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New DxO PhotoLab 3.1 Improvements

It’s only 8 weeks since DxO launched PhotoLab 3 with great new features (watch my review on YouTube below) and they are already improving it. Today see’s PhotoLab 3.1 launch with improvements I know quite a few people have been waiting for.

PhotoLab Optical Excellence

In case you haven’t come across DxO PhotoLab before, it’s one of the best RAW converters on the market. It grew out of the old DxO OpticsPro software and continues the tradition of optical excellence. The way it achieves this is using DxO camera and lens modules.  It doesn’t rely on the camera manufacturer’s RAW file lens corrections. This is increasingly important as camera manufacturers strive to reduce costs in the manufacturing process and instead rely on software.

The PhotoLab results speak for themselves. It’s well worth downloading the free trial software to experience this for yourself. If the software supports your camera and lens combination with a module, I think you will notice a big improvement over many RAW converters.

New Camera and Lens Modules

This latest release of DxO PhotoLab 3.1 adds more than 3,000 optical modules to the software database. This takes the module count to over 55,000 different camera/lens combinations. The new modules include the recent Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM, the Fujinon GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR and GF 110mm F2 R LM WR, the Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S, the Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G, and the Tamron 17-28mm F2.8 Di III RXD for Sony FE. If you’re wondering if your camera and lenses are supported, you can use the checker on the DxO website.

Windows Catch Up

PhotoLab 3 added support for Keywording but only for the Mac. This left a lot of Windows users disappointed and the DxO website just promised “coming soon”. Well, they’ve been good to their word and PhotoLab 3.1 supports keywording in Windows. This feature lets photographers add, delete, or rename keywords assigned to one or several images simultaneously. Users can also display keywords associated with an image, including images imported from other XMP-compatible software, and add them to multi-criteria searches.

If you want to see the keywording in PhotoLab 3, I cover it in my video review below.

Pricing for PhotoLab 3.1

There’s good news for existing owners of PhotoLab who can download the PhotoLab 3.1 update for free. Just launch your current PhotoLab 3 software and the updater should take care of the rest. Alternatively, log into your DxO account on DxO website and download from there.

If you don’t already have PhotoLab, DxO has a launch sale until the 16th December 2020 which gives a valuable discount:

  • DxO PhotoLab 3.1 ESSENTIAL Edition: £86.99 instead of £112
  • DxO PhotoLab 3.1 ELITE Edition: £129.99 instead of £169

If you have an existing license for an earlier version of PhotoLab or DxO OpticsPro I understand upgrades are also available. You can check the cost by signing in to your DxO account on the DxO website.

I’m very pleased to see this new version of PhotoLab launched.

If you want to more about using PhotoLab, see my Local Adjustments tutorial.

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