DxO PhotoLab draws on the company’s catalogue of image enhancement software, with many automatic and manual correction tools.
What’s the connection to Nik Software?
Nils Kokemohr, the former CTO of Nik Software, invented the U Point technology to improve selective picture touch-ups and adjustments. Since then, his program has been incorporated into all eight programs in the Nik Collection. In 2017, the relationship became even more direct when DxO bought Nik Collection from Google.
Is DxO better than Lightroom?
In many respects, PhotoLab is better than Adobe Lightroom. Its two most significant advantages over Lightroom are the quality of its denoising and the ability to customise your workspace so you can organise your tools to best suit your workflow.
However, Adobe is a major player in the photo editing software industry and has a whole suite of products that complement each other. DxO PhotoLab doesn’t match the level of Adobe's integration.
Other high-quality options
Capture One is a professional-level program for working with RAW images. There’s a free trial followed by a monthly subscription model.
ACDSee Photo Studio is geared more toward the keen amateur user. It also has a 30-day free trial. After that, it follows a monthly subscription model.
Which should you buy?
In terms of functionality, all choices are excellent quality programs, so the different pricing models could sway you one way or the other. Lightroom is a monthly subscription, and DxO is a single-purchase, lifetime licence.
DxO enables a superior workflow, which can make a massive difference to a professional working under pressure. The photo editing tools themselves are as effective as those in Lightroom, and in some cases, better.
In our view, DxO PhotoLab works great as an image-editing and optical correction software package. With the customisation and easy-to-use interface, even a user who’s new to professional photo editing should be able to learn how to use it quite quickly.