DxO has announced DxO PureRaw 2 which brings with it some pretty big performance increases, with a 50% speed boost on Windows and runs up to four times faster on Apple Silicon-based Macs. The new release also adds support for Fujifilm’s X-Trans files, promising “demosaicing and denoising like you’ve never seen before” that “corrects every possible lens defect”.
Like the previous version, PureRAW 2 uses convolutional neural networks to perform the demosaicing and denoising process. But over its predecessor, it sees a couple of new ways of working. You can pre-process your images from directly within Lightroom, to generate already-enhanced Linear DNG files for editing, or you can do it straight from the Windows Explorer or macOS Finder interface.
Aside from the performance and workflow improvements, probably the biggest news with DxO PureRAW 2 is that it now supports files created with Fuji X-Trans sensors. DxO says this brings the “significant benefits of DeepPRIME” to Fuji X format photographers, which means cleaner images with less noise and artifacts as well as deeper and more vibrant colours, even at higher ISOs.
As well as Fuji, support for more cameras from a number of other manufacturers has been added to the list, too:
DxO says this brings their total camera & lens database, known as Optics Modules, up to more than 70,000 combinations to provide the best results for sharpness as well as correction for distortion, vignetting and aberration. As well as new camera and lens combos, PureRAW 2 also adds support for HiDPI displays (essentially, the Windows version of Apple’s Retina display), bringing better visual comfort to Windows users.
DxO PureRAW 2 is available to buy now for $129 or if you have the previous version of PureRAW, you can upgrade to the new version for $79. If you’re not sure if you want to pay for it yet and want to take it for a spin first, there’s also a free 30-day trial available here.