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DxO releases Optics Pro 8.2 with additional cameras, FilmPack 4 support

By dpreview staff on Jun 5, 2013 at 13:00 GMT

DxO Labs has released version 8.2 of its DxO Optics Pro software. Both the Elite and Standard versions gain support for the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, the Sony SLT-A58, and the Ricoh GR. Version 8.2 of DxO Optics Pro also supports all features of the newly announced FilmPack 4 as a plugin.

Press Release:

DxO Optics Pro v8.2 supports 3 new cameras and includes the new features of DxO FilmPack 4

June 5, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v8.2, the new version of its image processing software of reference for all demanding photographers, which was recently awarded the coveted 2013 TIPA Prize in the category of Best Photo Software. This update for Mac and Windows allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to support the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, the Sony SLT-A58, and the Ricoh GR, as well as to incorporate all of the new features of DxO FilmPack 4 as a plugin.

All of DxO FilmPack 4’s creativity applied to RAW images

DxO Optics Pro v8.2 is able to combine the power of its corrections with the creativity of all the new tools in DxO FilmPack 4 (Expert Edition) in an entirely non-destructive workflow that handles RAW images as well as JPEG.

With DxO FilmPack 4, photographers can apply to their digital photos all the characteristic color, contrast, and grain of analog films that made photographic history, along with many original looks, filters, tonings, and visual effects — all of which can be infinitely combined and customized.

The new tools in DxO FilmPack 4 (Expert Edition) in plugin mode include a new range of effects that can give RAW and JPEG images an even more personal signature. In particular, such new effects as texture, light leaks, and special frames take users even further into the world of analog film photography.

Using DxO FilmPack 4 as a plugin for DxO Optics Pro 8 requires the purchase of a DxO FilmPack 4 license.

New DxO Optics Modules

DxO Optics Pro v8.2 benefits from the continuous development of DxO Optics Modules. 439 new camera/lens combinations now reside in the library, providing support for additional Canon, Carl Zeiss, Konica, Nikkor, Panasonic, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, and Tokina lenses for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh, and Sony cameras.

DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data points about the intrinsic characteristics and flaws of each camera and lens. This database allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct all the optical flaws in RAW and JPEG images – distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, lens softness – with an unrivaled level of quality.\

Availability and Prices

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: £79 (instead of £119)
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: £159 (instead of £239)
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for photographers who purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012. Other users can go through their customer account to benefit from a special discount on their upgrade through June 30, 2013.

A complete, fully-functional trial 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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Comments

Total comments: 27
Shamael
By Shamael (10 months ago)

I have DXO 8, PS CS6 and C1Pro on my machine, running Win7-64bit, and I made a serious test of what could make the best out of my shots. To me, if it comes to flexibility, PS CS6 is the best, if it comes to get the best IQ our of a shot in all conditions, nothing can beat C1Pro. DXO is hell of a good soft as well, but can not compete with C1Pro when it come to take the best out of a shot, even CR7 from Adobe can't beat it, and that means something. And, I use them with 6 different cameras and brands.

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leerob
By leerob (10 months ago)

I cannot believe it still doesn't have red eye tool.

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ManuelVilardeMacedo
By ManuelVilardeMacedo (10 months ago)

If you use flashes that cause red eyes, you probably aren't the kind of consumer DxO has in mind...

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (10 months ago)

I upgraded to DXO v8.2 but my Expert Film Pack was not upgraded from 3 to 4.
Does anyone know why?

Dxo's web site had no info on this issue.

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Prognathous
By Prognathous (10 months ago)

Probably because you have a license for FP v3 and DxO v8.2 comes with a *trial* version of FP v4. If they overwrote your FP v3 installation you'd end up losing your legally owned software, having to pay for an upgrade that you might not want.

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raincoat
By raincoat (10 months ago)

You have to pay for Film Pack again separately.

Also note that DXO v9 is due out in a couple months, any bug fixes you're waiting for will be out then.

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (10 months ago)

Thanks for the replies

I live by DXO now that my D7100 with the kit lens produces detail I still can not believe and that you would never see in the Jpegs.

Also works great on my P7700 images.

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DxO Labs
By DxO Labs (10 months ago)

Hello!

We would like to make it clear: FilmPack 4 is a paying upgrade to FilmPack 3, but Optics Pro 8.2 does NOT lose compatibility with FilmPack 3 in any way. If you choose not to start the FilmPack 4 demo, or not to buy FilmPack 4 when your demo is over, you will still be able to use your FilmPack 3 functions just like before.

Best regards!

The DxO Labs team

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (10 months ago)

Furter clarification:
I just noticed a link to activate a freeFilm Pack 4 31 day trial right in my DXO program.
Open DXO then click on Help then 'DXO film Pack'.
I did not know this link was there when I updated to v8.2 DXO.

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dennismullen
By dennismullen (10 months ago)

DxO doesn't compete with Adobe, it assists it. For best results use DxO and export as a DNG file, then open the DNG file in ACR and on to Photoshop. It's the best of all worlds.

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Keith Reeder
By Keith Reeder (10 months ago)

You clearly don't have a clue about DxO Optics Pro, Reilly - if you simply leave it to its own devices it will provide almost "perfect" conversions without any user input; and any work that needs to be done on a given file is at least as easy and intuitive to do in it as in Lr.

I use both Optic Pro 8 and Lr 4, and - without question - it is night-and-day easier to get an excellent image out of the DxO application than the Adobe one. Lr's advantages are its highlight recovery and local adjustments, but ease of use? Inherently superior IQ?

Nope.

And - good as Lr is at high ISO - it's kicked into the weeds by Optics Pro, and here too, Optics Pro gets it right without any needs for user input.

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (10 months ago)

I agree. Said better than I could.

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Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (10 months ago)

Do not presume to tell me what I know or don't know. I've had DXO longer than you have in all likelihood, and know just how to use it. For Nikon, the "DXO Default" raw conversion is dark, muddy mess, and needs a lengthy session lasting several days to get it right. LR4 leaves it in the dust in so many ways, it's almost comical.

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raincoat
By raincoat (10 months ago)

I have not used LR4, but I have used DXO since v4, and in NO way can you get an excellent image out of it using defaults without any user input.

In fact, my SOOC JPGs look better than the DXO defaults. My workflow is always to tweak DXO for each image until it is at least as good as the SOOC JPGs, then provide further tweaks to improve it.

Current DXO output is only acceptable if your RAW is correctly exposed, ie your JPG looks good. If not, it can only go so far before being useless.

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Hachu21
By Hachu21 (10 months ago)

what's the différences between elite and standard? Didn't found that...
EDIT : forget that, just found the info.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (10 months ago)

Hello Hachu21,

Good that you found the answer. To make sure that everyone get it, let me give it here:

The Standard edition is calibrated to support a large number of compact, bridge, and DSLR cameras.
The Elite edition supports numerous additional consumer, professional and high-end camera/lens combinations.

To choose the edition that works with your equipment, seethe following page, and select your camera:
http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/dxo-optics-pro/supported-equipment

Best,
Olivier

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raincoat
By raincoat (10 months ago)

Every single full frame camera requires the elite version.

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Olivier from DxO Labs
By Olivier from DxO Labs (10 months ago)

@raincoat,

you are correct

Olivier

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utphoto
By utphoto (10 months ago)

I can't fault the IQ, generally speaking of DXO processed images. The problem I have with this program is that I frequently go on a shoot with two camera systems, including a Pentax 645D. DXO still does not process 645D DNG files. That issue, along with a graphical interface that is not as intuitive and 'flowing' as LR4, makes it a non-starter for me, once again. YMMV.

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Stephen Scharf
By Stephen Scharf (10 months ago)

Doesn't support Fuji X-Trans cameras, either, and like you, I find the interface to be rather slow and non-intuitive. Tough to beat Lightroom for integration and fluidity of use.

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Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (10 months ago)

DXO is a long, long way behind LR4/5 in every department except lens corrections, at which LR is quite good. DXO Default raw conversion for Nikon is simply dreadful compared to ACR. It is as well a puzzlement to me as to why DXO hasn't discovered autohide/reveal panels on mouseover, to name just one essential convenience that makes LR4 such a fast program to use compared with the carpal tunnel-inducing number of clicks to get through a session with DXO. Reveillez-vous, DXO!

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Prognathous
By Prognathous (10 months ago)

Reilly, DxO is ahead of LR in many areas, it absolutely obliterates it in noise reduction. Have you actually tried the DxO or read any of the reviews?

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Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (10 months ago)

No, sorry, the DXO NR isn't much to get excited about, not anywhere near as good as Topaz Denoise, which is also much better than LR4's, which I don't use other than the default chroma NR 25 on the import. Topaz Denoise is in a class by itself, really.
I guess I didn't make it clear, I've owned DXO for years and know better than most of you how to use it to best advantage when the occasion calls for it, as in superwide distortion. I also use CNX2, PS and LR. DXO still hasn't got Transform/Warp like Photoshop, which it really should for the money they're asking and the type of distortion correction which is their stock in trade.

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Reilly Diefenbach
By Reilly Diefenbach (10 months ago)

Part II. You have to admit, the DXO interface leaves a lot to be desired. I keep bugging them, they keep not making it easy to use, I keep complaining, and round and round we go. I have spent many, many hours tweaking the myriad of sliders to make a good raw conversion, which it will definitely do if you work on it for a few days and make your own presets. LR4 does just as well with no work, and Process 2012 simply smokes any other develop regime for highlights and shadow manipulation. Genius.
Lightroom/PS is the ultimate processing pair.
That's all, folks, use what you like, it's all good.

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dennismullen
By dennismullen (10 months ago)

Funny, I find it just the opposite. The default preset in DxO is usually perfect. I have to work to get the same results in ACR In the past the workflow in DxO was awkward but Ver. 8 seems just fine to me. The NR in DxO is top notch.

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npires
By npires (10 months ago)

Sorry have just been following this thread and felt the need to reply. I'm a Lightroom user have been using for a few years now and love it a lot.

Downloaded the trial of Optics Pro to give it a go and see if I can improve my work flow better. I have to agree with other posters here that it's auto corrections seem to be fine or close to what would be required for my taste in processing and in most cases seems to be a bit faster than using Lightroom.

I really can't seem to understand why Reilly has such a harsh negative view on this application and self elevating yourself because you've "used it for years before anyone" doesn't add to your argument at all. You've got something personal against them it seems.

If you can't figure out howto make decent results in a few hours then the problem is most likely yourself not the application.

Don't get me wrong it might not be handling the Nikon RAWs as well as it should be but think about it for a change. It's most likely you.

Just saying.

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perry rhodan
By perry rhodan (10 months ago)

Hear, hear! Well spoken. And to sum it up to Reilly (really?) I've used DOP from the absolute start. From the times the guys didn't even had a proper office in Paris. Doing magic in the kitchen so to speak. AND they really shine! For the measeley euro's they ask its by far the best To Me. regards ;P

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