by DxO Labs

A real time photo-enhancing utility that can be used as addon and standalone

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: DxO Labs

Release : DxO PureRAW 2

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Now, we have already gone over DxO PhotoLab, which was something of a post-production tool if anything, focusing more on adjusting the parameters of the said picture after it has been made. While this can be pretty useful for photographers and editing enthusiasts some things like DxO PureRAW can also make a difference in the long run! Basically, it installs and runs itself on the camera itself, and changes the way lenses and filming processes cooperate to create a picture with high clearness, greatly reduced noise, and other handy corrections to best suit the softness and quality of the selected image.  

The software can be either taken as an addon for Lightroom (other popular photo filming and editing software), Adobe PhotoShop, or standalone as a program that will simply work on your camera. Now after the filming has taken place and you connected your camera to your editing device, PureRAW will open up with a slick and rather intuitive interface. The project window pops up with basic information such as the number of pictures taken, 4 different approaches to removing the noise (mainly PRIME ones), adjusting the distortion and blur of the image, softness, chromatic aberration, some other editing filters, and even vignetting if you need those.


  • A version both standalone and in the form of an addable addon
  • 4 denoising options available 
  • Pretty pleasant and work-suitable interface with a black pallet design that doesn't take it hard on your eye, nor gets boring
  • JPEG, DNG, and TIFF exporting options
  • A process queuing system for imported images 
  • Plans for future series of updates, bringing the app to even greater quality step-by-step
  • Powerful AI integration, working on set algorithms, that makes correcting softness, noisiness, etc. a fast and effective process

And here we come to the end of the list, so it should be said that everything mentioned here is pretty solid for a photo-editing solution. It would be an exaggeration to name this software the best, if such exists in this sphere, among image-centered correction tools, but it definitely stands out because of its relatively steep price tag, great amount of features, and general quality of the application.

DxO PureRaw is a module program that runs on your camera while filming and directly influences the sharpness and clearness of the outcome picture
Windows 8.1 (64-bit) or later, or macOS 10.13 or later.
Intel Core i5 or higher, or AMD equivalent.
4GB RAM minimum (8GB recommended).
1GB of available disk space.

Greatly enhances the quality of RAW images.
Seamlessly integrates with popular editing software.
Utilizes AI for noise reduction.

Requires additional step in the editing workflow.
Might be complicated for beginners.
Licensing and price can be steep.
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