DxO Labs has released the latest version of their RAW image converter DxO Optics Pro v8.2 and their film emulation software Film Pack 4. Various camera/lens combinations were added as is usual, but the hoped-for inclusion of Fuji cameras based on the X-Trans sensor were conspicuously absent. I contacted DxO to ask them about this and their response to the lack of support for X-Trans sensor cameras in DxO Optics, DxO stated that support is being actively discussed and that
“…being maniacs about the best image quality possibility, we want to make sure that for any camera or lens, we take the time to make sure that we do our homework.”
So there is hope on the horizon for the Fuji X Community that DxO will be adding support for the X-Trans sensor. In case you are wondering what the hold up is, the Fuji X-Trans sensor uses a 6×6 pixel layout for capturing color information (as opposed to the 2×2 Bayer pattern used by almost every other sensor on the planet. That, coupled with DxO’s fanatical desire to test every camera/lens combo in existence, has led to delays in the production of adequate RAW conversion software. All of the other major RAW converters have released X-Trans support in some form or another, but DxO is taking their precisionist time to get their RAW converter right.
Be aware that the Film Pack plugins all work with Fuji image files once they have been converted (ACR, Lightroom, Aperture, Capture One Pro*) and their Fuji Velvia emulation is one of the nicest I have ever seen.
Full Press Release Follows:
June 5, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v8.2, the new version of its image processing software of reference for all demanding photographers, which was recently awarded the coveted 2013 TIPA Prize in the category of Best Photo Software. This update for Mac and Windows allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to support the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, the Sony SLT-A58, and the Ricoh GR, as well as to incorporate all of the new features of DxO FilmPack 4 as a plugin.
All of DxO FilmPack 4’s creativity applied to RAW images
DxO Optics Pro v8.2 is able to combine the power of its corrections with the creativity of all the new tools in DxO FilmPack 4 (Expert Edition) in an entirely non-destructive workflow that handles RAW images as well as JPEG.
With DxO FilmPack 4, photographers can apply to their digital photos all the characteristic color, contrast, and grain of analog films that made photographic history, along with many original looks, filters, tonings, and visual effects — all of which can be infinitely combined and customized.
The new tools in DxO FilmPack 4 (Expert Edition) in plugin mode include a new range of effects that can give RAW and JPEG images an even more personal signature. In particular, such new effects as texture, light leaks, and special frames take users even further into the world of analog film photography.
Using DxO FilmPack 4 as a plugin for DxO Optics Pro 8 requires the purchase of a DxO FilmPack 4 license.
New DxO Optics Modules
DxO Optics Pro v8.2 benefits from the continuous development of DxO Optics Modules. 439 new camera/lens combinations now reside in the library, providing support for additional Canon, Carl Zeiss, Konica, Nikkor, Panasonic, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, and Tokina lenses for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh, and Sony cameras.
DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data points about the intrinsic characteristics and flaws of each camera and lens. This database allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct all the optical flaws in RAW and JPEG images – distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, lens softness – with an unrivaled level of quality.
Availability and prices
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v8.2 for Mac and Windows are available in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount through June 30, 2013:
- DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $99 instead of $169
- DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $199 instead of $299
- DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: 99€ instead of 149€
- DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: 199€ instead of 299€
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)
- DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: £79 instead of £119
- DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: £159 instead of £239
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)
This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for photographers who purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012. Other users can go through their customer account to benefit from a special discount on their upgrade through June 30, 2013.
A complete, fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).
* Capture One Pro does not have a plugin API. In order to use the Film Pack, you must first export your images as TIFFs or JPGs and then run them through the Film Pack standalone application.