DxO Labs

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DxO Labs SAS
Company typePrivate
IndustrySoftware
PredecessorDO Labs
FoundedJanuary 14, 2003; 21 years ago (2003-01-14) in Paris, France
Founder
Headquarters
Paris
,
France
Area served
Worldwide
Products
Number of employees
89 (2021)
Websitewww.dxo.com Edit this at Wikidata

DxO Labs (formerly DO Labs) is a privately owned photography software company. It was founded in 2003 by Jérôme Ménière,[1] former CEO of Vision-IQ.[2] The company's headquarters are in Paris, France.

History[edit]

Originally organized as a business unit of Vision IQ, a French software company founded in 1995 that specialized in computer vision, DO Labs was spun off to become an independent company after raising 7.3 million Euros of financing in venture capital. [3]

When DO Labs released DxO Optics Pro in 2004, which became DxO PhotoLab in 2017,[4] it was the first product on the market to offer a way to correct photographic issues caused by camera-body electronics and lens optics without human intervention.[5] These automated corrections, based on mathematical models of the physical characteristics of camera bodies and lenses as well as on the metadata (EXIF) captured with each image, meant no human variables were involved.[6]

In 2005, following the OpenRAW[7] campaign to simplify the interoperability of capture formats, RAW file support was introduced into DxO's products and subsequent releases featured additional automatic image enhancement technologies developed specifically for RAW files.

Between 2006 and 2016, DxO Optics Pro won three EISA[8] and two TIPA industry awards.

In 2007 DxO began producing Embedded Imaging devices for camera phones.[9] However, by 2016 the product line had been divested, with most of the development team leaving for camera maker GoPro.[10]

In 2008 DxO Labs created DxOMark.com, to publish image quality ratings for standalone cameras, lenses, and mobile devices that include cameras.[11]

In 2010 version 5 of Adobe's Creative Suite signalled direct competition with DxO products by shipping with its own lens profiles for the first time.[12] In 2013 Capture One[13] also started offering automatic correction tools similar to those developed by DxO.

In 2017 DxOMark became an independent company, DxOMark Image Labs.[14][15] On October 25, 2017, DxO announced the acquisition of the Nik Collection assets from Google.[16]

Since 2018 DxO PhotoLab has won five TIPA awards,[17] including Best imaging software for professionals in 2023.

In 2020 Nik Collection won the EISA award for Best Photo Editing Software.[8]

Products[edit]

DxO Labs markets DxO PhotoLab, DxO PureRAW,[18] DxO ViewPoint, DxO FilmPack,[19] and Nik Collection[20] image processing software packages.

DxO PhotoLab[edit]

First released as DxO Optics Pro in 2004,[21] DxO PhotoLab is digital image editing software package designed for professional photographers.[22] It offers automatic corrections for optical aberrations and image distortions for popular camera-lens combinations, as well as a range of other tools. It can be used in conjunction with other software such as Adobe Lightroom.

DxO PureRAW[edit]

Launched in 2021 DxO PureRAW is essentially the RAW conversion engine developed for Optics Pro and PhotoLab. It is designed to remove noise, chromatic aberrations, vignetting, distortion, and lens softness to improve the overall quality of a photograph prior to editing.[23]

DxO ViewPoint[edit]

DxO ViewPoint allows the user to correct perspective, deformities, and lens distortions, especially those caused by shooting with wide-angle lenses.[24]

DxO FilmPack[edit]

Ilford FP4 Plus 125 emulation using DXO Filmpack 5 Elite

DxO FilmPack emulates the appearance of various conventional films digitally.[25][26] Endorsed by photographer Sebastião Salgado in 2013.[27]

Nik Collection[edit]

Nik Collection is a collection of 8 plugins and applications compatible with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop . DxO acquired Nik Collection from Google on October 25, 2017,[16] who in turn had acquired it from Nik Software in 2012. Nik Collection was first released as a DxO product in 2018.[28]

Discontinued Products[edit]

  • DxO Analyzer was a suite of software tools[29] and equipment to test sensors, lenses, and standalone cameras, as well as mobile devices with cameras.[30][31] Originally introduced by DxO Labs, DxO Analyzer is now a product of DxOMark Image Labs.[32]
  • In 2006 DxO raised 10.6m Euros to fund the development of Embedded Imaging devices for camera phones.[33] The resulting range of devices was released in 2007.[9] However, production had ceased by 2016.
  • The DxO ONE was a phone-connected-camera.[34] It was a small 20-megapixel, 1-inch-sensor, f/1.8 camera which plugs into a Lightning connector of an iPhone or iPad and uses the display to frame and shoot an image. The camera was discontinued in 2018.[35]
  • DxO Optics Pro was the first consumer product launched under the DxO banner by the then DO Labs in 2004. After 11 major releases it was superseded by DxO PhotoLab in 2017, the first DxO product to ship with the U Point technology that had been acquired from the purchase of Nik Collection from Google. However, users henceforth would have to buy both DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint in order to keep the film renderings and perspective corrections that were integral to Optics Pro.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DXO LABS". Infogreffe. Registry at the Commercial Court of NANTERRE. 17 March 2003. Retrieved 14 March 2023. Registered office 3 RUE NATIONALE, 92100 BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT
  2. ^ Borzo, Jeanette (2001-11-26). "Business Innovation Awards (A Special Report): Silver --- Poseidon Technologies Makes a Big Splash With Swimming Pool Monitoring System --- Computer System Saves Life of Drowning Teen --- In Big Pools, Lifeguards Can't Do It All". Wall Street Journal (Europe ed.). Brussels. p. 26. ISSN 0921-9986.
  3. ^ "About DO Labs". DO Labs. 12 June 2004. Archived from the original on 12 June 2004. Retrieved 23 November 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ Lebracherie, Renaud (25 October 2017). "DxO OpticsPro devient PhotoLab et gère (enfin) la retouche locale" (in French). Retrieved 12 April 2023.
  5. ^ Rockwell, Ken (December 2009). "DxO Optics Pro software". Ken Rockwell. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  6. ^ Havlik, Dan (April 2013). "PRODUCT REVIEWS". Photo District News. 33 (4): 92–97. this program fine tunes each individual RAW image to a precise set of algorithms to produce photos that look fantastic even before they're edited.
  7. ^ "Press Release #1". OpenRAW. 25 April 2005. Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  8. ^ a b "History". Expert Imaging and Sound Awards. Retrieved 19 April 2023.
  9. ^ a b "DxO Labs Rolls Out DxO IPE". Wireless News. 26 December 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  10. ^ Dumoulin, Sébastien (11 July 2016). "GoPro renforce ses équipes de R&D en France". Les Echos (in French). Retrieved 26 March 2023. Depuis 18 mois, GoPro a racheté deux start-up françaises, Stupeflix et Kolor, et recruté une trentaine de personnes chez une autre jeune pousse spécialisée dans le traitement photo, DXO.
  11. ^ "What is DxOMark?". Archived from the original on 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  12. ^ Drury, Fred (July 2010). "Drury's Digital Diary". PSA Journal. 76 (7). In CS5, Adobe has taken a step towards the type of profile driven correction, which is characteristic of the DXO product. DXO offers specific camera body/lens combination profiles, which can be used to correct optical limitations.
  13. ^ "Release notes". Capture One Pro. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  14. ^ "DxOMark Conditions of Use - DxOMark". DxOMark. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  15. ^ Hillen, Brittany (8 January 2018). "DxOMark splits from DxO Labs, is now an independent privately-owned company". DPReview. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  16. ^ a b "DxO acquires Nik Collection assets from Google". DxO Labs. 25 October 2017.
  17. ^ "TIPA World Awards Archive". Retrieved 26 March 2023.
  18. ^ "DxO PureRAW". iCreate. No. 224. May 2021. p. 96.
  19. ^ "DxO FilmPack 6: Accurately Rendering the Soul of Analog Photography: This latest version introduces new films, cinematographic renderings, and Fujifilm in addition to support for X-Trans RAW files (Beta). It features a wide array of new effects as well as Time Machine, a unique and interactive introduction to the history of film photography". PR Newswire. New York. 20 October 2021.
  20. ^ Nikitas, Theano (12 June 2020). "New: DxO Nik Collection 3, Profoto Lighting Tools & More". Rangefinder.
  21. ^ Rockwell, Ken (December 2009). "DxO Optics Pro Software". Ken Rockwell. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  22. ^ Story, Derrick (2018). The Apple Photos Book for Photographers: Building Your Digital Darkroom with Photos and Its Powerful Editing Extensions. Rocky Nook, Inc.
  23. ^ Martin, Mel (April 14, 2021). "DxO PureRAW Just Might Be the Best Way to Start Your Editing". Fstoppers. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  24. ^ Muchmore, Michael (10 November 2022). "DxO ViewPoint". PCMAG. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  25. ^ Debbie Grossman; Jonathan Barkey (December 16, 2008). "Editor's Choice 2007: Imaging Software". Popular Photography. Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  26. ^ Ashbrook, Brad (March 2014). "FilmPack4". PSA Journal. 80 (3): 6.
  27. ^ Kevin Purcell (September 21, 2013). "DxO Film Pack for Free, and Salgado's Method". The Online Photographer. Retrieved 31 January 2024.
  28. ^ "With the Nik Collection 2018 by DxO and DxO PhotoLab 1.2, DxO continues to develop innovative solutions for photographers and creative professionals" (PDF). DxO Labs. 6 June 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  29. ^ Arva-Toth, Zoltan (19 October 2012). "DxO Analyzer 5". PhotographyBLOG. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  30. ^ Westlake, Andrew (30 October 2012). "Lens Reviews Explained". dpreview.com. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  31. ^ Ryan, Philip (2 Feb 2013). "Popular Photography: How We Test". Popular Photography. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  32. ^ Hillen, Brittany. "DxOMark splits from DxO Labs, is now an independent privately-owned company". DPReview. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  33. ^ N'Kaoua, Laurance (1 March 2006). "Il met les maths au service de l'image; Ingénieur, banquier puis créateur d'entreprises, Jérôme Ménière a fondé Vision IQ et DxO Labs" (in French). Les Echos. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  34. ^ Lori Grunin (18 June 2015). "DxO One adds a new twist to the iPhone-connected camera". CNET. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  35. ^ Grigonis, Hillary (6 June 2018). "R.I.P., DxO One: The iPhone add-on camera won't survive". Digital Trends. Designtechnica. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  36. ^ Arva-Toth, Zoltan (25 October 2017). "DxO Optics Pro Renamed DxO PhotoLab". Photography Blog. Retrieved 26 February 2024.

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