DxO has yesterday released the new version 5 of their RAW developer PhotoLab. For me, the outstanding feature of DxO PhotoLab is the artificial intelligence-based denoising tool DeepPRIME, which I’ve been using frequently and with astonishing results on my high-ISO shots since DxO PhotoLab 4. The quality of the resulting images is, in my opinion, spectacular. I have already written a detailed review of DxO PhotoLab 4 on this website.
Unlike other tools, the DeepPRIME algorithm works directly with the RAW data and de-noises even prior to the color processing with the De-Bayer algorithm. In comparison with the frequently used tool Topaz Denoise AI, PhotoLab 4 performs better (at least in my opinion). You can find a comparative test of both tools here.
What’s new in PhotoLab 5?
According to DxO, the DeepPRIME algorithm is now faster. DxO claims that it is now 4x faster on M1 Macs and 1.5x faster on PCs than before. The processing options and image management have apparently also been significantly improved, but this is not relevant for me personally at the moment, since I really only use DxO PhotoLab as a RAW converter for highly noisy images. I do all further processing and image management in Lightroom Classic, as I am used to for years. So, for me, the only remaining advantage is the 1.5 times faster processing speed an my PC , which on its own would not require an update.
Nevertheless, a very significant improvement for me has been integrated into version 5, which made me immediately decide to upgrade:
Support for DJI Mini 2 and DJI Air 2S RAW files
As interested visitors to my website will have noticed, I recently “got into the air” and discovered photography with drones for myself. Especially the small sensors of drones are sensitive to noise and would certainly benefit from the DeepPRIME algorithm. Unfortunately, however, my drones were not supported - until now. The new version 5 of PhotoLab now supports the DNG files of DJI drones (at least my two drones, the DJI mini 2 and DJI Air 2S are included).
For Fuji photographers, DJI has now integrated support for the X-Trans sensors used there, but currently still in beta. Since I do not use a Fuji camera, however, this is of no relevance to me.
I purchased DxO PhotoLab 5 myself as an update from my version 4 with the activation code PHOTOLABFILMPACK for € 69.30, and will be testing it in more detail soon. A report on this, possibly also once again with a comparison with the current Topaz Denoise AI, will appear here later.
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