It took DxO more time than expected to release the update that would include the E-M5 from Olympus. Could it be that they already knew that the E-M5 has the Sony sensor? I would not put to much to that, reason is, it takes more than only adding camera data to the software database. Each lens has to be tested with the new camera so that optimum results are possible using the software. DxO has come a long way including m43 gear into the software. Sadly they still have to do a lot to really offer the m43 owner full value. Sometimes when I scroll through the DxO Optics Pro database, I cannot help but be sad that the guys at DxO spend so much time on Canon and Nikon lenses and bodies and so little on Olympus. Hopefully the huge interest in the E-M5 will change that.
That all said, DxO V7,5 is a killer solution, especially for those interested getting the highest quality from their E-M5 images. Wow Siegfried that's a statement I guess some of you say….. Well, yes I agree that is, the reason simply being, each time I use DxO, I love the accuracy and ease with which DxO process my digital RAW files. I never feel any need to do anything weird or strange with my RAW files when working with DxO. Often when working with less competent software I tend to "spice up" the images to make it look better. DxO has a straight forward workflow, a type of step by step flow which are logical plus the results are always visible in the image window while editing. I do use LR4 and CS5 and enjoy working with both these excellent editing packages from Adobe. DxO are different in that it does not give the feel of being in a creative image environment, personally I experience it more like a goal orientated editing software solution, helping the photographer getting the most from his or hers RAW images. The difference working on RAW files produced by tested versus lenses not tested by DxO, explains my point describing my experience working with DxO. Lenses not tested are like working with any other RAW editor.
From the many awesome functions lets look at what is new in DxO Pro 7,5
Faster Processing Speed plus greater Stability
Improved lens softness correction
Improved Saturated Color Protection
Many more cameras supported plus lenses added
The above image was taken with my E-M5 fitted with the new 12 - 50 mm Kit lens and edited with DxO. I included the camera JPEG version of the image in the top right corner. See the lines of the buildings and the deep shade area in the JPEG version. DxO uses the powerful Keystoning function to correct building "lines" in the image. Unfortunately the 12 - 50mm is not yet in the list of tested lenses. The result is that one has less scope or editing functions when editing "non tested" RAW images. On the other hand those lenses that are tested does allow for more functionality plus better editing options in RAW editor. I really hope DxO will increase their pace on testing compatible lenses with the E-M5. You can see the list of tested lenses in the DxO website. The next image was taken with the E-M5 fitted with a tested lens (14 - 42mm Kit lens) and edited with DxO.
The final image I like to show you are one of my beautiful daughter in law. In this image you will see how well the E-M5 image (RAW), edited with DxO extract detail from hair. She has very finely structured hair and it takes a good camera, sensor and lens to get this level detail extraction and resolution. Unfortunately one cannot see the full impact on the scaled down version of the image I use for the web.
There are lots more great functions available in DxO, functions like the class leading and a simple way of increasing DR (HDR) function, lens softness correction, color controls and many more. All the functions are really aimed at helping the photographer get the most from his image and camera. Does one really need software with a digital camera? The answer is a BIG YES!!! In the old days film had its limitations and one learned to work with that. The result was great images plus a feel for what to expect. Everyone was in the same position and not much to change the basic conditions could be done by the average photographer.
The digital age is different and one of the main reasons are that each camera is different. If at least the cameras gave similar results then one had a starting point. DxO is an editing package with excellent capabilities, able to take on the absolute best RAW converters on the market. As said above DxO is not intended to satisfy the graphic guy looking for creative stuff, DxO is more aimed at the person interested getting the most from his or hers images.
As said in other articles I tried them all and if I had to recommend a package today then it will be DxO for the purist and the Adobe solutions for those who like good results plus who needs a powerful graphical capability.