DxO Labs has updated its DxO Optics Pro raw converter to version 6.5 for Windows and Mac. It offers a number of key improvements to Raw processing and noise reduction, and a new Single Shot HDR processing feature that corrects exposure in high contrast images with minimal noise. Version 6.5 extends Raw support to 5 additional cameras including the Canon EOS 60D, Pentax K-x and Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 in the both Standard and Elite editions, and comes with 150 new DxO optical modules.

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Press Release:

DxO Optics Pro 6.5 introduces exclusive Single Shot HDR technology for optimized rendering of contrasted scenes

Other new features include improved RAW conversion, Lightroom 3 support, speed enhancement, and increased cameras and lenses support

October 20, 2010 – DxO Labs today announced that the latest version of its award-winning image enhancement software for demanding photographers, DxO Optics Pro v6.5, will be released in early November. Along with providing photographers with high dynamic range (HDR) capability from a single RAW image, version 6.5 improves accessibility and productivity.

Single Shot HDR technology

While multi-shot HDR is becoming increasingly popular, to render both highlight and shadow details in scenes with extreme contrast, DxO Optics Pro 6.5 Single Shot HDR technology brings the power of HDR rendering to photographers working with a single RAW image.

"We found that, in a very large number of situations, Single Shot HDR technology reveals the full dynamic range of contrasted scenes without the need of cumbersome bracketing." explains Cyrille de La Chesnais, Director Sales & Marketing for DxO Labs' Photography business. "It widens picture taking opportunities in harsh lighting conditions such as backlight, opens up creative possibilities until now only available under dedicated shooting conditions and gives legacy pictures a potential new life."

Single Shot HDR technology is made possible by combining DxO Optics Pro's enhanced automatic local exposure correction with unsurpassed shadow noise removal, ensuring high-quality results from a single shot RAW image, even when aggressive tone mapping is required to bring out the details in every part of the image.

Improved RAW conversion engine for 100% automatic processing and unrivaled image quality
Considered by many professional photographers as the benchmark of RAW conversion quality and noise removal, this newest version of DxO Optics Pro further reduces low frequency color and luminance noise at any ISO ranging from 100 to 100,000, delivering more natural images.

DxO Labs' unique knowledge of sensor calibration and noise characterization allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically adapt noise removal for each image, delivering the ultimate image quality with no laborious manual tuning. DxO Optics Pro automatically applies optimal noise removal, along with optimal lighting and optics corrections appropriate for any supported photographic equipment.

Improved User Experience
The integration of DxO Optics Pro into the Lightroom 3 workflow now provides photographers with the best of both image processing and image management worlds.

When running DxO Optics Pro on computers equipped with OpenCL compatible graphic cards, users will enjoy up to 25% productivity increase, both in terms of user interface reactivity, and also in terms of batch processing time reduction.

Numerous improvements often based on customer feedback have been integrated in this version, such as a new large preview window for detailed inspection of images before adding them a Project.

Additional Camera Support
DxO Optics Pro has long been recognized for its unrivaled automatic optical fault correction based on DxO Optics Modules — laboratory-grade mathematical models defining optical faults, including the exclusive lens softness, of each particular camera & lens combination. More than 2,500 DxO Optics Modules have been made available in the last six years, and this number will grow at an accelerated pace of 600 per quarter in 2011, to reach a total of 5,000 by the end of that year.

Both the Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v6.5 now include support for the following Canon, Pentax and Sony cameras:

  • Canon EOS 60D, PowerShot S95 and PowerShot G12
  • Pentax K-x
  • Sony A290

150 new DxO Optics Modules are now available to DxO Optics Pro users covering numerous camera bodies.

Availability and pricing
DxO Optics Pro v6.5 for Windows and Mac, Standard and Elite editions are scheduled for release in early November 2010 from both DxO Labs' e-store and selected resellers:

  • Standard edition: 149 € / $169 / £ 135
  • Elite edition: 299 € / $299 / £ 269.

All customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro since June 1st, 2009 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 6.5. All other users benefit from the following upgrade pricing:

  • DxO Optics Pro Standard (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Standard: 69 € / $79 / £ 59
  • DxO Optics Pro Elite (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Elite: 99 € / $119 / £ 89.
    € and £ prices include sales taxes and VAT.