LR Alternatives for Fuji

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Coldpaw Contributing Member • Posts: 730
DXO PhotoLab

First off, I am one of the very few people here who actually never ever used Adobe Lightroom a single time. Yes it is the industry leader and there are reasons for it and why essentially everyone is using it, however I am not a fan of the subscription model and decided to not even bother with LR.

I have since settled with DXO PhotoLab as it is being called since a few years now. For my kind if use it's almost perfect, plus the DeepPRIME noise reduction is very welcome, especially for my Micro Four Thirds kit. I also enjoy their Film Pack which adds a bunch of presets to alter the look with a few clicks.

What I especially enjoy about the software: You can open images right away, no need to import them into sessions or catalogs or whatever.

If you should be interested in DXO just an important information:
They will release a new, major version in about 8-9 weeks, once that version is out, the current version 5.x won't get any new updates or support for newer cameras, it will stay as it is and the new version 6.x will be supported from then on.

I've also used Capture One (Express) and liked it almost more than PhotoLab, especially due to the nice output of the X-Trans files. I feel like C1 makes it easier to maintain a more "natural" look for an image than PhotoLab does, but that might be just my impression. However I never upgraded to the fully featured version because for my use it's just not worth the heavy price tag they are asking. Plus I'd use DXO anyways for my MFT equipment, so I couldn't really justify buying their software.

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