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DxO Optics Pro v5 with RAW Announced

DxO Labs recently announced a new image enhancing software, DxO Optics Pro version 5, which features a RAW converter, noise removal technology, and a user interface.

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***Oct. 5, 2007* - DxO Labs recently announced a new image enhancing software, DxO Optics Pro version 5, which features a new RAW converter, noise removal technology, and user interface. DxO Labs claims the software will also include preview images displayed up to four times faster compared to the previous version. DxO Optios Pro v.5 now supports the Canon 40D, Canon 1Ds Mark III, Nikon D300, and Nikon D3.

The DXO Optics Pro v.5 RAW conversion engine is a demosaicing engine that allows users to produce images with more detail and fewer artifacts. During RAW conversion, demosaicing determines how much detail and artifacts appear in the final image quality.

"Ever since digital images have been shot using sensors with a Color Filter Array, they have been plagued by a number of disgraceful artifacts: false colors, unnatural 2x2 grain, maze like structures for example," states the DxO website.

DxO claims to produce a new approach for improved image quality through Optics Pro v.5.

"Instead of only considering pixels with respect to their direct neighbors, DxO’s new RAW Engine uses a ‘non local’ approach looking much further afar than is usual from each pixel in the image in order to reconstruct detail," according to the DxO website.

DxO Optics Pro v5 is tentatively scheduled to be available for Windows by late October and for Macintosh by late November. Users who purchased DxO Optics Pro v.4 online or in stores are entitled to a free upgrade of Optics Pro v.5 Standard for $95 and Optics Pro v5 Elite for $125.

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