DxO PureRAW 3 review

If you’ve ever been disappointed by the look of your raw files, you’ve been using the wrong raw software!

DxO PureRAW 3
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

DxO PureRAW 3 brings DxO’s RAW file processor into line with the latest technical advanced in its flagship PhotoLab 6 software, now including the amazing DeepPRIME XD noise reduction and detail enhancement tech into its batch processing tools. It can make your raw images look better than you ever imagined – yet they remain full-editable raw files.


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    Amazing noise reduction

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    Very visible detail enhancement

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    Excellent lens corrections


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    Large DNG files

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    DeepPRIME processing takes time

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    Not all cameras/lenses supported

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DxO PureRAW 3 does something rather clever. Like previous versions, it’s effectively a batch processing tool for raw files that applies DxO’s automatic lens corrections and noise reduction technologies to produce a new raw file in the DNG format that has all the extended dynamic range, color data and editability of regular raw files, but fully corrected and of a much higher quality.

If you use Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom, you may not be aware that the raw processing is not the best. Adobe’s raw engine does a good job with color profiles, AI masking, tonal adjustments, and basic lens corrections, but it’s not the best noise reduction software. Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop may be amongst the best photo editing software applications you can get, but they are not perfect. (See our Lightroom vs Photoshop comparison.)

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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