DXO Viewpoint produced the required corrections, even on difficult subjects. Aligning the lines is simple, although the Anchor circle can be difficult to see, especially if you have a complex image with lots of detail. Similar corrections were made on the same images in PaintShop Pro (a similar priced product) and although the DXO Viewpoint application produced a quick result, the results obtained in PSP were, on some images, noticeably better. The advantage Viewpoint has is it gives you the option to perform corrections in the Vertical or Horizontal plane rather than presenting a perspective rectangle each time. Both Viewpoint and PSP tended to squeeze the image in, which can produce an unnatural looking effect. I had thought that the anamorphosis correction would be a saving grace for Viewpoint, but after using the Pincushion Correction filter in PSP I managed to produce exactly the same effect. In terms of image quality, there was no visible difference between the DXO and PSP results.
Photographers who use PaintShop, Photoshop or Lightroom may find the perspective correction tools included with these applications more than sufficient for the occasional shot. A professional architecture photographer will probably use an expensive PC (Perspective Control) lens or large format camera with tilts and swings. DXO have a good product with Viewpoint and at £69 it’s not expensive, it does exactly what it says on the box. However, all the corrections we made in this review could be easily replicated in most image editing applications.
- Quick and easy to use
- Choice of Keystoning corrections
- Clean uncluttered interface
- Advanced options in Keystoning are clunky
- No option to change the Grid colour
- Not enough unique corrections to make this worth having