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.
But 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.
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.
Ease of use: 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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