DxO PureRAW review

DxO PureRAW can optimize your raw files before you process them in your regular software – it’s the best of both worlds

5 Star Rating
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you love DxO’s raw processing but don’t want to swap your existing editing software and workflow, DxO PureRAW is the answer. It gives the best of both worlds – raw files with all the dynamic range and color control you need in a raw file – but with noise control, detail rendition and lens corrections that your regular software can’t match.


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    Little user input or know-how needed

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    Fully automated enhancements

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    Works with your existing software

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    Sheer quality of the results


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    Not compatible with X-Trans files

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    Linear DNGs up to 3x larger

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DxO PureRAW takes DxO’s existing image processing and lens correction technologies and employs them in an entirely new way. Usually, if you want to get the best possible raw processing software, you then have to adopt it as your photo processing workflow.

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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