW-format images by combining DxO Optics Module data with image content analysis.

The Lens softness tool, also based on DxO Optics Modules, automatically boosts lens resolution by homogenizing sharpness across the field. Optimized in DxO Optics Pro 8, the tool gives photographers extremely sharp images from the center of the image right out to the edges, even when the settings are pushed to high levels.

The opening of a new laboratory in Seattle has reinforced DxO Labs' measurement and calibration capacity. Now with six laboratories located in both Europe and the United States, DxO Labs has set a goal of providing 20,000 available DxO Optics Modules by the end of 2013.

A smoother user experience: Regrouping features and Retina screen optimization

DxO Labs has extensively revised the DxO Optics Pro 8 interface for more user comfort. The most commonly used functions have been regrouped to offer photographers easier visibility and handling.

A specific workspace brings together the most important and common operations such as white balance, color and contrast adjustment, and exposure compensation. Similarly, many advanced tools have been more logically reorganized in different palettes.

DxO Optics Pro 8's Mac interface has been entirely redesigned to take advantage of all the visual quality offered by Retina screens. Photographers can now enjoy unprecedented displayed details in their images!

Faster and truer viewing: A more efficient display and workflow

Beyond the improvements in terms of image quality and interface, DxO Optics Pro 8 has increased display speed.

Thumbnails now display in real time the current state of the photo, thanks to live preview. The user can now instantly figure out if a photo is the original one or the working version.

To improve workflow further, now every photo once opened in DxO Optics Pro instantaneously loads, even after closing and reopening the application - a real time-saver.

New tools: Print module and new Output settings options

DxO Optics Pro 8 now includes a new integrated print module allowing photographers to directly print RAW or JPEG images on the fly as they preview them. Different print modes and layout options are available, from contact sheet to full page printing.

As a part of the new Output settings options, users can now also adjust the destination and size and choose among several resampling solutions.

Availability and special introductory offer

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 8 for Mac and Windows will be available on October 29, 2012, in the DxO Labs online store (, and at photo resellers during November, at a special introductory discount valid until November 15, 2012:


  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $ 99 instead of $ 169
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $ 199 instead of $ 299


  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: 99 € instead of 149 €
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: 199 € instead of 299 €
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)


  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: £ 89 instead of £ 135
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition :£ 179 instead of £ 269
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

Photographers who have purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade to version 8. Other users can take advantage of a special discount on all upgrades from now until November 15, 2012, directly from their customer account.

A complete, fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, will be available on October 29, 2012 on the DxO Labs website (


Total comments: 35
By Photolvr (Feb 9, 2013)

This may be an old thread, and the last message a month ago, but "Sandy Fleischberg" you are hilarious! You're right, I have never EVER seen a retail store extend their promotions. I use multiple software programs on my computer and I have seen stuff like that all the time. I'm sorry you have never found any other company that extends promotions. Can you please let me know so that I can make sure I buy from a company that doesn't do this??

Sandy Fleischberg
By Sandy Fleischberg (Jan 3, 2013)

Dear Olivier from DXO Labs

Thank you for helping me to fulfill my prophecy :


This is just further proof for DXO lab's unethical business practice.

You are pressuring people into buying
by setting false deadlines !!!

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Sandy Fleischberg
By Sandy Fleischberg (Dec 21, 2012)

DXO his is one rip off outfit !

DXO quote:
"Photographers who have purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade to version 8..."

... what about the ones like me who purchased the retail version
at full price before September 1 2012 ????

They gladly take your money - but they will not give you any upgrade deal.

I do not know any other company in the business who has such
French - boutique style conditions !!!

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By montxsuz (Nov 1, 2012)

Better noise control, better lighting tool. Long time user, I too will part with $49 for the upgrade for DxO Pro 8. However, I will probably not fork out the $99 upgrade for Phase One Capture One Pro 7, also just announced.

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By spitfire31 (Oct 31, 2012)

I use DxO, sometimes, for specialised jobs.

But really – in 2012, how can you take a workflow/RAW editing piece of software seriously that doesn't include ***local adjustments***?

The 'intelligent one slider' philosophy can't read my thoughts and decide if I want to brighten just a particular face or darken a part of the sky.

I won't do any more upgrades until local adjustments are there.

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By Yuyutsu (Oct 31, 2012)

I am bit disappointed with version 8.0 (compared to 7.5.) for it is noticeably slower.

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Osvaldo Cristo
By Osvaldo Cristo (Oct 30, 2012)

I upgraded from my v.7 to the new v.8: better interface, better noise control on high ISO pics, better automatic setup, undock image browser is great for two monitors, performance looks the same. No serious bugs so far (great surprise!).

I am an user since version 3 and except for the lauching of 5.0 version, DxO consistently has presented an increasing better performance, resources and user interface.

DxO is my main raw developer and for most cases it is the best one (I have also installed NX2 and ACR) except for portraits I prefer NX2 (the v.8 is significantlly better on this than v.7 but NX2 maintains the edge).

At USD 49 for the upgrade I think it worths. I recommend it.

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By castleofargh (Oct 30, 2012)

i though dxo did like canon, the lower the version number the higher the settings and options... :'(
but with dxo8 for the first time i feel happy with an upgrade.
speed is better (nothing stellar)
the new tools for light are pretty impressive and better now than LR.
the ui also improves a little, for example we can at last reset a value to its default with a double clic(like in LR)

multi point color balance isn't back for pc. why?

first opening of a big directory makes dxo's explorer uber laggy.

al in all good job dxo, far from perfect but it now looks like a real product and not just a beta.
a little mask layer tool or a masking brush like LR would make it almost complete and remove the need of photoshop/lightroom for 99/100 of my pics.

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By foot (Oct 30, 2012)

YES! - supports winXP !!

in their new releases both LR4 and CP1 don't

i've compared it to both LR4 and CP1 and i'm very happy with
DxO and plan to upgrade

By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Oct 29, 2012)

It is a worthwhile upgrade. When I chose Pro 7 over Lr4, I missed the separate highlights, midtones, shadows and blacks controls in Lr4, and now DxO offers them and to great effect too. Fiddling with exposure compensation just wasn't enough to deal with clipped highlights, but now that issue is fixed. The overall ergonomy and speed seem to be improved too, and the new contrast control is excellent too. It's as if Pro 8 blended DxO and Lr4's best characteristics. Way to go DxO!

By jimstar70 (Oct 28, 2012)

I resigned from using DxO two years ago. Having Sony A700 or A900 raw files I have 3-4 stops more in shadows when I use ACR. If I lift shadows in ACR, they keep proper colours, bit if I do it in Dxo, it lifts only green cast. Useless crap!

Funny, they compare sensors and cameras using such a weak engine. When the engine is poor, the tool is useless. So I don't believe their comparisons.

Jim Scott
By Jim Scott (Oct 27, 2012)

Thank You meanwhile & Prog!

Just started working with it - so far appears to be a worthwhile upgrade - comparing with some images I did last night on v.7.5.4

Mac users should remove "_Setup.exe" (just after "_OpticsPro8") and replace with ".dmg" in Prog's link.

By Prognathous (Oct 27, 2012)

The web site is not up to date yet, but it the actual binary is already there (as I assume Meanwhile suggested below):

Downloading as I write this...


By meanwhile (Oct 26, 2012)

It's actually available already is you give some thought to where it might be. :-)

Jim Scott
By Jim Scott (Oct 26, 2012)

Comparing this program to LR or Photoshop Camera RAW is erroneous.

(Though the different workflows can be co-joined via the DNG format.)

If you are looking for "quick" you won't find it with DxO. However, if you are looking for superior quality you are Home... no comparison IMO.

You gotta work this girl to get to the sweet spot for every image, but so worth it when you do... definitely not an amateur's program.

james laubscher
By james laubscher (Oct 25, 2012)

Referring to v6, the main reason I use DxO is its deconvolution image sharpening, especially with the Tamron 18 - 250mm and 18 - 270 PZD zoom lenses - it turns these into really good lenses, improving definition and contrast significantly. This function alone makes it worth the money.

Lens distortion corrections are are a strength and with super zooms, make quite a difference as well.

The automated processing is useful as well but fine tuning colour adjustment takes a lot of practice and I'm still not happy with how it manages shades of red.

Also it does not produce the best raw conversion contrary to what some say - it is inclined to show jagged edges. Noise reduction also is clearly not as good as that in LR, when one does an A-B comparison - LR has a killer Chroma noise adjustment, by way of comparison.

I prefer the speed and the highlight recovery function of LR as well, so v8 will have to pull a few rabbits out of its hat to justify an upgrade.

By Chako (Oct 25, 2012)

Ever feel like you spend more time upgrading this program than you do actually using it? May be time to go to light room instead. I just got 7 a few months ago and it just hasn't grown on me.

By abi170845 (Oct 25, 2012)

I love DXO! It makes most lens weaknesses irrelevant! Definitely getting this at the promo price is a bargain.

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PC Wheeler
By PC Wheeler (Oct 24, 2012)

I'll probably go for it. There are some aspects of v. 7 I enjoy. I first tried it with v. 7 and bought it last Winter when I think there was also a lower price.

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By AlanG (Oct 24, 2012)

I have been using DXO for many years. I loved version 6 but think that version 7 was quite a few steps backwards. They had removed some features that were very important to me, but I had no choice but to upgrade in order to get support for my Canon 5DIII. While version 7 is workable I am less productive with it than I was with version 6. Besides the loss of some features, version 7 is very sluggish to display changes when you move a slider.

I prefer to use the "project" organizational feature but it now takes more steps to add images to a project. But what is much worse is when adding photos to a project, it no longer stores a check mark on them. So when you look through a large folder of raw images it is very hard to know which have been added to the project and which haven't.

Now I hope that version 8 truly is an improvement but I doubt they have added back the things they took away with 7.

By Astound (Oct 24, 2012)

Oh great, I just bought version 7 last week.

Ah, free upgrade hopefully…

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Oct 24, 2012)

The press release says: 'Photographers who have purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade to version 8.'

By raincoat (Oct 24, 2012)

Yeah, I bought a couple months ago, if they expect me to fork out another $200 they must be crazy.
And now the upgrade price is only until Nov 15! well..

By Chekr (Oct 25, 2012)

Apparently v7 users can accept a reduced price upgrade from their account when the product is released. I am not sure what that upgrade cost will be...

I missed the cut off date for a free update by eight days :(

By FreeRadical009 (Oct 24, 2012)

Having used Optics Pro 7 for almost a year and gotten excellent results with it, I'm definetely looking forward to V8. I just hope they fixed the program's habit of crashing every now and then when processing pictures.

I just wonder, taking in account that LR4 is cheaper than DxO and it doesn't come in two versions (but one covers all cameras), how does that affect Optics Pro's sales in general?

If I could only get a lens profile for my Minolta 35-70mm f/4, all my lenses would be covered and I'd be delighted.

Cheers :)

By jwalker019 (Oct 24, 2012)

Some of the new / updated features look like real improvements (Smart Lighting, enhanced detail / sharpening, etc.) - I've recently re-instated DxO 7.x in my workflow, and look forward to the new version :)

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By nekrosoft13 (Oct 24, 2012)

those that use it, how does it compare to lightroom?

Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (Oct 24, 2012)

There is no comparison for speed, LR works a lot faster. DXO refuses (so far) to do autohide panels or one click zoom, two features of LR which speed things up considerably. Having to pull down a menu to click off the image browser every time is yet another annoyance. So basically, DXO for severe wide angle distortion fixing/"lens softness," LR/PS for everything else. Reveilliez vous, DXO!

By SRT201 (Oct 24, 2012)

Have both, and LR4 blows DxO away in terms of speed on my quad core. Liking LR4 more all the time. DxO is great if you have lenses in the profiles. Their lens-softness tools really do some great sharpening.

I like the LR4 interface better as well. The clunky DOTNET user interface on DxO was a huge mistake.

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By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Oct 24, 2012)

Hi, nekrosoft13.
What Reilly and SRT201 mentioned about speed is true, but DxO's automatic corrections mitigate that gap somewhat. DxO had perfectible highlight correction, whereas Lr4 has a separate highlight correction slider, which works remarkably well, but DxO seems to have addressed this issue with v8. DxO's noise reduction, distortion and chromatic aberration correction, on the other hand, are much better than Lr4's. I tried both programmes before buying and it was very hard to decide; ultimately DxO gave me better results and I ended up buying it, but it was a tough call.
My advice? Download the demo versions of both and find out for yourself which one suits you - and your equipment - better. Whatever your choice, you'll end up with a very powerful editing software. You may even use DxO's geometry correction and then send the files to Lr4 (DxO gives you that option) for lighting and colour adjustment. That's what I'd have done if I had the money and a more powerful computer.

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By okada01 (Oct 24, 2012)

Hello from Ukraine ;)

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By Vaards (Oct 24, 2012)

Hello Hohol!

By Blaise06a (Oct 24, 2012)

Interesting. Looking forward to testing the V8. I have been using DXO forever as part as my workflow.

The upgrade is not yet available on my customer account.

Yes- it's slow (both in setting the edits and in processing with 11 seconds per Canon 5d2 raw file), unfriendly, even crashes regularly (less so now) but it's the best RAW converter I've seen and my go-to choice for every pro shoot.

Kevin Lyness
By Kevin Lyness (Oct 24, 2012)

Their website notes it will be available on Oct. 29th, so I'm guessing the upgrade won't be available for purchase until then.

By _sem_ (Oct 24, 2012)

"Protection of saturated colors tool"
Hopefully it will make partially blown images look better, the way LR4 works by default and the free RT4 even offers a choice of different algorithms

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