THERE’S NOT ONE but two new releases announced by DxO for me to take a look at, namely PhotoLab 5 and FilmPack 6. In PhotoLab 5 we’re looking at improvements to the local adjustments, the metadata options in photo library and faster performance with the DeepPRIME denoising tool, which now supports Fujifilm X-trans sensors in beta. Meanwhile in FilmPack 6 we’re transported to a world of inspiration and creativity in a way that’s never been done by any software before. Here’s a more detailed look at what DxO is delivering in these new products.

Photolab 5

LOCAL ADJUSTMENTS

DxO is further advancing what are considered to be 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. It’s not a feature I’ve seen before and it makes masking an area effortless and precise.

MORE METADATA MANAGEMENT

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.

DEEPPRIME – DEEPER LEARNING

Trained by deep learning methods using millions of images analysed in DxO laboratories over the past 20 years, DeepPRIME technology is utilising AI to develop RAW files. This dramatically improves digital noise reduction while ensuring more efficient demosaicing. Traditionally, these two operations have been carried out separately, each of course with the potential to introduce flaws that adversely affect the quality of the other. With deep learning, DeepPRIME instead takes a holistic approach that combines the two steps into one, thereby delivering much improved results.

The deep-learning approach of DxO PhotoLab 5 and DeepPRIME in particular has been significantly optimised in terms of reactivity as well as processing and export times. These improvements are available to everyone but will be up to four times faster for those who are Apple Silicon Mac users and 1.5 times faster on the best Windows machines.

SUPPORT FOR FUJIFILM X-TRANS SENSORS (BETA)

Finally, there’s great news for the Fujifilm community. For the first time ever, DxO PhotoLab 5 now supports Fujifilm X-Trans sensor cameras. This is currently in beta, so DxO welcomes any feedback, that can be submitted via its website:

dxo.com/feedbacks-xtrans-beta

Filmpack 6

A CULT CLASSIC RETURNS WITH MORE BANG!

This latest version of FilmPack introduces new films, cinematographic renderings and support for X-Trans RAW files (Beta). It features a wide array of new effects as well as a feature known as Time Machine, basically an interactive introduction to the history of film photography.

DxO FilmPack reproduces the grain and colours of legendary analogue films as closely as possible, thanks to an exclusive calibration process perfected in its laboratories. The software recreates the hues, saturation, contrast, and grain of 84 authentic analogue films, including Kodak’s Tri-X 400, Polaroid 690, Ilford HPS and Fujifilm Superia.

TIME MACHINE

DxO FilmPack 6 provides users with a true journey through time, offering an introduction to the history of analogue photography. The software introduces a new way of displaying creative and analogue renderings, separated into 14 periods illustrated by iconic images and famous photographic figures.

Each photograph is documented from a technical and historical perspective, and users are provided with the closest rendering so they can apply it to their images and recreate a similar style and finish. In this way, for example, users can infuse their black-and-white images with the charm of the 50s or even the soul of William Klein’s art. So far I’ve spent hours flicking through all the information available, and it’s a pleasure to use and a must for any photographer to experience.

NEW FILM EMULATIONS

DxO FilmPack 6 delivers 15 new renderings. Specifically, these are two legendary films, the famous Kodak Ektachrome Professional Infrared EIR Colour Slide Film and the monochrome instant film for the Polaroid 600 camera, Impossible PX 600 Silver Shade, plus seven film simulation modes from X-series Fujifilm digital cameras and six cinema renderings inspired by the biggest trends in cinematographic colour grading.

CREATIVE EFFECTS

DxO FilmPack 6 also opens up uncharted creative possibilities with 20 new effects, including drops and crumpled paper, which are designed to give images a vintage look; 15 new light leak effects, such as light spots, haze, and zoom, which add subtle plays of colour; and 15 new frames, namely matte, black frame, and film border, that transform your images.

FULLY CUSTOMISABLE SPLIT TONING

A new colour rendering engine, based on eight rather than the previous six channels, delivers precise colour control. Users can select their own hue in highlights and shadows, combine colours and achieve realistic split toning.

VERDICT

DxO HAS DELIVERED the goods with its  all-in-one PhotoLab 5 suite. In particular the unique control delivered by U-point technology in the masking tools is an absolute must for photographers. It makes any masking job completely effortless, and doing this any other way in other suites would now, quite frankly, feel slightly painful. This deserves to be the industry leading software and if you haven’t yet tried it out then give the free trial a go and you’ll not be disappointed.

Meanwhile, with FilmPack 6 it’s again the attention to detail that’s a cut above the rest here and DxO has completely thought outside of the box and created something that delivers a great user experience. For anyone interested in photographic history, you can be inspired by iconic creators and their imagery whilst editing your own work in a new way that brings back the fun factor and injects a world of creativity into what can sometimes be in danger of becoming a sterile part of the image making process.

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