DxO maybe is special

Some days ago I mentioned I would be checking out DxO Optics Pro as an alternative to Adobe Lightroom as raw converter.  This was based on a suggestion that the DxO software might do a better job at processing high ISO Sony files than other converters.

Well here is the best I could get out of Lightroom 2.2 with a particular ISO 1600 test image:

And this is the result with DxO Optics Pro 5:

Here are some 100% crops, first Lightroom:

And then DxO:

I find the DxO easier on the eye without sacrificing detail. The noise is not as prominent or obtrusive, and the overall result is a little more contrasty than I could achieve with Lightroom.

Something to think about.

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