« on: October 23, 2012, 03:25:55 AM »
I prefer DxO Optics Pro for managing ISO noise during RAW conversions.
DXO Pro was the best before LR4 came out - i used it most of the time for RAW files
Now i feel that LR4 is giving better results - at least to my taste so now i am using LR4 for most of the time. The are some different conditions when one of them gives more pleasant look.
But in general LR4 leaves more details and with just a little bit of luminance grain image is more real - does not destroy low contrast surface textures so you feel it more realistic and more "tangible". DXO at default setting smears low contrast surface texture details and gives more "plastic" look. Especially noticable on RED channel - even if luminance and chroma sliders are set to 0 red channel details are still smeared a little bit. Turn off NR then all OK. Never observed that in LR4.
I did number of tests on this for myself and can post some results later.
On the other hand DXO strength is lens correction modules and film pack for true film rendering - i like that features most of all.