The key values I see in DxO are:
- what appears to be best in class correction of color aberrations resulting in images with outstanding purity, kind of turns very good lenses like the Sigma 35mm f1.4 and the Nikkor 85mm f1.4 in outstanding APO ones, makes me wonder whether I should cancel my Zeiss 55mm f1.4 APO order knowing that it may not be supported by DxO...
- best in class geometric distortion turns good lenses in perfectly linear architecture focused gems... whatever the focusing distance and aperture combination,
- best in class high ISO noise removal/detail preservation,
- integration with filmpack makes B&W images generation very easy,
- geometric corrections work very well,
- very stable so far (zero crash/freeze till now).
I used not to like the colors it produced in versions 6-7 on my D800, but it looks like the D800 may have been the camera they have targeted for version 8/9 because the color profiles seem real good to me.
What I don't like about it is:
- export time, but I am using a 6 years old mac pro with just 32gb of ram, it should be better with a modern machine correctly specified. The fact that it can tap into multi-cores very well makes it a future platform software platform,
- the lack of U-Point like technology to do basic local adjustements. Nothing has gotten remotely close to Nik's U-Point so I am not expecting the same capability, but something close would help,
- a small bug causing files to be saved in the wrong folder.