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DxO PhotoLab 2.2 Software Review

DxO PhotoLab 2.2 is the latest version of the popular photo editing software so we thought we'd see what's new and how it's improved the software.

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PhotoLab 2.2

Quick Verdict

DxO PhotoLab has always impressed us and the latest version is no different. The software offers some really excellent tools and now, with the addition of a PhotoLibrary, it has the potential to be even more impressive. However, this area of the software still needs some tweaking to make it excellent but it's a great addition to an otherwise brilliant piece of RAW photo editing software. Still Highly Recommended.  

+ Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quick in response 
  • Can produce really sharp images
  • Good automatic lens correction
  • Live edits 
  • Denoise is very useful and excellent 
  • Excellent local adjustment tools 
  • Easy to use masking 
  • Good selection of presets 
  • No subscription 

- Cons

  • No history panel (but you can undo) 
  • Can't rename images on export
  • Search could be quicker 
  • PhotoLibrary still needs work 


DxO PhotoLab 2.2 is the latest version of DxO's popular photo editing software, for Windows and Mac, to be released and with it comes a few interesting updates. As well as 'what's new' in the most recent update, we'll also be looking at what's new in version 2 overall as the last version of PhotoLab we actually reviewed was PhotoLab 1.2 back in 2018. 

The software is still available subscription-free and until 16 May 2019, ePHOTOzine members can receive an exclusive 30% discount on select DxO photo editing software with the code: DXO-EPHOTOZINE-30-OFF



DxO PhotoLab 2.2 Features

DxO PhotoLab 2.2

DxO PhotoLab 2.2 will still feel very familiar for previous PhotoLab users and those who are new to the software will soon find themselves navigating all of the tools on offer easily. There is a new DxO PhotoLibrary section which replaces the Organise tab but apart from that, the UI is pretty much the same. 

Since last time we reviewed the software, ClearView Plus has been added along with support for various new cameras and the DCP colour profile. Other useful features still found in the software include UPoint, Prime Noise and Smart Lighting, of which, we'll mention briefly but if you want more information on how they work, you should take a look at our previous review


So What's New?

As mentioned, the Organise tab has been removed and replaced with the DxO PhotoLibrary which you can use to navigate through files, browse multiple images found in one folder/project, add ratings etc. Essentially, it works like Lightroom's Library section so if you've used that before, you'll find the DxO PhotoLibrary in PhotoLab pretty easy to work with. 

The improved DxO ClearView Plus feature in DxO PhotoLab 2 can be used to remove haze and improve contrast in images and with the latest version, the tool creates better transitions between light/dark areas, too. You can also use the tool on the entire image or just to specific areas using the local adjustment tools. 

The final new feature is that DxO now supports the DCP colour profile which means the software is now capable of delivering colour renderings that are compatible with and close to those of third-party photo editing programs like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW as well as camera colour calibration solutions like X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo and DNG Profile Editor.

Several new cameras are also supported, taking the total number of optical modules featured in the DxO Libary to over 46,000. The optical modules, which give specific camera/lens support, are designed in DxO's laboratories and contain information on thousands of camera/lens combinations. They also allow DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint (as well as PhotoLab) to automatically correct optical defects such as distortion, chromatic aberrations and vignetting. 


Key Features

  • RAW editing
  • Automatic adjustments
  • Local adjustments & Global adjustments
  • Simple masking tools 
  • UPoint technology 
  • 1-click presets 
  • DxO Smart Lighting - automatic fix of an image's dynamic range
  • DxO PRIME - automatically removes noise 
  • Distortion correction
  • Clearview Plus - removes haze and increases contrast 
  • PhotoLibrary
  • DCP Colour Profile support 
  • Over 46,000 optical modules now listed in the DxO library 


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11 May 2019 7:06PM
I use DXO PL2.2 and don't have a problem renaming files for export - you can have the camera image number or not as well as your desired title.
4 Sep 2019 9:21PM
But you can't in the export dialogue change the file name.

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