How does it compare to other solutions
I’ve had a lot of questions from people wondering how it compares to other solutions, such as Capture One or Lightroom. The truth is, it’s very close, and a lot of it comes down to subjective opinion, and choice of image and so on.
If I were to get into the nitty-gritty of it, then in terms of pure quality, Photo Lab with Deep Prime enabled, is probably is a tiny bit cleaner and more detailed than Capture One or Lightroom when using Enhance. But it’s very close, and some. In my experience, when it’s this close, subjectivity comes into play, and it really is down to your preference. Some people might look at the same Image I am looking at and think it’s worse.
For that reason, I’m not going to get into a huge debate over the minutia of the details and post lots of comparison crops and so on. There is a free trial available, so the best way to determine if this is an option for you or not is to download it yourself and give it a try on your own images. Just follow the guidelines above to get the best results and then compare those to you, current workflow.
Regarding overall workflow, Capture One still has the edge, as it’s much more straightforward to use, doesn’t require pre-processing and so on. For this reason, even with a tiny edge in pure quality (which isn’t really visible in normal use) Capture One is still probably a better overall solution. However, there are some nice tools and options in DXO Photo Lab, and so it comes down to personal choice. If nothing else, it’s worth the time to try it out and see how it works for you.
DxO PhotoLab 5 (PC and Mac) is available now from the DxO online store at the following introductory prices until November 14, 2021:
- DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL Edition: £99.99 instead of £129.
- DxO PhotoLab 5 ELITE Edition: £149.99 instead of £199.
The DxO PhotoLab 5 license does not require a subscription and can be installed either on two workstations (DxO PhotoLab 5 ESSENTIAL Edition) or three workstations (DxO PhotoLab 5 ELITE Edition).
You can find out full details including localised an upgrade pricing by visiting the DXO website. There is also a 30 day trial version available.
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