Loving beta support for Fujifilm raw files in DxO PhotoLab 5 and DxO FilmPack 6

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DxO recently released its image editing applications DxO PhotoLab 5 and DxO FilmPack 6 with beta support for Fujifilm raw and JPEG files, film simulations and a wide range of Fujifilm cameras and lenses using the X-Trans sensor. 

We have been using the PhotoLab 5 and FilmPack 6 host plus plug-in combination to process a documentary project made with a Fujifilm X-E4 camera with Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR lens and Squarehood lens hood, as well s snapshots made with our X-Pro2 and Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R lens with Haoge lens hood.

Although X-Trans support is currently in beta, and some features have yet to be implemented, we are ecstatic that DxO has finally begun work on it after telling us that they would not be doing that for so many years now.

We will be publishing an article and photo gallery of images from the documentary project here soon, and will continue to explore DxO’s beta X-Trans support while looking forward to the same support coming to DxO ViewPoint soon.

DxO PhotoLab, then named DxO PhotoOptics, was the very first raw image processor we used and we quickly came to love using it for documentary photographs and for its camera, lens and film profiles.

We had resigned ourselves to using DxO software for our Bayer raw files and other image editing products for our Fujifilm X-Trans raw files, but it is wonderful now being able to use the one application for all raw files especially given we sometimes mix cameras and sensors for documentary projects depending on the lenses we have for each system.

I am still working my way through reprocessing  the documentary project in DxO PhotoLab 5 and DxO FilmPack 6 after having begun work on it with another, better known, raw processing application.

However, I am already seeing the benefits of PhotoLab’s DeepPRIME combined demosaicing and denoising functionality and am enjoying basing these new interpretations on the new versions’ Digital Films/Fuji Astia Soft film simulations.

Normally I would choose some form of Velvia simulation for these images but love the way Astia accurately reflects the subtle skin tones of people spending time in the sunlight after weeks of cold, dark and rain indoors.

It’s great to see DxO adding more profiles to its software but I’d love it if the company added a LUT function too as I have built up a decent collection of film simulation and colour grading  look-up tables over the years.

DxO, thank you for taking this crucial step into supporting Fujifilm X-Trans.

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