Send your DAZ Studio characters to
Hell Blender, with a brand new tutorial and pipeline overview researched and written by Jon Hallier. The Blender guys are of course working on the free Make Human software, which is current stuck at alpha 0.6. But until Make Human becomes usable, Exporting DAZ Studio 4 figures to Blender might come in handy.
Carrara 8 is DAZ Studio's official 'big sister' software.
Carrara loads all DAZ and Poser characters and scenes,
and supports LuxRender for top-quality realistic rendering.