DPP vs. third party
Here are five key settings and Canon features which will be stripped out or substituted with generic processes by third party RAW converters – choose a setting or feature from the list below to see more details or use the arrows.

DILC32When searching around for your current EOS camera or latest lens purchase, you might have spent some time looking to save a few pounds. And included with your EOS camera is an excellent bit of free software from Canon, called Digital Photo Professional (DPP).

You could now go and put that money you saved towards some new image processing software – after all, the Canon software is free and can't be all that good. Can it?

Think again – DPP has been designed to work seamlessly with your EOS camera and is the only software capable of utilising your camera's sophisticated built-in features – like Auto Lighting Optimizer and Picture Styles – to enhance your images. We recommend that you give it a go.

Shooting JPEGs
If you shoot JPEG images you are assured of the best quality from your EOS camera. Why? Because your camera contains sophisticated image processing software that will process the image in-camera and output high quality images – providing of course you get the exposure and a few other basic settings correct at the time of shooting.

Shooting RAW
If you shoot RAW the process is different. The camera saves the RAW image file without applying any corrections, but instead saves the settings as data within the image file. These settings are then applied automatically when the RAW conversion is done, but only if using DPP.

If you use third party software, there is an option to process the RAW file using the camera settings. However, the software can only apply generic settings. Much of the data saved with the file are algorithms that are patented by Canon. No great surprise there, after all Coca Cola is patented – you cannot make the same recipe – and other brands simply do not taste the same. So why, when it comes to camera algorithms, would you assume that you'd get the same result with a third-party brand imitating what the original does?

The DPP difference


Which version of DPP can I use?

Canon currently has two versions of its RAW imaging software available for photographers to download and use: versions 3 and 4. You can run both programs on your computer simultaneously. DPP version 4 is currently compatible with the following Canon cameras (correct as at July 2017):

EOS 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, 100D, 200D, 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 800D, 20D, 20Da, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 60Da, 70D, 77D, 80D, 1D, 1D Mark II, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D X, 1D X Mark II, 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II, 1Ds Mark III, 1D C, 5D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5DS, 5DS R, 6D, 6D Mark II, 7D, 7D Mark II, M, M2, M3, M5, M6, M10, as well as many of the Powershot G-series models.


Where can I get DPP?

Until recently, all EOS digital cameras were supplied with an EOS Solutions disk. This disk contains Canon software and drivers for your camera, including DPP.

Nowadays, the disk isn't included in most camera boxes. Instead, you can download the software and drivers from Canon support.

There's no charge to do this – simply enter your camera model and a list of available downloads will appear. Your operating system should be automatically detected, to ensure that you download the correct version.

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Why use Digital Photo Professional?

DPPsplashGetting the best results from your EOS camera doesn't have to mean spending extra money on software. There's a very capable program you get for nothing when you buy your camera – all it takes is a little time to get to know it. Here's why you should use Canon's own RAW image processor Digital Photo Professional (DPP).

Now of course, all those settings can be put right again in other RAW converter software, but you'll have to make the corrections manually. Open the images in DPP and those corrections are done for you. And, just as usefully, those settings can be undone, or altered as needed. Did you have the wrong white balance set when shooting? No problem – just change the white balance setting in DPP and it's instantly put right.

So why use DPP 4? Well the images speak for themselves, and out of preference here at EOS magazine we would rather have the camera and computer doing all the work rather than spending hours correcting substitute settings added by non-Canon RAW converters.

Of course, the ultimate aim is to get the image right in-camera. That way, we can spend more time out with our EOS camera!

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Picture Styles

White balance

High ISO noise reduction

Auto Lighting Optimizer

Lens aberration corrections

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