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Topaz DeNoise AI - thumbs up!

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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 89 Norway
9 Mar 2022 3:22PM
I have used Nik Collection DFine for the past few years. As it is a part of the Nik Collection, I have never bothered looking elsewhere for an alternative. It has to be said, though, that I have never really been very impressed with the results it produces.
I recently started doing a lot of after dark street stuff in Oslo city centre, and became frustrated that a lot of the images shot at high ISO levels were too noisy to be classified as keepers. Don't get me wrong, some images are better for a bit of noise and I have a few that benefit from it. However, DeFine wasn't cutting the mustard so I started looking at alternatives.
My choice fell on Topaz's De Noise AI. What a fantastic difference! Both to the images and compared to Nik's version. DXO certianly have some catching up to do if they want to be considered as a serious alternative to the latest AI programmes!
I now have many images I shall keep instead of confining them to the bin.

I would highly recommend anyone looking for a denoise programme to try Topax - there is a free 30-day trial available.
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sherlob Plus
17 3.3k 133 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2022 3:58PM
Hi Malc, another thumbs up for Topaz from me. You do have to look carefully at the image result - in my experience the AI algorithm can go slightly awry in some sections. This has been most notable around the focal point of the images I'm my experience. Another excellent utility is the sharpening tool - again though this can lead to some patchy results and is easily applied "too much".
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 89 Norway
9 Mar 2022 4:04PM
Thanks, Adam - that's a useful tip about the effect round the focus point - I'll certainly remember that.
As for sharpening, I tend to use the High Pass mode in Affinity Photo and use it selectively, not universally. This is, after much trial and error of various sharpening methods, shown itself to be the one I like most.
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Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
9 Mar 2022 9:16PM
I have been using many Topaz Plug-ins for some years now. Until 15 months ago, I was using a FF DSLR Canon EOS 5 mk IV so noise was hardly ever an issue. I now use a Sony A6600 which has half the sensor size so noise can sometimes be an issue. However, having Topaz Denoise AI makes it easy so it has probably changed my photography methods. I often use Auto ISO now for birds and sport so I can use a fast shutter speed.

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dke 4 201 Germany
10 Mar 2022 9:24AM
I photographed my slides using a converted slide projector (diadigifix conversion kit) and a macro lense on my Nikon D7200.
With Topaz Denoise AI (in the Low Light mode) I reduced noise and film grain and got very good results. Other tools (DxO, ON1 NoNoise AI) were also able to reduce noise very efficiently but Topaz Denoise AI was the only tool that could handle film grain in a concincing manner. From my side a clear 'thumbs up' too.
Regards, dke


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