Get DxO PhotoLab 4
Essential edition: $129/£112
Elite edition: $199/169
30-day fully featured trial available
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What is DxO PhotoLab 4?
DxO PhotoLab is an advanced RAW processing and lens correction software that also has sophisticated image editing tools and powerful local adjustments. It doesn’t offer layered montages in the style of Photoshop, but it does produce the best results of any software with RAW files (it does not work with Fujifilm X-Trans RAW files, however).
PhotoLab’s lens corrections don’t just tackle distortion, chromatic aberration and corner shading, but compensate for edge softness from lenses too. PhotoLab 4 Elite has a new DeepPRIME noise processing engine which is the best software there is for reducing noise and extracting/preserving detail in high-ISO images.
DxO PhotoLab is available only as a one-off license fee, not as a subscription, and comes in different editions, and with optional add-on programs, explained below.
DxO PhotoLab is one of the candidates in the Life after Photoshop list of Best image-editing software. It’s available in both Mac and PC versions.
DxO PhotoLab Essential vs Elite
PhotoLab Essential is cheaper to buy but misses out on some of the key new technologies in the Elite edition, including DeepPRIME processing, ClearView Plus haze removal, Watermarking and advanced color management options. The Elite edition is more expensive, but the preferred option.
DxO ViewPoint 3: £69
DxO PhotoLab does offer automatic lens corrections but does not offer perspective correction tools. For this you need DxO ViewPoint 3, which is an additional purchase.
ViewPoint 3 doesn’t just offer corrections for vertical keystoning, horizontal keystoning or both, but also ‘volumetric’ correction for wide-angle lenses to prevent objects near the edge of the frame appearing ‘stretched’.
Once installed, ViewPoint 3 will work as a standalone application but, if you have PhotoLab installed, it will also integrate seamlessly with the PhotoLab interface, adding perspective correction tools to the top toolbar and the tools panels.
DxO FilmPack 5: £69/£109
FilmPack 5 is an analog film simulation tool that mimics the look of classic black and white and color films, darkroom processes and effects, and the appearance of old prints and images from old cameras. It’s available in Essential and Elite editions.
Like ViewPoint 3, it works as a standalone application but will also integrate seamlessly with DxO PhotoLab so that you can apply FilmPack 5 effects directly within PhotoLab.