I shoot a lot of stuff under pretty extreme conditions, and I shoot people a lot under such conditions.
Maybe this product works well with things other than people; their demos, which I have seen, look amazing. my own results have been, at best, poor.
I use both Capture One and Lightroom, and either of these will be far better than DxO Optics 9 Pro Elite (or, 10, which I just got, as well).
I keep going back to DxO to give it another shot. I test it with files shot under less extreme conditions. I keep being sorely disappointed withn this product. I mean, my results have looked simply awful, and I can get good results on these files with either Lightroom or Capture One.
I paid good money for this product, and I really want to like it. I just can't.
I went to the PhotoPlus Expo, and talked to a DxO rep there. He invited me to bring one of my problem files for him to work on. I did. He worked on it. The results were just plain bad.
Let me put it to you this way: He was working on this file on the show floor. When the output appeared, after all his tweaking, he suddenly just switched away, and began doing his show patter for all the people looking on. Many of them, however, had just witnessed a pretty major fail, and that fail was in ALL of the categories in which he claimed this product excels.
I hate to say this, but the money I spent on DxO Optics Pro 9 would have been better spent on any number of products, or not spent at all. I cannot recommend this product.