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DxO releases Optics Pro 9.1

By dpreview staff on Dec 8, 2013 at 06:00 GMT

DxO has announced updates to its recently-announced Optics Pro 9 software, bringing speed enhancements, and additional camera support. Optics Pro 9 is the latest version of DxO's long-running Optics Pro Raw conversion and optical correction software. It brings greatly improved 'denoising' (noise reduction) technology for enhanced high ISO image quality. Press Release:

DxO Optics Pro v9.1 enhances its revolutionary PRIME denoising technology to bring out even more details 

Support for 8 additional cameras and DxO FilmPack v4.5, increased speed, and new Export to Facebook feature

Special Holiday Season discounts on all DxO products through December 25, 2013

December 4, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.1 for Mac and Windows, an update of its image processing software for all demanding photographers. DxO Optics Pro v9.1 enhances its revolutionary PRIME denoising technology that restores the finest details in images even at the very highest sensitivities; provides support for eight new cameras; integrates the features of new DxO FilmPack v4.5 in plugin mode; and includes a new Export to Facebook option. 

Even more spectacular images 

DxO Optics Pro v9.1’s PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) technology has been enhanced to obtain an even more detailed rendering, particularly at high ISO. Textures and details are better preserved, and noise is eliminated more efficiently. 

A DxO Labs’ exclusive denoising technology, PRIME, has been designed to achieve unrivaled image quality. Its algorithms analyze the structure of RAW images in depth: for each pixel, nearly a thousand neighboring pixels are studied in order to identify similarities and to reconstruct information. This unusual denoising produces spectacular results: details, color saturation (particularly in dark zones), and textures are preserved for a natural-looking rendering. 

With PRIME denoising technology, DxO Optics Pro 9 offers a gain in image quality of up to one stop beyond the best noise reduction algorithms currently available on the market. 

Support for new cameras and new DxO Optics Modules available

DxO’s laboratories calibrate the most recent equipment on the market. This means that DxO Optics Pro v9.1 supports the following eight new cameras: the Sony Alpha 7R (Elite edition only), the Olympus OM-D E-M1 (Elite edition only), the Nikon D5300, the Pentax K-500, the Canon PowerShot G16 and PowerShot S120, the Panasonic Lumix GX-7, and the Sony NEX-5T.

DxO Optics Pro v9.1 also benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules: nearly 500 new camera/lens combinations round out the library, which now contains more than 16,000 available modules. Developed in the lab, these modules contain exhaustive information about the characteristics of each camera and lens so as to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness (lack of edge-to-edge sharpness) with an unmatched level of quality.

Faster display for greater productivity

DxO Optics Pro v9.1 is now faster for greater user comfort. Images now display instantly, facilitating sorting and speeding up photographers’ workflow.

All the creativity of DxO FilmPack v4.5 applied to RAW images

With DxO FilmPack in plugin mode (and thus without quitting the DxO Optics Pro interface), photographers can give their photos a unique look by directly applying to their RAW images the characteristics of any of dozens of analog films, as well as numerous filters, tonings, and visual effects — all of which they can customize in an infinite number of ways.

Integrating the latest features of DxO FilmPack v4.5, DxO Optics Pro v9.1 offers two additional new analog films – the legendary Agfa Scala™ 200x and Kodak Ektar™ 100 – as well as new Designer renderings and enhanced frame and light leak tools. 

New Export to Facebook option 

DxO Optics Pro v9.1’s new Export to Facebook option lets users share their photos via the popular social network. Photographers can publish their photos directly from RAW images, with processing and uploading combined into a single operation.

Availability and prices

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 9 for Mac and Windows are now available in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount price through December 25, 2013:

USD:

  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: $99 instead of $169
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: $199 instead of $299

GBP:

  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: £79 instead of £119
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: £159 instead of £239 

(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

EUR:

  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: 99€ instead of 149€
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition:199€ instead of 299€ 

(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 9, as well as for photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro license on or after September 1, 2013. 

A fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro v9.1, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).

Comments

Total comments: 38
DXOproshooter
By DXOproshooter (3 months ago)

Does anyone know how to reach these people?
I need to reinstall the software, but there seems to be no support
availablke in the USA.

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (4 months ago)

Seriously...still no Fuji XTrans support????

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DXOproshooter
By DXOproshooter (3 months ago)

... not even customer support - it seems.
I've been waiting all day for a reply.
so sad !

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WACONimages
By WACONimages (4 months ago)

I bought version 6 and did use the trail versions of 8 & 9. Liked it at first, but not convinced to upgrade from 6 to 9. Don't think there is so much difference given the price they asked for this new version again.

Last year I discovered PhotoNinja by coincidence and I'd never looked for any other raw converter ever since.

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naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

PhotoNinja need to fix some problem due to serious memory leaking and CPU hogging including high temperature warning. You need to be very careful if you own i7 3770K CPU that one is prone to overheat easily due to low voltage. So get a better cooling system then you are good to go. I have that experienced and end up with water cooling system.

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naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

I actually did tried Photo Ninja and am impressed with quality and colour of it. But it seems that Photo Ninja Luminance noise reduction somewhat too aggressive for my liking. And perhap a bit of aliasing in edge and corner. The software is fairly slow to process like I said above as it takes up lots of resource. They could add support like openGL or CUDA which will help improve the speed of process. They might add one day hopefully. Is that software really open resource?

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Ken Croft
By Ken Croft (4 months ago)

The link doesn't work, I had to go directly to DXO's site.
What a bummer. I spent a long time waiting for my incredibly slow internet connection to download the trial version only to find it does not work with Windows XP. Wouldn't it be a good idea to have system requirements up front before offering the trial download. Maybe it did but I didn't see it.

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jgardia
By jgardia (4 months ago)

Still no Linux version? :-(

BTW (for DPReview staff), the link to the free trial version seems wrong. could you please check it?

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morepix
By morepix (4 months ago)

If ACR/Lightroom could marry DxO Optics Pro, we'd have the best of those two worlds. But less competitive innovation.

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (4 months ago)

I always start with DxO. You can then directly export the file into PS, Lightroom, or whatever software you are using.

If you export a 16-bit file you will get the most range in your final editing software.

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DXOproshooter
By DXOproshooter (3 months ago)

They are probably waiting for a BIG enough buy out offer since they started :-)

Comment edited 25 seconds after posting
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Raist3d
By Raist3d (4 months ago)

Still no Xtrans...

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cinemascope
By cinemascope (4 months ago)

Still no Q too...

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matthewlloyd
By matthewlloyd (4 months ago)

Anyone else having problems with Canon S120 RAW files? The distortion and vignetting correction doesn't seem to work at the widest focal length.

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (4 months ago)

Yes... I have sent a support request into them. I'm working with someone at DxO for the last couple of days. Hopefully it gets fixed before Christmas pictures.

Go to support and start a ticket. They will probably ask you to send a CR2 file in to work on the issue.

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (4 months ago)

@matthewlloyd It looks like they just released an update to the module for the S120. So far it looks like the issue was corrected. I've tried it on my old images and it is working.

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matthewlloyd
By matthewlloyd (4 months ago)

Awesome - thanks! It downloaded the update and is working for me now too. I'm still seeing noticeable distortion at the wide end but it's 80% there.

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Karl Le Gros
By Karl Le Gros (4 months ago)

I just dowloaded the new 9.1 version and tested it with a RAW image lighted with candlelight. When I compare the result with the same image developped with Capture One Pro the results are significantly worse, and in particular in what relates to noise reduction. It can be that I am doing something wrong with the new DXO 9.1, bur for tthe moment being it is fairly unimpressive.

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (4 months ago)

Did you try the new PRIME noise reduction? It seems to be working amazingly for me...

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Karl Le Gros
By Karl Le Gros (4 months ago)

Yes, I did use PRIME noise reduction by pressing the PRIME button and ajusting the slider. The results are not bad but they are not as good as noise reduction in Capture One Pro Version 7. The image I used for the test was candlelight lit. Also I could not achieve the magic softones I obtained through Capture Pro.

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abluesky
By abluesky (4 months ago)

I tried to evaluate the software, but every RAW file returns a loading error. Using the Ricoh GR and I installed the Ricoh GR and GR lens module.

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naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

Has DxO improve dynamic range of input file like input file through ACR or Lightroom that stay zero in contrast, lighting, brightness/contrast? I was hoping if they do so for Canon photos. When I import into DxO in trial version, it clearly show it is too dark in shadow and is clipped. While Sony exhibit no problem at all to compare which is kinda strange. Or DxO attempt to use third party profile like Canon canned profile for Canon photos instead of its own DxO profile rather than canned. The canned Canon profile is no good as it clips the shadow badly.

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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (4 months ago)

DxO don't do magic ;) Canons DR is, well let's just say it's not good OK ?

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naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

LR and ACR reveal more shadow details even Raw Therapee reveal a lot more shadow details better than LR and ACR which is interesting. RAW software clips the shadow = destroy the dynamic range which is a problem. DxO reduce dynamic range a bit too much compare to LR/ACR leaves it original when first open file so you got enough headroom in gap of highlight and shadow to play with depend on your taste of colour and contrast. While DxO does not leave enough head room to that decrease your chance of editing it is not very good taste to it. DxO really miss the most important feature about shadow details unfortunately. And the fact is highlight recovery can be impossible cos it doesn't have as much data as shadow detail have. The noise reduction in DxO pretty good but still leaving waving lookalike symptom which is a downside. It got nothing to do with camera. Its software fault for clipping shadow if thats the case.

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naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/187176019/photos/2734537/2softwareonzerosetting

See for your self. Left is Acr is on right. All both on zero setting.
ACR wins hand down on shadow details.

That was taken with Canon EOS 50D and Tamron 18-250mm lens at Luna Park in Sydney, it was closed that time.

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naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/187176019/photos/2776614/extremeshadowtest

Another one, left is DxO, middle is ACR and right is Capture One.
This was taken with Sony Nex 7 and Sony Nex 7 has better dynamic range than Canon but yet again DxO clip the shadow and it LOOKS horrible! Can't believe it why they attempt to.

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Emacs23
By Emacs23 (4 months ago)

@nantho, canon files look so awfully noisy to the extent I think they have a reason to clip this.

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naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

Emacs23, the 2nd image I show was from Sony Nex 7, still showing noise in it too from RAW but exhibit no colour noise compare to Canon 50D does show banding and colour noise in shadow. Both Toshiba and Canon sensor are prone to banding problem though. Canon sensor is the worst for colour noise in shadow.

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naththo
By naththo (4 months ago)

Actually I think when I try do shadow recovery on canon image, the noise often get worsen. So probably need to steer clear of that.

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Brainois
By Brainois (4 months ago)

I may say that the PRIME function is astonishing.

I would like to show you somme of my very first trials. There:http://mdelfeld.smugmug.com/ARCHITECTURAL/Chruches-Elises

These images has been taken at Porto in one of these "golden" churches so specific of this country.

All images has been taken in CR2 with a 5DMkIII at 25.600 ISO and treated with DOP (DxO) and the PRIME tool.

Since then, I did many other trials in different conditions. Even using PRIME with low ISO values.

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Lan
By Lan (4 months ago)

Agreed. I tried the demo version using PRIME with an ISO 25600 shot from my 5D2, and was staggered by just how good it was at removing noise whilst keeping the detail intact. I showed a couple of people the shots at 1920x1080 and they all guessed they were taken at ISO800!

On a couple of shots it pulled detail out of areas I thought were completely obliterated by noise too.

I was so impressed I went out and bought a copy!

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Joel Benford
By Joel Benford (4 months ago)

There's a trial.

I never had v8, but after trying the high ISO NR I bought it and made it fit in with my Lightroom workflow. I really didn't want to complicate things, but it was too good to ignore.

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Prognathous
By Prognathous (4 months ago)

The upgrade from v8.x is now $49. Any opinions on whether the improvements are worth it? I usually upgrade every other version, but I have to admit the new NR looks impressive...

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Prognathous
By Prognathous (4 months ago)

Another question - is the output with OpenCL enabled in v9 the same as with CPU-only processing? I really dislike it that to get good performance with v8 I have to compromise on output integrity.

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Ember42
By Ember42 (4 months ago)

If you take a lot of pictures in high ISO, especially if heavily cropped and shadows boosted, then yes worth it. If you do mostly low ISO and not much one shot HDR or similair, then probably no.

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Pictus
By Pictus (4 months ago)

Prognathous, here OpenCL make no difference, but my graphic card is old/slow(nvidia GT240), best ask the support.

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VividExposures
By VividExposures (4 months ago)

Upgrade is $39 for me ;)

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raincoat
By raincoat (4 months ago)

Each year DXO claims a new breakthrough in ISO/noise management. Each year I see little difference. If you always shootnoisy underexposed images, maybe you can have a try. I'd just wait for v10 next year.

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