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DxO Optics Pro 8.1 offers Sony NEX-6 and Olympus PEN support

By dpreview staff on Dec 5, 2012 at 16:29 GMT

DxO Labs has updated its Optics Pro Raw conversion software to version 8.1, adding support for five cameras: the Sony NEX-6, Olympus PEN E-PL5 and E-PM2, and Canon Powershot G15 and S110. An enhanced print module now offers colour management and sharpness adjustment for printing, and there's also an option to output JPEG or TIFF files with EXIF data removed. The software is available immediately from the DxO Labs online store, with a special end of year price through to December 25th 2012.

Press release:

DxO Optics Pro v8.1: Enhanced print module and support for 5 new cameras, including the Sony NEX-6

Special 33% discount through December 25, 2012

December 5, 2012 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v8.1 for Windows and Mac, the new version of its image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. DxO Optics Pro v8.1 now offers color management and sharpness enhancement when printing, an output option for reducing EXIF data, as well as numerous improvements to its interface for an even more rapid workflow.

This update also allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to support the Sony NEX-6, the Canon Powershot S110 and G15, and the Olympus Pen E-PM2 and E-PL5.

DxO Optics Pro v8.1 also benefits from the continuous addition of DxO Optics Modules. Nearly 150 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library. The software now provides support for additional Canon, Olympus, and Sigma lenses for Canon, Olympus, and Sony cameras. Among these is the highly-anticipated Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM for Canon, the first very wide-aparture lens in the new Sigma Art line designed for landscape, portrait, still life, macro, and reportage.

Based on a unique approach of prior calibration in the laboratories of DxO Labs, DxO Optics Pro v8.1 includes numerous powerful and automatic RAW and JPEG image-processing tools. DxO Optics Pro v8.1 offers the best tool for automatically adjusting contrast and light, the most advanced optical corrections on the market, and precise color management. Its unrivaled performance and its intuitive interface provides a smooth and fast workflow.

Management of print color and sharpness

DxO Optics Pro v8.1 now allows photographers to adjust the color rendering and the sharpness of the images they print.

The new options in DxO Optics Pro v8.1's print module allow the user to choose an ICC color profile for directly managing the print rendering.

Further, a dedicated slider lets the user enhance the sharpness of the image so as to adapt the print quality to the size of the print desired.

New output options and improved interface

DxO Optics Pro v8.1 offers a new output option that allows users to remove all of the EXIF metadata contained in a JPEG or TIFF image file - very useful for restricting this kind of information as well as for reducing its size when sharing such files online.

Among other improvements found in DxO Optics Pro v8.1, the preferences window now displays the size of the disk space that the preview and thumbnail cache occupy.

In addition, the DxO Optics Modules management window has been enhanced to display all the available camera/lens combinations available, whether or not they have been installed on the user's computer.

Finally, the Windows version now includes certain improvements that were previously introduced in the Mac version. For example, information layer about corrections that cannot be previewed because of the zoom level has now been removed: this information is now directly indicated in the relevant palettes for greater user comfort.

More flexible OpenCL management

The thumbnail display as well as image processing in DxO Optics Pro 8 benefits from OpenCL acceleration (Windows version only). DxO Optics Pro v8.1 removes certain restrictions present in earlier versions and now allows users to activate this option at any time as soon as the graphics card on their computer supports this feature.

Availability and special end-of-year discount

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 8 for Mac and Windows are available in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo reseller locations, at a special discount from now through December 25, 2012:

USD:

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

EUR:

  • 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)

GBP:

  • 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)

This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for all photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 7 after September 1, 2012. Other users can take advantage of a special discount on their upgrade, good through December 25, 2012, by logging in to their online customer account.

A fully-functional version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).

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Total comments: 33
Michael Engelen
By Michael Engelen (Dec 10, 2012)

I really like the progress, DxO was making over the last years--for me it's the best RAW conversion software.
One point though is a bit strange with version 8.1 (maybe it was before as well, but I didn't run into it): if you want to process a file for printing and the standard printer is a printer (not PDF) and the printer is turned off (no communication with the driver), then the application does not respond (because it tries to retrieve information? My system: Win 7 (64) + HP printer). This is VERY disturbing and is afaik not necessary. Maybe the devs can change this in version 8.1.x or later.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 11, 2012)

Hello Michael,

Thank you for your comment.

I don't have a direct answer for you concerning the print issue.
If you still encounter this matter, please don't hesitate to ask our hotline by email.

Here is the link to our help center :
http://support.dxo.com/home

Best,
Olivier

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mls149
By mls149 (Dec 9, 2012)

When will DXO support the kit lens (16-50mm) for the NEX-6? Seems odd that all the other E lenses are supported, but not the lens that 95% of users get with the camera. Any ETA on this lens support?

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 11, 2012)

Hello mls149,

We had in our labs only the camera body while we were testing it. So at least we provided the support for the RAW format + all the other lenses that were already having.

The kit lens will be normally supported soon but I don't have a formal date from the labs.

I hope that you won't wait too much,

Best,
Olivier

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FreeRadical009
By FreeRadical009 (Dec 6, 2012)

@Olivier from DxO Labs:

I just got two questions:

1) Have DxO Labs finally fixed the issue with Optics Pro 8 that means it crashes on me every single time I need to process more than 20 pictures.

Version 8 crash way more frequently than V7 ever did.

2) Could you please forward to the development team my personal request to enable the option to disable the automatic application of the Smart Lightning option?

While it does work on pictures that are over or underexposed, on shots properly exposed, it just makes colors dull and dims the exposure when there is no need for it. I got to be struggling with this frequently and takes time I need to correct the pictures.

I'm not against the function, I just want to enable it on only certain shots, not all of them.

Thank you!

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Dec 6, 2012)

I'll usurp Olivier's duties. :)
If you right-click on the picture, a menu will appear. Choose the option 'no correction' to bring the image back to what it looked like before automatic corrections were applied. Then work the image as you want (you'll lose geometric corrections, but you can always reverse by clicking 'default'). You can make your own presets if you don't like the way the images look after DxO's default preset has been applied.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 6, 2012)

@ Manuel, thank you :)

1/ Concerning the stability of the software, I can't give you a dedicated answer myself as quite everyone has a different configuration (Mix of Hardware and software that are running on the computer..).
I can tell you is that stability is (after Image Quality) one of our main goal to achieve. As a consequence, version 8 (even 8.0.0) was our most stable version ever.
Of course it doesn't mean that there is never a crash or that your specific configuration is working perfectly 100%. (but compared to v7, it is globally better) Each time we release a version (now in v8.1.0) we correct the bugs that occur the most.
Hence, make sure that you have activated the box "I agree to participate anonymously in the product improvment program", that will help the team (you can find it in the "preferences" menu)
Also, I would encourage you to download the new version so you can figure out directly on your configuration.

I hope it helps,
Olivier

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 6, 2012)

2/ Concerning the fact of not using a specific correction in DxO Optics Pro (you mentioned the DxO Smart Lighting but it works with any parameter):

(I give you the process on Windows version but it should be very close on a Mac system)
- apply the DxO default preset (it is made by default if you open an image with DxO Optics Pro for the first time)
- uncheck the box of the corresponding feature (tab "Customize")
- Create a preset from current settings (right clic on the image to see this option appear on the menu)
- Save the preset with a dedicated name

A/ if you want to apply this preset on some images, you are done
B/ If you want this preset to become your default preset :
- Go to preferences (in Edit Menu)
- in the "General" tab, you will see that you can set which preset will be applied to your new images discovered by DxO Optics Pro. You can tell differently for RAW images or RGB (Tiff / JPG) images. --> select the preset that you have just created. You are done

Hope it helps

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BoatGuy
By BoatGuy (Dec 5, 2012)

Support for the NEX6, but not the 16-50 kit lens that comes with it. That's not support for the NEX6!

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 6, 2012)

@BoatGuy,

let me copy/past the answer I have just made below for mls149.

You are correct, for now DxO Opitcs Pro does the full support of Nex-6 RAW format + the DxO Optics Module for 9 associated lenses, and the 16-50 lens is not yet supported.
Even if it is not writen in our roadmap (http://dxo.com/us/photo/dxo_optics_pro/for_your_equipment), I heard that it will be supported soon but I have no date yet to communicate.

For now, you can get the full RAW support and concerning the Distortion, Vignetting, Chromatic Abberation and lens softness, you can still access everything in manual mode (until we provide the DxO Optics Module that will provide a full automatic and dedicated set of corrections)

Hope it helps,
Olivier

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mls149
By mls149 (Dec 5, 2012)

Any chance of support for Canon's SRAW?

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 7, 2012)

Hello mls149,

sRAW format is not in our current roadmap. (sRAW files don't bring much flexibility on post processing)

My suggestion (for new photos of course) is to shoot in RAW format and to adapt the size of your SD card / HD if it is possible for you. Hence you will benefit from post processing on real RAW files.

Best,
Olivier

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carpediem007
By carpediem007 (Dec 5, 2012)

copy / paste from version 8 update:

Again, still no support for the Ricoh GXR. :-(

Worse, STILL NO DNG support whatsoever. DNGs aren't even displayed in their "browser"...

And yes, I have been asking them for GXR / DNG support since version 3 or 4. :-(

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Michael Engelen
By Michael Engelen (Dec 10, 2012)

well, you can save DNG files...(process-tab)
(I am personally not using this format (yet), but would appreciate the inclusion of DNG as a standard format)

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Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (Dec 5, 2012)

Not upgrading from 7 until the interface gets a whole lot better.

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raincoat
By raincoat (Dec 6, 2012)

8.1 already. 8.2 by year end, 8.5 in feb, and bam v9 mid next year.
not a long wait.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 6, 2012)

why not if the improvment is significant ;)

That won't be that quick, but we definitly put a lot of effort to improve the versions as quick as possible. That is the reason why you see a lot of release.

Best
Olivier

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mls149
By mls149 (Dec 5, 2012)

I just downloaded 8.1 to get the support for NEX-6, and the support for the lens that comes with the camera, the 16-50mm, is NOT THERE!! Every other E mount is there, except the one that comes standard - why? We don't need the 18-55mm with the NEX-6 ! When are you going to fix it?

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 6, 2012)

Hello,

You are correct, for now DxO Opitcs Pro does the full support of Nex-6 RAW format + the DxO Optics Module for 9 associated lenses, and the 16-50 lens is not yet supported.
Even if it is not writen in our roadmap (http://dxo.com/us/photo/dxo_optics_pro/for_your_equipment), I heard that it will be supported soon but I have no date yet to communicate.

For now, you can get the full RAW support and concerning the Distortion, Vignetting, Chromatic Abberation and lens softness, you can still access everything in manual mode (until we provide the DxO Optics Module that will provide a full automatic and dedicated set of corrections)

Hope it helps,
Olivier

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Stephen123
By Stephen123 (Dec 5, 2012)

I'm curious to know why OpenCl is Windows only. Is the Mac OpenCl still not stable?

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 5, 2012)

Stephen,

unfortunatly, you are correct. It is mainly a problem due to the drivers not from DxO Optics Pro itself.

I heard that there is a "un-official" workaround to activate it on Mac but "at your own risk"
If you are interested, I will ask internally to know if this can be shared.

Best,
Olivier

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meanwhile
By meanwhile (Dec 5, 2012)

Yes please, interested here.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 6, 2012)

Hello,

I hate to say that but I brought some expectation that I can not deliver.
It looks like this "hidden" option I was refering to is no more available.

The day we will have news on this subject, we might tell it in our own forum or facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/DxOLabs?ref=hl

Best,
Olivier

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ChrisJS
By ChrisJS (Dec 5, 2012)

DxO... is Lumix FZ200 addition planned at all?

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 5, 2012)

Chris,

From what I know, this camera is in DxO scope but not yet in any of our labs for now. So I can't tell you more for now.

Best,
Olivier

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dennismullen
By dennismullen (Dec 5, 2012)

Sony A99 support please!

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 5, 2012)

Hello Dennis!
Even if officially, the camera should be supported in january (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/dxo_optics_pro/for_your_equipment) Everything is made internally to have this camera supported before the end of the year. The target is third week of december if everything goes well.

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dennismullen
By dennismullen (Dec 5, 2012)

Thank you for the good news!

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rtrski
By rtrski (Dec 6, 2012)

I'm not sure it's good news. At least another week or two for A99 support, and I'll have to upgrade from DXO standard to elite, at a price of at least $100 even with a 'sale'...when I was able to buy Lightroom 4.2 with A99 support for $130 (with a $30 gift certificate back from Amazon) three weeks ago...and the 'upgrade' to 4.3 will still be free this year.

Sorry to say it DXO, but you lost a customer. Loved you with my Olympus - you had the best NR out there for 4/3rds. But from what I can see so far of Lightroom I won't be regretting my decision.

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Norbert75
By Norbert75 (Dec 5, 2012)

One more time, it seems as they have forgottent the Fuji XPRO-1 !!!

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 5, 2012)

Hello Norbert,
You will find some explanation about Fuji cameras on this page : http://support.dxo.com/entries/22223617-will-the-camera-fuji-x-pro-1-x-e1-x10-xf1-x-s1-be-supported

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Dec 5, 2012)

Olivier, what about testing the XPro1/XE1 for a sensor score? I realize that providing DXO software support is a challenge, but surely there is nothing stopping you guys from benchmarking the cameras' sensor as per Nikon/Canon etc.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (Dec 5, 2012)

Clint,

let me ask internally but I think that the matter stays as all our tests are made on RAW files (which means that we need first to be able to read them...)

I will try to get a more precise answer.

Best,
Olivier

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