DXO Optics Pro 10 vs Lightroom 5

When the DxO first introduce the Prime noise reduction in its DxO Optics Pro 9 it catch my attention immediately. Although I’m satisfied with the Lightroom 5 noise reduction but I’m still interested in how much better the Prime NR can be. However, the processing and loading time in DxO Optics Pro 9 was significantly slower compare to Lightroom 5.

Soon, DxO released the DxO Optics Pro 10 which claims that the Prime NR performance and loading time in DxO Optics Pro 10 had been boosted up to 4 times and 10 times faster respectively than it was in DxO Optics Pro 9. So I grabbed a copy and give it a try, wow! Impressive! The Prime NR only takes between 1 minute to 1 minute 20 seconds to render my photos on my MBP 13 late 2013, and the loading time for images is significantly improved!

I spent some time to search online but there is not much comparison between DxO Optics Pro 10 vs Lightroom 5. Therefore, I decided to do the comparison myself and share with you all because the DxO Optics Pro 10 is definitely worth the try.

1. Landscape Rendering and Adjustment

First of all, we will look at the comparison of rendering capability of both application. Besides the standard shadow and highlight recovery, DxO Optics Pro 10 also introduce the Smart Lighting optimisation which brings out the details from both underexposed and overexposed areas.

No Correction

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The default rendering for both application seems not much different.

Auto Adjustment

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When apply the auto adjustment, Lightroom 5 opens up more than the DxO Optics Pro 10 due to the different default settings. Lightroom 5 increase exposure and do the highlight and shadow recovery while the DxO Optics Pro 10 only do the lens correction and apply DxO’s Smart Lighting in slight intensity as default.

Fine Tune

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After applied some quick adjustment, both results looked pretty good and Continue reading