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DxO PhotoLab 1.2 Software Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

DxO PhotoLab 1.2 is available in Essential and Elite editions for £99 and £159, respectively. The Elite version unlocks features such as the ability to use the software as a plugin in Lightroom and a few other extra tools so it's worth taking a look at the comparison table over on the DxO website to see if the extra £60 is a justified spend for you. Plus, there's a 30-day free trial available so you can test out the software before parting with any cash. 

One bonus that comes with a DxO PhotoLab 1.2 purchase is that it's a one-off fee which makes it rather good value for money when you compare it to Adobe's monthly/yearly memberships which give photographers access to their software. Adobe's cheapest option starts at just over £8 a month which when added up, is near enough what the price of the Essential DxO PhotoLab 1.2 is but unlike Adobe's membership which is rolling, you have nothing more to pay to DxO. 

Alternative RAW editors include On1 Photo RAW which is available for $119.99 and Corel AfterShot Pro 3 available for around £79.99. 

As suggested by a member, you should also take a look at Serif Affinity Photo which offers RAW editing, and more, for under £50.


DxO PhotoLab 1.2 Verdict

Even when DxO PhotoLab was known as DxO Optics Pro, it was a piece of software many photographers praised and the latest version certainly is no different. The tools DxO PhotoLab 1.2 has to offer are brilliant, quick in use and the software is a doddle to learn. The Local Adjustment tools are particularly excellent and help to refine images in a simple yet efficient way while auto features such as Noise Reduction and the lighting effects are standout impressive.

Overall, DxO PhotoLab 1.2 is very easy to use, produces excellent results and when you consider there's just a one-off fee to own it, the software isn't bad value either. Highly Recommended.  


DxO PhotoLab 1.2 Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quick in response 
  • Live edits 
  • Excellent local adjustment tools 
  • Easy to use masking 
  • Good selection of presets 
  • No subscription 


DxO PhotoLab 1.2 Cons

  • It would be nice to be able to move the local adjustment tools
  • No history panel (but you can undo) 
  • Can't rename images on export

Overall Verdict

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7 Jun 2018 1:40PM
Great review on DxO PhotoLab, have used DxO for years, this is the best one yet.
Have tried a dozen other software brands, nothing compares. Give it a try, you will

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7 Jun 2018 11:07PM
A couple of points about your review.
1. No mention in the CONS about the lack of keywording facility.
2. No mention among the alternatives of Affinity photo, cheaper than all those mentioned, easy to use and an excellent product. Shouldn't a UK based site i.e, EPZ be at least mentioning British alternatives?
16 Jun 2018 2:33AM
While I fully agree it would be nice (and of this age) to be able to move the equaliser, I should note it is possible to show/hide it by pressing 'E'. For me that's fast enough to be able to check results in a hurry and come back to refine.

Great review. I've owned OpticsPro and own Photolab. The 1.2 upgrade really makes a huge difference to me. The ability to tone up/down the highlights/midtones/shadows/blacks individually is invaluable. Before I had to make do with exposure corrections, and that's more crude. This makes very detailed adjustments a breeze, very nice.

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