DxO PhotoLab 5 review

DxO’s flagship raw processing, lens correction and editing software now supports Fujifilm X-Trans raw files… and there’s more!

DxO PhotoLab 5
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

PhotoLab 5’s raw processing is just about the best there is, its lens corrections can make even cheap glass look good, and its local adjustment tools are pretty exceptional. It places raw image quality above practically everything else, but you need to know what you’re getting into. The PhotoLibrary panel is a long way from Lightroom, the Elite edition (the one you want) isn’t cheap, and this is not a program for beginners.


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    Exceptional raw processing

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    Edge softness correction

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    Detailed local adjustments

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    DeepPRIME noise reduction


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    Elite edition quite expensive

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    Really needs ViewPoint add-on too

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    Fujifilm X-Trans support still beta

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    Basic organizing tools

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DxO PhotoLab 5 is part raw processing tool and part image editor, with some basic but effective image browsing and organizing tools thrown in. Its main claim to fame is its exceptional raw processing quality, combined with DxO’s lab-developed lens correction profiles.

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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