DxO PureRAW 2 uses a number of proprietary technologies to help you get the most out of your images.
Role and benefits
The role of DxO PureRAW 2 is both very simple and decisive in improving the quality of the digital images you will work with. Indeed, by applying DxO optical corrections and denoising to your RAW files, and then performing the rest of the processing of your photos in your usual editing program, you will enjoy the best of both worlds.
You’ll be able to generate linear DNG files for post-processing in Adobe Lightroom Classic, in Adobe Lightroom (desktop, mobile, and web), and in Adobe Camera Raw, as well as in any software that supports this format. You can also generate JPEGs that are ready to use, especially for sharing (web, social networks, etc.).
DxO’s expertise in correcting lens flaws and optimizing sharpness, as well as in noise handling, gives you a solid, high-quality foundation for getting the most out of your photos.
In standalone mode, all you have to do is add your photos to DxO PureRAW 2, select your desired processing options (lens module and type of noise reduction) and output options (format and destination), and start processing. This also includes the option to use batch processing. The program allows you to check the results directly and compare the optimized images with the original ones, before your export them to your usual photo software.
If you are a Lightroom Classic user, you can process your images with the DxO PureRAW 2 plugin without having to exit the Adobe program. Lastly, the program’s controls also let you process images through your Windows Explorer (PC) or Finder (Mac) window.
The support for cameras and lenses (using DxO Optics Modules) is exactly the same as that offered by DxO PhotoLab.
Reminder: DxO PureRAW 2 works only with RAW files.
You will also find a slide-based overview of the role, function, and technologies of DxO PureRAW 2 in the “What is DxO PureRAW 2?” Help menu.
DxO technologies used
DxO Optics Modules
After you add your images to DxO PureRAW 2, the program offers to download the DxO Optics Module(s) corresponding to the camera/lens pair(s) you use so as to automatically perform adjustments for the following:
- Vignetting: Darkening of image borders.
- Distortion: Deformation of straight lines.
- Chromatic aberration: Colored fringes along strongly contrasted contour lines.
- Lens sharpness: Homogenenization and optimization of the entire image (center and edges).
All these corrections are applied without any need for you to intervene or make manual adjustments; all you have to do is simply approve the download of the automatically suggested Optics Modules.
DxO Labs currently offers over 60,000 Optics Modules created in its own labs, and regularly adds new modules to support even more cameras and lenses.
For more information about DxO Optics Modules and their corrections, see www.dxo.com/en/technology/camera-and-lens-corrections
DxO HQ, PRIME, and DeepPRIME denoising
DxO PureRAW also lets you reduce and even remove digital noise entirely not only in your images taken at high sensitivities, but also in images taken at lower sensitivities (including daylight). This is because, depending on the camera, some images may have noise or graininess in the shadows that only becomes visible when you lighten them. The program offers you the following noise reduction technologies:
- HQ: This is the standard DxO denoising method, which combines both efficiency and speed.
- PRIME: This technology analyzes your image in depth to accurately distinguish details from noise, resulting in images with preserved details and colors. Due to the intensity of the analysis and calculations, this method requires more time to optimize the images, depending on their quantity, size, and the power of your computer.
- DeepPRIME: This technology, based on artificial intelligence and deep learning, goes even further in analysis, image demosaicing, and noise processing for spectacular results that push the limits of even the oldest cameras. DeepPRIME can also give a new lease on life to even your oldest digital photos. Equally intensive analysis and calculations take advantage of the power of your graphics card.