DxO PureRAW Review
Make accurate optical corrections and class-leading denoising quickly and easily
Review Manufacturer: DxO
Price when reviewed
$129 / €129
Although DxO’s PhotoLab software is very good, DxO has taken a realistic approach by introducing DxO PureRAW. Adobe has a huge share of the image editing software market and Capture One is a powerful alternative with excellent colour science. The real strength of PhotoLab is DxO’s extensive analysis of camera and lens combinations that its resulting correction modules – along with DeepPRIME. DeepPRIME is the best image noise reduction available at the moment – even beating Topaz Labs’ popular Denoise AI.
DxO PureRAW allows photographers to use their existing workflow yet get the benefit of DxO’s impressive optical corrections and noise reduction. It’s a no-brainer addition to the workflow of anyone who regularly uses high ISO settings.
Excellent optical corrections Excellent noise reduction Works with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Capture One and mode
No support for Fujifilm X-Trans CMOS sensors – yet
What is DxO PureRAW?
DxO PureRAW is software that can be used in conjunction with raw image-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Capture One to apply DxO’s optical correction and DeepPRIME noise reduction algorithms to raw files.
It uses the same optical and image-defect correction modules as DxO PhotoLab, but it can be integrated into a workflow that uses other editing software.
Using DxO PureRAW
DxO PureRAW is designed to be easy to use and not add a long series of complicated steps to your usual workflow.
The simplest approach, after opening DxO PureRAW is to import a folder of images from wherever they’re stored on your computer or drive. Helpfully, if you select all the images in a folder, DxO PureRAW only selects the raw files as it’s these that you need to work with. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the images into the DxO PureRAW screen.
Even when the images are on a fairly slow external drive, the thumbnail view of DxO PureRAW populates quickly after the images are imported.
With that done. you’ll be prompted to download any optics modules if they’re not already on your computer. DxO PureRAW uses the image EXIF data to identify the camera and lens used to capture the images and automatically finds the required modules for download.
The next step is to ensure that the images you want to process are selected and click on ‘Process photos’. This brings up a simple dialogue box that gives you a few options for how the images will be processed.
The first option allows you to select the type of noise reduction that you want to apply, HQ, Prime or DeepPRIME. DeepPRIME gives the best results, but it also takes the longest to apply. Fortunaelty, it doesn’t take quite as long as the software indicates. A batch of 217 raw files from the Canon EOS R56, for example, was estimated to take ‘Less than 4 hours’, but it only took around 20 minutes. Technically, that is less than 4 hours, but…
The next decision is what format you want the image to be output in, JPG or DNG raw. For most photographers, the default setting of DNG will never change.
Lastly, you need to decide where you want to save the new files, in a ‘DxO’ subfolder in the folder with the original images or in a folder that you select or create yourself.
With those three decisions made, you just need to hit ‘Process’. As the images are processed, they appear one-by-one in the selected output folder. From here, you can process them in your preferred editing software as you would normally.
An alternative approach is to select the images that you want to edit, but rather than selecting ‘Process’, click on ‘Export to’ in the top right corner. This gives you the option to select the software that you want to use and opens the DNG file(s) in it. If you like, you can select to export the original file at the same time, which means you can compare the results as you make the same adjustments.
It’s impressive how much difference DeepPRIME makes to high-ISO images.
Via DxO PureRAW