In the realm of quality Raw-conversion software, I believe DxO Optics Pro deserves far more attention than it gets. This is a powerful program that offers more accuracy than general converters and some unique qualities that make it a truly worthwhile investment. The three major strengths of DxO Optics Pro are its specific camera/lens combination analysis, its pre-conversion geometry corrections, and its excellent demosaicizing algorithm.
DxO (www.dxo.com/us/photo) is based on modules. In translating a Raw file, it considers all of the characteristics of a specif ic camera body, the unique qualities of a specif ic lens attached to that body, and an image’s metadata— especially focal length—to create a highly accurate conversion. Once images are imported into a project, DxO can apply this information as a batch process when you click the Process Now button. This yields an extremely high- quality overall conversion, one specif ic to your equipment, rather than a vanilla one that treats all camera/lens images identically. In fact, DxO 5.3.4 now includes more than 1,400 camera/lens module combinations. Updates for new cameras are offered fairly regularly as new equipment is released. In addition to the major manufacturers, DxO also offers specif ic modules for Sigma and Tamron lenses and advanced point-and-shoots such as the Canon G10.
DxO works with any JPEG f ile and any supported camera sensor for Raw, though many of the pro benefits of DxO exist only for the Raw format. It outputs to JPEG, TIFF, and DNG formats.