DxO has taken the wraps off OpticsPro 10, the latest software version that brings with it, among other things, DxO ClearView for correcting atmospheric haze. Joining the ClearView feature are some improvements to the software, not the least of which is enhanced noise reduction promised to trump competing products, as well as interface changes.

The ClearView function aims to eliminate both haze and smog from photos of urban and landscape settings, doing so using a new algorithm that looks at every pixel's color components and tweaks contrast levels as necessary. The correction is a one-click process, and is limited to only the areas in which it is needed.

In addition to ClearView, the PRIME technology used to reduce noise levels has been updated to better preserve and reveal image details while simultaneously processing photographs faster (as much as 4x over the previous speeds). This is complemented by a redesigned noise reduction palette, says DxO, that gives its users a larger preview area and improved interface. 

OpticsPro brings with it more than 20,000 combined camera and lens profiles, the information in which is used to apply corrections to troubles common with a photographer's specific kit. The software's Smart Lighting and Lens Softness features have been updated in the latest version, with improved auto-mode rendering of Smart Lighting and fewer artifacts from the softness tool.

Rounding out the changes is ViewPoint plugin integration, an overall improvement to the application's user interface, and a boot speed that is said to be 1.5 times faster than previous versions (joined by 10x faster file loading). DxO OpticsPro 10 is available for Windows and Mac OS X as of now in both Essential and Elite editions, with the latter offering the full suite of features.

OpticsPro 10 Essential is priced at $129 USD/£99, while OpticsPro 10 Elite is priced at $199 USD/£159.

Press release:

DxO OpticsPro 10 adds DxO ClearView, a spectacular new feature that eliminates haze, and improves its revolutionary PRIME denoising technology

Praised for the unrivaled quality of its image processing, DxO OpticsPro is now even more accessible via two new editions and new pricing

Special sale on DxO Photo Suite, which includes all three DxO image-processing software products, through November 25, 2014

October 29, 2014 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO OpticsPro 10, the new version of its flagship software that has been acclaimed numerous times for the unrivaled quality of its image processing. DxO OpticsPro 10 adds DxO ClearView, a new feature that eliminates atmospheric haze in a spectacular fashion. This new version also enhances the revolutionary PRIME denoising technology, DxO’s breakthrough noise reduction approach that can improve image quality of up to one full stop over the best noise reduction algorithms currently on the market.

DxO OpticsPro leverages DxO Lab’s rigorous scientific calibration of camera equipment, now including over 20,000 camera and lens combinations. Based on this proprietary data, DxO OpticsPro is able to offer the most powerful tools for processing RAW and JPEG images: unequaled optical corrections, intelligent optimization of exposure and contrast, and preservation of colors and details. Its many presets allow photographers to adapt the processing to suit their tastes, and to bring out the best in their photos in just a few clicks.

More accessible than ever, DxO OpticsPro 10 is available in two new editions – ESSENTIAL and ELITE – for both Mac and PC, starting from $129/£99/129€.

New DxO ClearView feature

The new exclusive DxO ClearView feature automatically eliminates the phenomenon of atmospheric haze visible in many landscape photos, as well as the smog often present in urban images. Based on a powerful algorithm, DxO ClearView analyzes the color components of each pixel and locally improves the image contrast.

“Due to its physical nature, the phenomenon of haze increases with the distance between the camera and the subject. That’s why DxO OpticsPro establishes a kind of depth map of the image scene and removes the impression of grey veil only when necessary” explains Frédéric Guichard, Chief Scientist Officer of DxO Labs. He adds: “The correction is local and completely automatic, making it unnecessary to draw areas by hand or to create a graduated filter.”

The results are spectacular: in just one click, the contrast in the image is instantly improved and faded colors are revived. For expert photographers, the intensity of the effect can be modified, so as to tailor the correction to the individual taste of each photographer.

Revolutionary PRIME technology optimized

Designed to achieve optimal image quality, DxO OpticsPro 10’s revolutionary PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) denoising technology has been improved to reveal more details and further optimized to increase speed, with processing time up to 4 times faster! In addition, the interface of the Noise reduction palette has been improved and provides a larger area for previewing denoising.

A DxO exclusive, PRIME denoising technology is based on a thorough analysis of the structure of an image in order to differentiate between noise and fine details. For each pixel, nearly a thousand neighboring pixels are studied to identify the similarities and recombine information. This ultra-high-quality denoising brings spectacular results: textures, details, and color saturation are preserved, particularly in shadows, even in images shot at very high sensitivities.

DxO Smart Lighting and DxO Lens Softness optimization

The exclusive DxO Smart Lighting feature optimizes the contrast over the entire image by intelligently adapting to its contents. Improved in DxO OpticsPro 10, it now offers a better rendering in automatic mode, thanks to a more detailed analysis of the scene content. In manual mode, the Selective tone sliders act even more precisely: information that one thought was lost in the dark or burnt zones are better restored, even in cases of strong backlighting. 

With its precise knowledge of lens performance, DxO OpticsPro’s exclusive DxO Lens Softness tool harmonizes the sharpness of photos from the center to the edges, giving images exceptional crispness, regardless of shooting conditions. It performs with fewer artifacts than the previous version, as well as preserves colors better, to provide even stronger visual accents. Default color accentuation has also been increased to obtain even sharper images.

The power of DxO ViewPoint’s geometrical corrections applied to RAW files

DxO OpticsPro 10 can now integrate DxO ViewPoint’s powerful geometrical corrections. After the DxO ViewPoint plugin is activated, a dedicated palette lets photographers directly correct perspective problems and volume deformation in RAW and JPEG images. The dedicated DxO ViewPoint palette includes all the same visual tools as the standalone application version.

Even more comfort and productivity

The DxO OpticsPro interface has evolved once again. The White Balance and Dust Correction tools can now be used in full-screen mode for greater comfort and precision. The image browser has been simplified and the overall design of the interface has been revised.

More powerful than ever before, DxO Optics Pro has sped up its boot speed (x1.5), paired with a much faster file loading sped (x10) on both Mac and Windows for immediate access to images.

Finally, DxO OpticsPro 10 now supports DNG files converted using Lightroom or Adobe DNG Converter (so long as the original RAW file is also supported), for an easier workflow with Adobe products 

New editions and new prices

DxO OpticsPro 10 is now accessible via two new editions, ESSENTIAL and ELITE, both of which support all of the equipment calibrated by DxO. The two editions differ in terms of the number of features available:

Availability and special introductory offer

The ESSENTIAL and ELITE editions of DxO OpticsPro 10 for Mac and PC are immediately available in the DxO online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers.

Photographers who purchased DxO OpticsPro 9 on or after September 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 10. All users who upgrade to DxO OpticsPro 10 ELITE Edition are entitled to a free copy of DxO ViewPoint 1.0.

Two editions of the DxO Photo Suite, both of which include DxO’s three image-processing software products, are available in the DxO online store at a special discount through November 25, 2014:

(DxO OpticsPro 10 ESSENTIAL Edition + DxO FilmPack 5 ESSENTIAL Edition* + DxO ViewPoint 2)
(Versus $287 purchased individually) 
(Versus £217 purchased individually) 
189 €
(Versus 287 € purchased individually) 
DxO ELITE Photo Suite
DxO OpticsPro 10 ELITE Edition + DxO FilmPack 5 ELITE Edition* + DxO ViewPoint 2 
(Versus $407 purchased individually) 
(Versus £317 purchased individually) 
289 €
(Versus 407 € purchased individually) 

* DxO FilmPack 5 is immediately available as a plugin for DxO OpticsPro. The plugin versions for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, and Apple Aperture, as well as the standalone application, will be available starting in mid-November.

A fully functional free trial version of DxO OpticsPro 10, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photography/download).