I downloaded the trial version. Besides all the missing lenses (85 1.8, 50 macro etc) I am missing my favourite lense, the 17-40 from my 5d mk2. I understand the limitations of DXO and DNGs (you have to use DXO as your DNG convertor before importing them into LR) but what am I supposed to be seeing that makes this better than an all Adobe workflow?
If I want to do lense corrections I'll do it in CS4 to only the files I select as finals. Besides the lense corrections is there anything that really shines with this software over LR, CS4 and PG sharpener?
Apart from the faxt DxO bizzarely does not have a hig resolution image browser built-in (maybe because of the close link with Lightroom?), the answer is workflow, image quality, and noise.
I have only just started using DxO. Here is what I have found so far.
The main lenses I use on a Sony A900 are corrected in DxO. I could save presets in other programs but I'd be repeating the work done already by DxO. So it saves time and probably does a better job most of the time.
Regarding image quality, again its a workflow thing in part, but DxO has two useful tricks. The first is DxO lighting, which seems in effect to be a combination of sophisitcated local contrast and exposure adjustment. The second is DxO lens softness, which is a lens and body specific means of applying variable sharpening accross the image. While I find I sometimes have to turn this down, it does good job with most images. Of course the software also has reasonaby sophisiticated perspective correction and a number of other tools I need
Regarding noise, I have found it possible to extract shadow detail with minimal increase in noise and without loosing too much detail using the lighting (especially DxO lighting) gamma and contrast tools in combination
There are a number of other features I am experimenting with like image stacks but I have only had the program a few days and it will no doubt take time to get fully up to speed. I also use SilkyPix but find the image quality from DxO to be superior.
I suspect I would find DxO less useful if my main lenses were not supported.
I don't use lightroom.