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Category: Software
Product: DxO FilmPack Version 4
Rating: 3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5

DxO FilmPack Expert 4 Review - Daniel Bell tests the latest version of DxO FilmPack, using the Expert edition.

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Dxo Filmpack 4 Screenshot 1

DxO FilmPack 4 is the latest edition of the Windows and Mac program which lets you apply film effects to your digital photos. Since the launch of version 4, it has been updated to 4.5 which includes extra film renderings, creative new looks and more special effects. There are two editions - Essential (£39) and Expert (£79), on test here is the Expert Edition. For more information on each edition, visit the DxO website.

Dxo Filmpack 4 Screenshot 2

DxO FilmPack Expert 4 Features

  • Black & white film renderings - films such as the Kodak Tri-X, Fuji Neopan, Polaroid etc.
  • Colour film renderings - up to 39 colour films such as Kodak Portra 160 NC, Polaroid, Fuji Velvia 50 etc
  • Designer presets - vintage effects, aged photos and tints
  • Film grain - add grain to your digital photos to restore all the authenticity of an analog film
  • Denoising tool - reduce the digital noise in your high-sensitivity images and replace it with an authentic film grain
  • Apply effects by using numerous one-click settings - toning, colour filters, textures, light leaks, frames, creative vignetting and creative blur vignetting
  • Advanced settings - black & white control, colour control (hue / saturation / luminance)
  • Tone curve - adjust the tones, contrasts and luminosity of your images
  • Vibrancy - apply intelligent saturation to your images
  • Micro-contrast - boost the local contrast
  • Cropping - adjust the final size and composition of your image
  • Plugin and standalone application - can be used both as a standalone application and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Apple Aperture and DxO Optics Pro
  • Facebook export
  • Batch processing
Dxo Filmpack 4 Screenshot 3

DxO FilmPack Expert 4 Performance

When you open DxO Filmpack 4 for the first time there is a sample image and a range of presets already set as favourites (the tab is represented by a star), so you can quickly have a play around to see what can be achieved. The presets are grouped into colour slide film, colour negative film, black and white film, designer presets and custom presets. We've included examples of each of the presets below.

DxO FilmPack 4 Sample Photos

Colour Slide Film - Generic Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS

Colour Slide Film - Generic Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Generic Kodak Kodachrome 64

Colour Slide Film - Generic Kodak Kodachrome 64
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Kodak E-100 GX Ektachrome 100

Colour Slide Film - Kodak E-100 GX Ektachrome 100
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Elite Chrome 200

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Elite Chrome 200
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Elite Chrome 400

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Elite Chrome 400
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Elite Extracolor 100

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Elite Extracolor 100
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Kodachrome 25

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Kodachrome 25
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Kodachrome 64

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Kodachrome 64
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Kodachrome 200

Colour Slide Film - Kodak Kodachrome 200
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Lomography X Pro Slide 200

Colour Slide Film - Lomography X Pro Slide 200
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Polaroid 660

Colour Slide Film - Polaroid 660
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Polaroid 669

Colour Slide Film - Polaroid 669
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Polaroid Polachrome

Colour Slide Film - Polaroid Polachrome
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Agfa Ultra Color 100

Colour Negative Film - Agfa Ultra Color 100
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Agfa Vista 200

Colour Negative Film - Agfa Vista 200
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Cross Processed Kodak Elite 100

Colour Negative Film - Cross Processed Kodak Elite 100
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Fuji Superia 200

Colour Negative Film - Fuji Superia 200
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Fuji Superia Hg 1600

Colour Negative Film - Fuji Superia Hg 1600
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Fuji Superia Reala 100

Colour Negative Film - Fuji Superia Reala 100
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Fuji Superia X Tra 800

Colour Negative Film - Fuji Superia X Tra 800
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Kodak Ektar 100

Colour Negative Film - Kodak Ektar 100
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Kodak Elite Color 200

Colour Negative Film - Kodak Elite Color 200
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Kodak Elite Color 400

Colour Negative Film - Kodak Elite Color 400
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Kodak Portra 160 NC

Colour Negative Film - Kodak Portra 160 NC
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Kodak Portra 160 Vc

Colour Negative Film - Kodak Portra 160 Vc
High-Res

Colour Negative Film - Lomography Redscale 100

Colour Negative Film - Lomography Redscale 100
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Agfa Precisa 100

Colour Slide Film - Agfa Precisa 100
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Cross Process Fuji Superia 200

Colour Slide Film - Cross Process Fuji Superia 200
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Astia 100f

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Astia 100f
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Fuji FP 100C

Colour Slide Film - Fuji FP 100C
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Provia 100F

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Provia 100F
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Provia 400F

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Provia 400F
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Provia 400X

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Provia 400X
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Sensia 100

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Sensia 100
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Velvia 50

Colour Slide Film - Fuji Velvia 50
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Generic Fuji Astia 100

Colour Slide Film - Generic Fuji Astia 100
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Generic Fuji Provia 100

Colour Slide Film - Generic Fuji Provia 100
High-Res

Colour Slide Film - Generic Fuji Velvia 100

Colour Slide Film - Generic Fuji Velvia 100
High-Res

Black And White Film - Agfa Apx 25

Black And White Film - Agfa Apx 25
High-Res

Black And White Film - Agfa Apx 100

Black And White Film - Agfa Apx 100
High-Res

Black And White Film - Agfa Scala 200x

Black And White Film - Agfa Scala 200x
High-Res

Black And White Film - Fuji Neopan 1600

Black And White Film - Fuji Neopan 1600
High-Res

Black And White Film - Fuji Neopan Acros 100

Black And White Film - Fuji Neopan Acros 100
High-Res

Black And White Film - Ilford Delta 100

Black And White Film - Ilford Delta 100
High-Res

Black And White Film - Ilford Delta 400

Black And White Film - Ilford Delta 400
High-Res

Black And White Film - Ilford Delta 3200

Black And White Film - Ilford Delta 3200
High-Res

Black And White Film - Ilford FP4 Plus 125

Black And White Film - Ilford FP4 Plus 125
High-Res

Black And White Film - Ilford HP5 800

Black And White Film - Ilford HP5 800
High-Res

Black And White Film - Ilford HP5 Plus 400

Black And White Film - Ilford HP5 Plus 400
High-Res

Black And White Film - Ilford Pan F-Plus 50

Black And White Film - Ilford Pan F-Plus 50
High-Res

Black And White Film - Ilford XP2

Black And White Film - Ilford XP2
High-Res

Black And White Film - Kodak BW 400 CN

Black And White Film - Kodak BW 400 CN
High-Res

Black And White Film - Kodak HIE Filtered (High Speed Infrared)

Black And White Film - Kodak HIE Filtered (High Speed Infrared)
High-Res

Black And White Film - Kodak HIE (High Speed Infrared)

Black And White Film - Kodak HIE (High Speed Infrared)
High-Res

Black And White Film - Kodak T-Max 100

Black And White Film - Kodak T-Max 100
High-Res

Black And White Film - Kodak T-Max 400

Black And White Film - Kodak T-Max 400
High-Res

Black And White Film - Kodak T-Max 3200

Black And White Film - Kodak T-Max 3200
High-Res

Black And White Film - Kodak Tri-X 400

Black And White Film - Kodak Tri-X 400
High-Res

Black And White Film - Polaroid 664

Black And White Film - Polaroid 664
High-Res

Black And White Film - Polaroid 667

Black And White Film - Polaroid 667
High-Res

Black And White Film - Polaroid 672

Black And White Film - Polaroid 672
High-Res

Black And White Film - Rollei IR 400

Black And White Film - Rollei IR 400
High-Res

Black And White Film - Rollei Ortho 25

Black And White Film - Rollei Ortho 25
High-Res

Black And White Film - Rollei Retro 80s

Black And White Film - Rollei Retro 80s
High-Res

Black And White Film - Rollei Retro 100 Tonal

Black And White Film - Rollei Retro 100 Tonal
High-Res

Designer - Arkadia

Designer - Arkadia
High-Res

Designer - Beauty

Designer - Beauty
High-Res

Designer - Blue Tone

Designer - Blue Tone
High-Res

Designer - Blurred

Designer - Blurred
High-Res

Designer - Cappuccino

Designer - Cappuccino
High-Res

Designer - Cool TV

Designer - Cool TV
High-Res

Designer - Cyanotype

Designer - Cyanotype
High-Res

Designer - Darkroom

Designer - Darkroom
High-Res

Designer - Delta

Designer - Delta
High-Res

Designer - Dreamy

Designer - Dreamy
High-Res

Designer - Emo

Designer - Emo
High-Res

Designer - Expresso

Designer - Expresso
High-Res

Designer - Found In The Attic

Designer - Found In The Attic
High-Res

Preset - Designer Glacier

Preset - Designer Glacier
High-Res

Designer - Glamour

Designer - Glamour
High-Res

Designer - Glass Plate

Designer - Glass Plate
High-Res

Designer - Granular

Designer - Granular
High-Res

Designer - Grunge

Designer - Grunge
High-Res

Designer - Infrared

Designer - Infrared
High-Res

Designer - Lo-Fi

Designer - Lo-Fi
High-Res

Designer - Lunar Green

Designer - Lunar Green
High-Res

Designer - New Selenium

Designer - New Selenium
High-Res

Designer - Nostalgia

Designer - Nostalgia
High-Res

Designer - Old Postcard

Designer - Old Postcard
High-Res

Designer - Pastel

Designer - Pastel
High-Res

Designer - Photo 60s

Designer - Photo 60s
High-Res

Designer - Photo 70s

Designer - Photo 70s
High-Res

Preset - Designer Photo 1900

Preset - Designer Photo 1900
High-Res

Preset - Designer Photo Poetic

Preset - Designer Photo Poetic
High-Res

Preset - Designer Photo Pola

Preset - Designer Photo Pola
High-Res

Designer - Photo Powdery

Designer - Photo Powdery
High-Res

Designer - Photo Prussian Red

Designer - Photo Prussian Red
High-Res

Designer - Photo Pure Gold

Designer - Photo Pure Gold
High-Res

Designer - Photo Red Tone

Designer - Photo Red Tone
High-Res

Designer - Photo Sepia

Designer - Photo Sepia
High-Res

Designer - Silent Movie

Designer - Silent Movie
High-Res

Designer - Soft Focus

Designer - Soft Focus
High-Res

Designer - Stenope

Designer - Stenope
High-Res

Designer - Vintage

Designer - Vintage
High-Res

Texture - Paper Grain 1

Texture - Paper Grain 1
High-Res

Texture - Paper Grain 2

Texture - Paper Grain 2
High-Res

Texture - Creased Paper

Texture - Creased Paper
High-Res

Texture - Scratches

Texture - Scratches
High-Res

Texture - Stains 1

Texture - Stains 1
High-Res

Texture - Stains 2

Texture - Stains 2
High-Res

Texture - Stains 3

Texture - Stains 3
High-Res

Colour Leak 1

Colour Leak 1
High-Res

Colour Leak 2

Colour Leak 2
High-Res

Colour Leak 3

Colour Leak 3
High-Res

Colour Leak 4

Colour Leak 4
High-Res

Colour Leak 5

Colour Leak 5
High-Res

Colour Leak 6

Colour Leak 6
High-Res

Colour Leak 7

Colour Leak 7
High-Res

Colour Leak 8

Colour Leak 8
High-Res

White Leak 1

White Leak 1
High-Res

White Leak 2

White Leak 2
High-Res

White Leak 3

White Leak 3
High-Res

White Leak 4

White Leak 4
High-Res

White Leak 5

White Leak 5
High-Res

White Leak 6

White Leak 6
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame White

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame White
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Black

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Black
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Black On White

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Black On White
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame White On Black

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame White On Black
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame White Line

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame White Line
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Black Line

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Black Line
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Passe Partout

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Passe Partout
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Darkroom 1

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Darkroom 1
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Darkroom 2

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Darkroom 2
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Slide 1

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Slide 1
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Slide 1 Bw

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Slide 1 Bw
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Slide 2

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Slide 2
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Slide 2 Bw

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Slide 2 Bw
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Instant

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Instant
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Instant Bw

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Instant Bw
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Film

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Film
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Glass Bw

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Glass Bw
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Glass

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Glass
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Old Paper 1

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Old Paper 1
High-Res

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Old Paper 2

Dxo Filmpack 4 Frame Old Paper 2
High-Res


To remove any of the presets that have already been set as favourites you simply need to click the star on the preset thumbnail. If you edit your photos using some of the more advanced editing techniques available, you can saved your edits as a preset to use on other pictures in the future.

Along the top of the screen is a toolbar which has numerous options. The first sets include open, save, print and export to Facebook. In the next group you can change the view - here you have single view, split preview and side-by-side preview. There is also the option to take a snapshot, you can use this to go back to a certain point if you make edits that you're not happy with.

There are tools for zooming in, moving around your image, cropping and rotating. You then come to three options which let you add frames, light leaks and textures. Examples are included with the presets above. The last set of options let you view your image full screen and hide panels.

Dxo Filmpack 4 Screenshot 4 Dxo Filmpack 4 Screenshot 5

The advanced editing options are in a panel which can be found by pressing the arrow on the right-hand side. At the top is a histogram and underneath this is the controls panel. You can use the slider here to switch between colour and black & white. The rest of the options here are split into two parts - effects and settings. Effects includes film rendering, film grain, filter, toning, creative vignetting, creative blur vignetting, texture, light leak and frame. There's plenty of editing options here which are adjusted using dropdown boxes and sliders. Under settings there is basic settings (contrast, saturation, exposure), advanced settings (vibrancy, micro-contrast), tone curve, hue - saturation - lightness and noise removal. In the top right hand corner of the controls box are options to save as a preset and reset to default.

To perform batch processing you need to go to file, then batch processing. On the left you select which pictures you want to include in the batch process. On the right you can choose which preset you want to use, whether you want to save as a JPG or TIFF, the quality level, destination and file name. Hit process and the program gets to work. We did 10 images in around 25 seconds.


DxO FilmPack Expert 4 Verdict

The fourth version of DxO FilmPack is a steady upgrade - many of the presets are the same, except the addition of the designer set, giving even more film effects to add to your pictures. As well as the presets, there are also many options for further editing your photos. If you have a fondness for the film effects from the past, you'll really enjoy DxO FilmPack 4. The Expert Edition, at £79, is a little expensive, but you can pay more for similar products, with alternatives including The Nik Collection (approx £90), Perfect Photo Suite 8 (approx £110) and Topaz Labs (approx £230).

DxO FilmPack Expert 4 Pros

DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Lots of films available
DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Easy to use
DxO FilmPack 3 Expert Works as both a standalone program and plug-in
DxO FilmPack 3 Expert A good range of customisable options

DxO FilmPack Expert 4 Cons

A little expensive
Film effects won't appeal to all

FEATURES  
PERFORMANCE  
VALUE FOR MONEY  
OVERALL  

DxO FilmPack 4 is available in two editions, Essential and Expert, which differ in terms of available film renderings and features. DxO FilmPack 4 Essential Edition is currently available for £39 while the Expert Edition is priced at £79. A free trial is also available on the DxO website.


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