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DxO PhotoLab 5: Everything You Need To Create Spectacular Images

DxO is expanding its range of advanced image-editing software, PhotoLab 5, with new, essential tools that are sure to delight photographers.

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DxO PhotoLab 5

From day one, DxO has stood out for its expertise in image quality and with every PhotoLab update, the French company's lead on rival software gets just that little bit bigger. 

DxO was the first company to incorporate optical corrections based on laboratory-calculated mathematical models into its software and this revolutionary attitude to innovation still continues today with the introduction of PhotoLab 5 which expands and improves on tried-and-tested tools while adding features photographers will soon learn they can't live without. 

With enhanced local adjustment tools and a more powerful PhotoLibrary, DxO is not afraid to look at what its software offers, assess its abilities and continuously improve on them. This includes the U Point technology DxO purchased from Google back in 2017 which lets users make complex selections in just a few clicks as well as applying enhancements to the PhotoLibrary which ensures photographers have an end-to-end image production workflow that includes everything from organisation to export.

DxO has also made a name for itself through its de-noising algorithm, PRIME, which is designed to reduce noise without diminishing colours - even at extreme ISO values and in PhotoLab 5, the DeepPrime denoising tool has been improved so it's up to four times faster than what previous versions of the software offered.


"DxO PhotoLab 5 offers unparalleled optical corrections through its exclusive lens sharpness technology and many other tools, all of which are designed to inspire artistic expression without compromising on image quality," DxO. 


DeepPRIME: Develop RAW Files Up To 4X Faster

Trained by deep learning methods using millions of images analysed in DxO laboratories over the past 20 years, DxO DeepPRIME technology uses artificial intelligence to develop RAW files. It drastically improves digital noise reduction while ensuring more efficient demosaicing. Traditionally, these two operations have been carried out separately, each introducing flaws that adversely affect the quality of the other. With deep learning, DeepPRIME takes a holistic approach that combines the two steps into one.

The deep-learning approach of DxO PhotoLab 5 and DeepPRIME, in particular, has been significantly optimized in terms of reactivity as well as processing and export times. These improvements are available to everyone and are up to 4 times faster for Apple Silicon Mac users and 1.5 times faster on the best Windows architectures.


Control Line in PhotoLab 5


U Point Technology: The Future Of Photo Editing Just Got Even Better

DxO is further advancing the most efficient and intuitive local retouching and adjustment technologies available by adding a second type of pointer: Control Lines. This new tool complements the technology's existing Control Points by allowing users to carry out touch-ups on large areas with an easy-to-use selection method.

To make them even more precise, Control Lines and Control Points are now equipped with sensitivity settings. Photographers can easily adjust the effect of their edits based on the luminance and chrominance of the targeted areas.

 This feature, which millions of photographers love for its easy-to-use design, lets users make complex selections with minimal effort, speeding up workflow and making photo editing a breeze. 

DxO's U Point technology is also fully integrated into PhotoLab's non-destructive workflow so any mistakes you want to undo or any edits you want to tweak - you can.


PhotoLab 5 Library


PhotoLibrary: Organise, Manage & Sort Photos With Ease

PhotoLab 5 now processes IPTC and EXIF data and third-party application synchronisations. It also includes advanced means of keyword prioritisation via an interactive tree structure. In addition, this new version optimises the software's photo library management tools by reorganising them. 


Support for Fujifilm X-Trans Sensors (Beta)

For the first time ever, DxO PhotoLab 5 now supports Fujifilm X-Trans sensor cameras. From the recent X-E4, X-S10, X-T4, and X100V through to the older X-E2 and X-70, no fewer than 18 Fujifilm cameras are now supported. In addition, 605 new DxO modules have been made available. Created through the exclusive DxO Labs calibration process, these modules automatically remove optical defects such as distortion, chromatic aberrations, vignetting, and lack of sharpness.

Last, DxO PhotoLab 5 supports 7 additional cameras: Canon EOS Ra, DJI Air 2S & Mini 2, Nikon Z fc, Olympus PEN E-P7, Panasonic GH5 II, Pentax K-3 III, and Sony ZV-E10.

DxO PhotoLab 5

Pricing & Availability 

DxO PhotoLab 5 (PC and Mac) is available now from the DxO online store at the following introductory prices until 14 November 2021:

  • DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL Edition: £99.99 instead of £129
  • DxO PhotoLab 5 ELITE Edition: £149.99 instead of £199

The DxO PhotoLab 5 license does not require a subscription and can be installed either on two workstations (DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL Edition) or three workstations (DxO PhotoLab 5 ELITE Edition).

DxO PhotoLab 3 and DxO PhotoLab 4 users can purchase an upgrade to DxO PhotoLab 5 by logging into their customer account. Users who have a version of the software older than DxO PhotoLab 3 are not eligible for an upgrade and will need to purchase a new license.

A full, one-month trial version of DxO PhotoLab 5 is available on the DxO website.

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20 Oct 2021 11:03PM
I have to admit that I am getting confused between the relative merits and overlaps in functions between DxO Photolab, DxO FilmPack and Nik Collection. Do we really need them all?


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