DxO Optics Pro 9 review: will this software make your camera perform better?

DxO Optics Pro 9 review: can this software make your camera perform better than you thought possible?

DxO Optics Pro 9 Review: the verdict

DxO Optics Pro 9 Review: the verdict

You’re in for a shock the first time you use DxO Optics Pro. You’ll find out just how much distortion and corner shading your lenses produce, and you’ll see how much better your pictures look without chromatic aberration, which often ‘colours’ fine details more than you think. And it’s all completely automatic.

The software identifies your camera and lens from the embedded shooting (Exif) data and selects and applies the correct correction profile automatically.

It also happens to be an exceptionally good raw converter, producing noticeably crisper detail and less noise than Adobe Camera Raw, for example.

DxO Optics Pro 9 reviewBut Optics Pro is quite inflexible. It will only work on your original images straight from the camera, and you’ll still need Photoshop, Elements or some other image-editor for jobs such as cloning, special effects, localised adjustments and other image manipulation tasks.

Final Verdict
DxO Optics Pro 9 excels at lens corrections, clean and sharp raw conversions and especially shadow recovery. But we’d like to see more adjustment tools so you don’t have to turn to other applications for further work.

Features: 3/5
Results: 5/5
Ease of use: 4/5
Value: 4/5

Final score: 4/5

Standard, £79
; Elite, £159

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DxO Optics Pro 9 Specs

System requirements PC
Windows Vista, 7 or 8 (64-bit edition recommended); Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or later processor; 2GB hard disk space (6GB recommended); 2GB RAM (8GB recommended)

System requirements Mac
Mac OS X 10.6 or later; Intel processor; hard disk space and RAM, as Windows

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Rivals to DxO Optics Pro 9

Rivals to DxO Optics Pro 9: Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC
Price: £18 per month
Photoshop CC comes with the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in: this has correction profiles for many lenses, though Optics Pro has the edge for quality and scope.


Adobe Lightroom 5 review: is this the game-changer you've been waiting for?

Photoshop Lightroom 5
Price: £72
Lightroom is based around Camera Raw, and can correct distortion, chromatic aberration and corner shading in most mainstream lenses – and automatically too.

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Rivals to DxO Optics Pro 9: Phase One Capture Pro 7

Phase One Capture One 7 Pro
Price: €229
Capture One is a serious option for raw conversions and lens corrections. It doesn’t support all lenses yet, but its raw conversion quality is second to none.

PAGE 1: New features in DxO Optics Pro 9
PAGE 2: Using DxO’s Smart Lighting and visual presets
PAGE 3: DxO Optics Pro 9 Review: the verdict
PAGE 4: Our original DxO Optics Pro 8 review


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  • Gerry Long

    EERrrm didn’t you know about ACDSee, an excellent user friendly comprehensive editing tool with raw processing. I had trial versions of all the Adobe editors etc, and uninstalled them after 2 frustrating weeks! Found dozens had encountered the same problem as me and in spite of reference to multiple internet entries could not resolve the problem. The loaded photo bore no resemblance to the pic on my camera or on any other of the viewing software I use (at least 1 stop underexposed) ! Attempting to get assistance from Adobe was the ultimate in frustration! Adobe….no thanks!