Photography tools

DxO adds powerful new tools to PhotoLab 6 and ViewPoint 4

DxO has announced updates to its PhotoLab 6 and Viewpoint 4 software packages adding features powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and new tools for photographers.

PhotoLab 6 adds powerful new artificial intelligence (AI) technology to its denoising, advanced color management, improved retouching tools and several enhancements to its library system, while ViewPoint 4 adds a powerful new ReShape tool for local adjustments, improved cropping and rotation, better guides for improved alignment, a more refined user interface, and the addition of full Apple Silicon support.

The most important feature of this latest flagship edition of DxO PhotoLab(6) is DxO DeepPRIME XD (Extreme Details), an AI-based RAW conversion technology that the company says is “resetting industry standards by denoising and detail enhancement”. This new mode will enable better detail retention and reduced noise in photographers’ RAW files shot at high and extremely high ISO settings. Leveraging machine learning, the software can remove noise, recover never-before-seen detail, and restore vibrant natural colors to images that would otherwise have been archived and unused.

The company claims that the DeepPRIME XD uses a neural network that has been trained using billions of image samples and can provide photographers with improvements of over 2.5 stops. This means that an image shot at ISO 4000 will be closer to an image shot at ISO 500 in terms of color, clarity and overall noise. The company also claims that since it is directly connected to the RAW conversion process, the DeepPRIME XD can also increase the dynamic range of RAW files, allowing photographers to have greater flexibility when shooting in situations low light. The original DeepPRIME mode will still be available for users who want faster overall improvement on images that require fewer adjustments.

“We were delighted with the welcome given to DeepPRIME in DxO PhotoLab 5, but we knew we could do more,” explains Jean-Marc Alexia, VP Marketing and Product Strategy at DxO. “The new DeepPRIME XD has been in development for a year and the AI ​​has literally taught itself to do its job better. The results speak for themselves.”

Along with greatly improved noise reduction tools, PhotoLab 6 also introduces a redesigned color processing algorithm that allows users much greater control over their color management as well as an expanded working color space. With the addition of these tools and a new “soft-proofing” mode, users can ensure color accuracy throughout their workflow so their images look exactly as they are. wish for screen printing and art printing.

PhotoLab 6 will also see a new ReTouch tool added to the app which the company claims extends healing and cloning capability far beyond that of other RAW processing software with the ability to mirror, rotate , scale, or use brushes to refine areas. they are modified in a more precise form. This new tool/workflow should allow users to travel less outside of DxO PhotoLab for complex cloning/repair tasks and keep each step non-destructive.

The updated software will also see improvements to the library system for a smarter workflow with an expanded range of EXIF ​​and IPTC tags, nesting for projects, and color tags for easier organization. images. Finally, the updated software will include an expanded and improved camera and lens profile library (now covering over 77,000 camera and lens combinations) which is automatically uploaded/updated to DxO PhotoLab 6, providing users with some of the most precise optical corrections in the industry. .

The latest lens additions include the Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM, Nikkor Z 28-75mm f/2.8, HD Pentax-D FA 21mm f/2.4 ED Limited DC WR, HD Pentax-FA 31mm f/1.8 LTD , 43mm f/1.9 LTD and 77mm f/1.8 LTD, as well as the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 DC DN | C, 35mm F2 DG DN | C and Sony E 11mm f/1.8.

“We are committed to giving photographers the best possible results with their equipment, and we are delighted to add these nine new lenses,” explains Marie-Catherine Fargnoli, DxO Product Owner and Lab Manager. “DxO has never used standard lens corrections and no other software publisher matches the quality we are able to achieve through the work done in our lab”

The ViewPoint 4 update contains powerful new tools that allow users to perfect their shots down to the smallest detail. The software gives photographers control over the perspective and geometry of their images, and with the addition of the new ReShape tool for local adjustments, it has become even more useful. This new tool will give users the ability to correct framing imperfections, adjust optical flaws and rebalance subjects in their images better than ever before.

Available as a standalone solution or as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop (Elements and Lightroom Classic), the ReShape tool will allow photographers to warp specific regions of an image as well as providing the option for enhanced cropping functionality. and rotation with the addition of new and much more controlled guides for precise adjustments. This includes things like the ability to realign a twisted architectural detail or broken pattern so images can have “greater impact and balance.”

Fabrizio Dei Tos, Product Manager at DxO, explains: “We created ViewPoint 4 as the next step in DxO’s continued pursuit of perfection in optics and imaging. The ReShape tool is the best solution for distorting local details and provides a really powerful solution for photographers. Further upgrades to ViewPoint 4 extend and refine its usability, so whether you’re perfecting architectural images, ensuring distortion-free landscapes, or enhancing group portraits, this is the software you need.

In addition to this powerful new feature, ViewPoint 4 also includes the ability to quickly flip and mirror images, as well as providing improved integration between the crop and horizon tools for a smoother workflow when these adjustments. This also includes the ability to add guides for more precise vertical and horizontal line adjustments.

DxO PhotoLab 6 is available in Essential or Elite edition for respectively $139 and $219. DxO ViewPoint 4 is available for Windows and macOS for $99. Upgrade versions are also available for existing users at a reduced price. Both applications can be purchased from the DxO online store. A one-month full trial version of DxO ViewPoint4 and PhotoLab 6 is available on the DxO website.