DxO Optics Pro 6.5 – HDR Technology
DxO Optics Pro 6.5 introduces exclusive Single Shot HDR technology for optimized rendering of contrasted scenes
DxO Labs today announced that the latest version of its award-winning image enhancement software for demanding photographers, DxO Optics Pro v6.5, will be released in early November. Along with providing photographers with high dynamic range (HDR) capability from a single RAW image, version 6.5 improves accessibility and productivity.
Single Shot HDR technology
While multi-shot HDR is becoming increasingly popular, to render both highlight and shadow details in scenes with extreme contrast, DxO Optics Pro 6.5 Single Shot HDR technology brings the power of HDR rendering to photographers working with a single RAW image.
“We found that, in a very large number of situations, Single Shot HDR technology reveals the full dynamic range of contrasted scenes without the need of cumbersome bracketing.” explains Cyrille de La Chesnais, Director Sales & Marketing for DxO Labs’ Photography business. “It widens picture taking opportunities in harsh lighting conditions such as backlight, opens up creative possibilities until now only available under dedicated shooting conditions and gives legacy pictures a potential new life.”
Single Shot HDR technology is made possible by combining DxO Optics Pro’s enhanced automatic local exposure correction with unsurpassed shadow noise removal, ensuring high-quality results from a single shot RAW image, even when aggressive tone mapping is required to bring out the details in every part of the image.
Improved RAW conversion engine for 100% automatic processing and unrivaled image quality
Considered by many professional photographers as the benchmark of RAW conversion quality and noise removal, this newest version of DxO Optics Pro further reduces low frequency colour and luminance noise at any ISO ranging from 100 to 100,000, delivering more natural images.
DxO Labs’ unique knowledge of sensor calibration and noise characterization allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically adapt noise removal for each image, delivering the ultimate image quality with no laborious manual tuning. DxO Optics Pro automatically applies optimal noise removal, along with optimal lighting and optics corrections appropriate for any supported photographic equipment.
Improved User Experience
The integration of DxO Optics Pro into the Lightroom 3 workflow now provides photographers with the best of both image processing and image management worlds.
Numerous improvements often based on customer feedback have been integrated in this version, such as a new large preview window for detailed inspection of images before adding them a Project.
Additional Camera Support
DxO Optics Pro has long been recognized for its unrivaled automatic optical fault correction based on DxO Optics Modules — laboratory-grade mathematical models defining optical faults, including the exclusive lens softness, of each particular camera & lens combination. More than 2,500 DxO Optics Modules have been made available in the last six years, and this number will grow at an accelerated pace of 600 per quarter in 2011, to reach a total of 5,000 by the end of that year.
Both the Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v6.5 now include support for the following Canon, Pentax and Sony cameras:
· Canon EOS 60D, PowerShot S95 and PowerShot G12
· Pentax K-x
· Sony A290
150 new DxO Optics Modules are now available to DxO Optics Pro users covering numerous camera bodies.
Availability and pricing
DxO Optics Pro v6.5 for Windows and Mac, Standard and Elite editions are scheduled for release in early November 2010 from both DxO Labs’ e-store and selected resellers:
– Standard edition: 149 € / $169 / £ 135
– Elite edition: 299 € / $299 / £ 269.
All customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro since June 1st, 2009 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 6.5. All other users benefit from the following upgrade pricing:
– DxO Optics Pro Standard (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Standard: 69 € / $79 / £ 59
– DxO Optics Pro Elite (any version) to DxO Optics Pro 6 Elite: 99 € / $119 / £ 89.
€ and £ prices include sales taxes and VAT.
· 2 GB RAM minimum
· 400 MB available disk space
· Intel Pentium 4 processor or AMD equivalent (Pentium Dual Core or higher or equivalent recommended)
· Microsoft Windows XP 32 or 64 bits, Windows Vista 32 or 64 bits, Windows 7 32 or 64 bits
· To process RAW images larger than 20 MPixels, a 64-bit operating system with 4 GB RAM is strongly recommended
· Mac OS X.5 or X.6
· To process RAW images larger than 20 MPixels, a 64-bit operating system with 3 GB RAM is strongly recommended
About DxO Optics Pro
DxO Optics Pro is an award-winning automatic image enhancement software for enthusiastic amateur and professional photographers shooting in JPEG or RAW format. World renowned for its unique automated optical corrections (distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, lens softness), and its state-of-the-art RAW conversion, it addresses the entire spectrum of image quality issues, including noise removal, exposure optimization, keystoning correction, color control and dust removal. Its fully-customizable and easy-to-use interface makes it an unrivalled productivity tool, able to process hundreds of images in just a few clicks of a mouse.
For more information, visit DxO Labs’ website at http://www.dxo.com.
About DxO Labs
DxO Labs offers products and solutions that provide excellence in digital imaging. In addition to its DxO Optics Pro and DxO FilmPack products for Mac and Windows, aimed at serious and demanding photographers, the company also licenses patented intellectual property serving the entire digital imaging chain:
• Embedded software and silicon architectures for real-time still and video image processing, for consumer electronics OEM/ODM (such as digital camera and camera phone vendors);
• Image quality evaluation and measurement tools, for imaging component suppliers (camera module manufacturers, sensor vendors, and processor vendors) as well as photography journalists and imaging experts.