DxO PhotoLab 6 review

DxO PhotoLab 6 is for RAW purists who want the best possible quality from their images – and it definitely delivers

DxO PhotoLab 6
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

PhotoLab 6 is a very powerful and effective non-destructive photo browser, raw processor and image editor. Its lab-developed lens corrections are excellent, correcting edge softness too, its new and improved DeepPRIME XD processing gives spectacular results with high-ISO images, its new ‘nested’ Projects make it a much better photo organizer and there are other improvements too. For photo quality purists, it’s perhaps the best editor out there today.


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    Exceptional DeepPRIME XD processing

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    New ‘nested’ projects for organization

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    More advanced ReTouch tool

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    Great local and global adjustments


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    A bit technical for beginners

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    iPhone DNGs not yet supported

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DxO PhotoLab 6 is the latest version of a program designed for high-end RAW processing and lens corrections with a strong emphasis on technical accuracy in both color and detail rendition.

It’s basically a combined photo browser, raw processor and editing tool that can take you from a folder full of raw files straight from your camera to edited, corrected and enhanced images tuned just how you want them with a set of very powerful overall adjustment tools, and local adjustments, which mean you may not need any other photo editor –  though you can launch other programs from within PhotoLab if you need to.

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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