Compare several photos in same view

I don’t understand why this feature is not not standard in DxO Photolab 2.
It the base to be able to compare several photos on same screen, because we can win time when we are working for photos selection
Thank you

Looks like it’s already in the pipeline for development. Along with lots of other things, so could take some time:

Yes but since Dec 2018 in DxO roadmap and still nothing for a basique function :frowning:

Sometimes roads are longer or more bumpy as we think :man_shrugging:t4:

When it will be available?
Thank you

Hello, Laurent.

I know this is not the answer you’re hoping to hear - but; there has been regular discussion on this forum about the best method of comparing images for selection … and the regular conclusion is that PLx is not the best means of doing so (mainly because PL needs to process all your corrections before displaying each result for your review … and this is a slow process).

A number of different tools have been proposed as better methods for comparing images - including;

  • Fast Raw Viewer … which displays the actual RAW file - - not simply the embedded JPG.
  • Irfan … which displays the embedded JPG
  • XNViewMp Viewer … etc

Regards, John M


Thank you but I don’t want to multiplicate software because I loose time.

You actually win time. Since it will be very slow too implement in Photalab. Please re-read the comments in this post.

Check Lightroom to see what happens if one application tries to do everything.

DxO should always be agile and focus on it’s core… RAW image processing. Some light DAM functinonality can help but no need to turn it into another Lightroom.

IMO, improvements should be made in interacting with an ecosystem of other apps more handily.


You have my vote!

IMO, improvements should be made in interacting with an ecosystem of other apps more handily.

For example having the possibility to add plugins like LR has to export from PL dealing with metadata, watermaks, publishing, etc…

John, maybe a bit late to answer to your comment, but if the main purpose is to select the best out of many in terms of sharpness, composition, face expression, eyes closed/opened etc. while analyzing a shooting, why would you need to have all DXO filters and corrections processed? That´s a true waste of performance.
And to use a different software for such a basic workflow step is simply a nogo.
DXO has all tools available to show two pictures as “raw as possible”, than simply qualify any of them for further procedure and the fish is fried.
And, if my Cray 42 has enough power, so let me decide to add my preferred setting to it.
I can´t see the problem, except that such an essential feature is missing


Personally, I find no benefit in comparing multiple images side-by-side in a RAW developer unless I can zoom in on particular features to compare. And that’s all the limited screen real-estate would permit, anyway. So I zoom in on one image in PhotoLab and just select the next image to compare and examine the same details to see if I like it better. (The viewer stays zoomed in to the same position in the frame as I change images.) If I just need to compare a series of images without zooming in (to compare composition, lighting, etc.), I do this in IrfanView before I even start using PhotoLab. (For example, double-click on each image I want to compare and just cycle through the open windows which end up stacked on top of each other.)


But it is really useful when photos are similar
In multiple case photographer need to take picture in same situation then same or similar
Then compare in DxO is really important for quick selection before production.
For example in Adobe :

  • Bridge for compare and selection
  • and production in Camera RAW

would be the same for :

  • Photothèque
  • Personaliser
    in DxO Photolab.
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Best implementation of this is Capture One:

You can literally select like up to 8 or 12 images in the viewer, shift click on them and zoom in to all of them at the same time in the same zoom:ratio or at different ratios if you don’t hold shift while zooming in.

The most amazing part: it is super fast on a simple MacBook Pro with 8gb of RAM.


I don’t understand your answer about Capture One.
Indeed we want to use only one software for Photos production.
And Capture One has not same function as DxO PL

I am stating that Capture One has the best implementation of this functionality.

The problem is if you start adding all of these features software will become very bloated. I do not want to turn PhotoLab into Lightroom or Capture One.

My ideal situation would be that FastRawViewer could do this, but alas. Since I use IMatch 2020 as a DAM, I now prefer to use the 4 or 8-up functionality there. Slightly less usable than Capture One but good enough.

BTW, I personally do not want to use one software for photo production. I want them to talk to each other conforming to open standards. One software for all photo production will just create a huge mess. You will end up with an application that is as bloated and convoluted as Lightroom (which still needs Photoshop by the way).


So, bloating, convoluting and mess are just distributed among your whole system… Is that really better ? Pas si sûr…

@florisvaneck Sorry but post-prod software should have “must have” and photos compare is a must have in post-prod…

I never ask doing the same as LR or CO because I didn’t like them and don’t want for them, then sorry you are describing my request badly.

Photo comparison is a basic in all post-prod software used for photos selection.


The question is if PhotoLab is the right tool for photo selection. I don’t really think so. That’s why our opinions differ.


I use IMatch, PhotoLab and Affinity Photo. No mess at all. All work together perfectly.