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DxO Optics Pro 8.1 introduces an enhanced print module and support for 5 new cameras, including the Sony NEX-6. A special 33% discount through December 25, 2012 is available.

December 5, 2012DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v8.1 for Windows and Mac, the new version of its image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. DxO Optics Pro v8.1 now offers color management and sharpness enhancement when printing, an output option for reducing EXIF data, as well as numerous improvements to its interface for an even more rapid workflow.

This update also allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to support the Sony NEX-6, the Canon Powershot S110 and G15, and the Olympus Pen E-PM2 and E-PL5.

DxO Optics Pro v8.1 also benefits from the continuous addition of DxO Optics Modules. Nearly 150 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library. The software now provides support for additional Canon, Olympus, and Sigma lenses for Canon, Olympus, and Sony cameras. Among these is the highly-anticipated Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM for Canon, the first very wide-aparture lens in the new Sigma Art line designed for landscape, portrait, still life, macro, and reportage.

Based on a unique approach of prior calibration in the laboratories of DxO Labs, DxO Optics Pro v8.1 includes numerous powerful and automatic RAW and JPEG image-processing tools. DxO Optics Pro v8.1 offers the best tool for automatically adjusting contrast and light, the most advanced optical corrections on the market, and precise color management. Its unrivaled performance and its intuitive interface provides a smooth and fast workflow.

Management of print color and sharpness

DxO Optics Pro v8.1 now allows photographers to adjust the color rendering and the sharpness of the images they print. The new options in DxO Optics Pro v8.1‘s print module allow the user to choose an ICC color profile for directly managing the print rendering. Further, a dedicated slider lets the user enhance the sharpness of the image so as to adapt the print quality to the size of the print desired.

New output options and improved interface

DxO Optics Pro v8.1 offers a new output option that allows users to remove all of the EXIF metadata contained in a JPEG or TIFF image file – very useful for restricting this kind of information as well as for reducing its size when sharing such files online.

Among other improvements found in DxO Optics Pro v8.1, the preferences window now displays the size of the disk space that the preview and thumbnail cache occupy.

In addition, the DxO Optics Modules management window has been enhanced to display all the available camera/lens combinations available, whether or not they have been installed on the user’s computer.

Finally, the Windows version now includes certain improvements that were previously introduced in the Mac version. For example, information layer about corrections that cannot be previewed because of the zoom level has now been removed: this information is now directly indicated in the relevant palettes for greater user comfort.

More flexible OpenCL management

The thumbnail display as well as image processing in DxO Optics Pro 8 benefits from OpenCL acceleration (Windows version only). DxO Optics Pro v8.1 removes certain restrictions present in earlier versions and now allows users to activate this option at any time as soon as the graphics card on their computer supports this feature.

Availability and special end-of-year discount

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 8 for Mac and Windows are available in the DxO Labs online store  and at photo reseller locations, at a special discount from now through December 25, 2012:


  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $ 99 instead of $ 169
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $ 199 instead of $ 299


  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: 99 € instead of 149 €
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: 199 € instead of 299 €


  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: £ 89 instead of £ 135
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: £ 179 instead of £ 269

Suggested retail prices, including VAT in Europe.

This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for all photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 7 after September 1, 2012. Other users can take advantage of a special discount on their upgrade, good through December 25, 2012, by logging in to their online customer account.

A fully-functional version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website.


50 Gifts For Under $50 USD

Just-in-time for the holidays, Neocamera published a selection of 50 gifts for photographers, all currently available for under $50 USD. Check it out for the photographers (or aspiring ones) in your life. Prices range from $5 to $49 and there are things to suit all sorts of photography needs. Should you feel generous to give something bigger, check out the Best Digital Cameras of 2012.

Faster Camera Bag

Those buying a digital camera or shopping for a lens will be please to know that the Camera Bag launched two years ago here has been make faster than ever. You can now add and remove cameras or lenses instantly without the whole page refreshing. HTML 5 now required. To speed things up, we removed the collapse and expand features which one one visitor used during the last year! If you see any glitches, please refresh the page as your broswer may have cached parts of the old bag.

Camera Bag Example

Happy Holiday Shopping!!!

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A very detailed review of the Pentax K-5 II DSLR was just published. This DSLR from Pentax and features a 16 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and currently holds the highest score at DxOMark among cropped-sensor cameras. The K-5 II inherits all of the excellent K-5’s professional features include a weather-sealed body which is freezeproof to -10C, a large 100% coverage viewfinder, dual control-dials, built-in image stabilization, automatic horizon correction and much more.

Pentax K-5 II

The K-5 IIs includes a new SAFOX X autofocus system which is the most sensitive of any currently available DSLR. It can focus down to -3 EV. Pentax also upgraded the LCD with a gapless design to improve visibility. To find out how the it performs, read the Pentax K-5 II review.

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Panasonic’s intermediate mirrorless digital camera, the Lumix DMC-G5 was just reviewed. This 16 megapixels Micro Four-Thirds camera is among the smallest to sport a built-in EVF and offers plenty of controls compared to similarly-priced ILCs. Its fast LiveMOS sensor lets it autofocus very quickly and capture full 1080p HD video at 60 FPS to render smooth motion. Read the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 review to find out all about it.

For this review, we had it with Panasonic’s power-zoom lens which gives it smooth zooming in a more compact size than its peers. The Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm F/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS operates its zoom and focus drive via mounted levels on the barrel. When collapsed, it is barely one inch thick.

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While there are several digital asset management (DAM) software for photographers, none has seen a success like Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom. After evaluating several DAM software, this is the one I decided to use myself and am quite satisfied with it. While not perfect, the software has only improved since then and it is now at version 4.2 with a beta of 4.3 available for trial.

Of course, it is not the only game in town but its success is important because, as a non-destructive DAM software, Lightroom becomes the gateway to your images. In other words, you have to see images though Lightroom to see their final version and access added metadata, if you made any edits. For this reason, being more successful makes it more viable as a long-term solution.

One question that comes often about Lightroom is if is worthwhile for a JPEG only workflow? The answer is simple: Absolutely. While Lightroom has the capability to process RAW files, there is nothing in its feature set which makes it any less powerful for JPEG images.

Lightroom is a great tool with many well-integrated features. Version 4 which is roughly half the price of previous one adds maps, book publishing, soft-proofing to the already useful organization and processing tool.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

The organization tools are worth the price alone and the export feature is the best one I’ve seen. Even though I rarely use processing other than the excellent crop-tool, Lightroom is great for cataloging images and rendering them for different uses, from large prints to sharing on Facebook. This saves time finding and preparing photos for print.

Lightroom also integrates powerful lens corrections based on profiles and generic tools to remove fringing, distortion and vignetting. The latest version also adds a Moire-removal brush to clean up this artifact. This is especially useful for the handful of cameras which use Bayer-sensors without an Anti-Alias filter. Currently those are the Nikon D800E, Pentax K-5 IIs and Olympus PEN E-PL5 but they are probably the first of many more.

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