DxO PhotoLab 2.1, Hasselblad Phocus 3.4 and Iridient Developer 3.3.4 released

The above three new versions were released this week. Biggish news at the end of this post.

Improvements in PhotoLab 2.1:

  • Significantly faster searches
  • New: search history
  • “File indexing” (macOS only)
  • Added cameras: Fujifilm X-A5, DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Nikon Z7
  • Added lenses: Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S
  • Support for Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 and 50mm f/1.8 to come in early 2019

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Improvements in Hasseblad Phocus 3.4:

  • Better algorithm for Shadow Fill and Highlight Recovery tools
  • Old algorithm available as an option
  • Shadow Fill and Clarity now available as local adjustments (brush or linear or radial gradiant)
  • New Detail tool
  • Improved Noise Filter
  • Added lenses: XCD 65mm f/2.8, 80mm f/1.9, and 135mm f/2.8 as well as 135mm f/2.8 with 1.7x teleconverter (“X Converter 1.7”)

Improvements in Iridient Developer 3.3.4:

  • Bug fix for Z6 and Z7 12-bit lossy compressed and 12-bit uncompressed NEF files

I’ll summarise the changes to Iridient since early November to catch everyone up:

The 3.3 release introduced support for quite a list of cameras, including the aforementioned as well as the Nikon D3500 and P1000, Fujifilm X-T3, GFX 50R and XF10, Panasonic LX100 Mark II, Leica M10-D, M10-P, Q-P and C-LUX, Apple iPhone XR, XS and XS Max, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Huawei: Mate 20 Pro, and  Parrot Anafi (a drone, for those who don’t know). Support was also added for some really big guns, the Phase One: IQ4 150MP, IQ4 150MP Achromatic and IQ4 100MP Trichromatic.

The minor releases since that release have been dealing with making sure the Z6 and Z7 and macOS Mojave as the host operating system are fully supported. Both of those endeavours now seem to be complete (phew).

The not quite big news

The attentive reader may have noticed that DxO have finally awoken (I’ve only been telling them this for literally years) to the realisation that Fujifilm X-A* and some other Fujifilm cameras actually do use a Bayer colour filter layout and could therefore be supported by their algorithms without any major changes. So the X-A5 seems to have been chosen as the first supported ILC from Fujifilm and as of the 2.1 release is now supported.

However, the Fujifilm X-T100, GFX 50S and GFX 50R will not be supported until next April, and there is no word confirming, other than the X100, which mysteriously has been the lonely supported X series camera since Optics Pro 7.0 (no X-S1, no X10, no XF1, all of which have the same “EXR” colour filter layout), I’ll repeat, there is no word confirming that ANY OTHER Fujifilm camera will ever be supported. You’d think they’d now easily add the X-A1, 2, 3, 10 and 20, and the XF10, but no, it seems to be the same story all over again. This company is really struggling to get over itself and attract more customers.

Meanwhile, Iridient Developer remains the go-to solution for Fujifilm owners. Good for him (last I checked, Iridient was a one man operation on the development side).

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