DxO Nik Collection 4 review

DxO Nik Collection 4 is a significant update if you use Silver Efex Pro and Viveza, but the other plug-ins are unchanged

5 Star Rating
DxO Nik Collection 4
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Digital Camera World Verdict

DxO continues to improve the Nik Collection with every iteration, but while there are some great additions and improvements this time around, it has left two of the most popular plug-ins – Silver Efex Pro and Viveza – looking slightly at odds with the rest. That aside, though, this is still the best plug-in suite there is for photographers, with an enhanced Photoshop and Lightroom workflow to boot. All the plug-ins work as standalone apps too, so they can be used as external editors with Capture One and a host of other programs.


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    Still the best creative plug-ins

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    Silver Efex Pro now has ClearView

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    Viveza refresh includes presets

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    New Meta Presets in Photoshop


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    Silver Efex Pro and Viveza now look different to the rest

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DxO Nik Collection 4 is a set of eight plug-ins which can be launched from within Photoshop and Lightroom but can also act as independent standalone programs in their own right or launched as external editors from other program.

The Nik Collection has been around a long, long time, and after languishing for a while with Google (which did add the excellent Analog Efex Pro plug-in, to be fair), it was eventually bought out by DxO, which has been continuing its evolution ever since.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com