Software

Cutting out the Noise


I have just received word that Topaz are launching a new version of their DeNoise software tomorrow. As an existing user I receive a free upgrade and wish more software companies would follow this model. If you don’t own the software its priced at $79.99 but if you use the discount coupon code “NOISEFREE” when checking out the price is reduced to $49.99 until the 20/03.

You can use this link to reach the product page of the Topaz Web Site.

I have been playing around a little with a Beta version and I’m quite impressed. Take a look at the following comparison – be sure to click the image to see the enlargement. This is a section of an image viewed at 100% magnification and was shot with a Sony RX10 at ISO640. The top image is unfiltered whilst the lower one has been processed using DeNoise.

ISO640 image showing noise
ISO640 image showing noise
ISO640 after DeNoise has been applied. Yes it's also sharper as there is a deblur option.
ISO640 after DeNoise has been applied. Yes it’s also sharper as there is a deblur option. Notice how the colours appear more neutral also.

I’m going to investigate this further once the full version is out tomorrow.

13 comments

  1. Looking forward to the release and to your thoughts on it – the Topaz release / upgrade model is the best way to develop / retain a user base imho.

  2. Wow, and again you seem to come up with something that has my interest too at the moment! I recently bought this peanut jar holder, and was so enthousiastic about the design that I contacted the manufacturer, telling them I would love to have my whole garden full of their various products: would they be interested in a deal: some of my bird shots, of birds visiting their products, in exchange for some of their products. They were so enthousiastic, I got a giant box of their products. And then the stress began, I don’t do much photoshopping, I only have a small laptop, Faststone is the only software I can use on it, and still see what I’m doing, and I need to get rid of the noise I get from having to shoot extremely fast moving subjects at a higher ISO. So I ended up at Topaz, realizing that I need a bigger screen now:-)

  3. I bought De noise and hated it, totally screwed up my images – the initial look was not too bad but was not able to re open in Lightroom and file sizes had shrunk. I have to go back to my second slot SDHC and re import. Best part of the software was the prompt refund – I will stick with Topaz and Lightroom.

  4. In what way is Denoise better than the noise reduction available in Lightroom or Photoshop? I downloaded both images and ran them through Photoshop/Adobe Camera Raw’s detail (sharpening and denoise) filter. I got what to me look like very similar results to your Denoise-d image. I believe the denoise filter in Lightroom is the same as in ACR, so why pay for an additional piece of software? OK, I’m working on relatively low-def jpgs, but ….

    1. Hi Martin, this depends on how you define better. DeNoise has some productivity features in it such as noise profiles and batch processing. I also think it’s better than Lightroom at removing very high ISO noise. The example I used wasn’t really a problem but there was a lot of fine detail that could have been lost. Which is the best noise reduction package is also affected by your camera. I find that Lightroom does a great job with my Sony images but with the Micro 43 cameras it can leave traces of noise in the image that become exaggerated when processing with filters such as Nik. If I then try a second pass with Lightroom it doesn’t clean up the problem where tools such as DeNoise and Neat Image can cope with it. I tend to use Lightroom for RAW noise removal at low ISO. Up to about ISO800 I will use Nik. For higher ISO I like DeNoise. For noise reduction post processing (where I realise I didn’t do a good job) I tend to use Neat Image. DeNoise and Neat Image are also great if you want to remove film noise from scans. Sorry I haven’t given a very definitive answer but I like to have a few tools available to me if I find something isn’t working well.

  5. Hi Robin I just wanted to say a big thank you for sharing your information and knowledge. I have been looking through your site as it arrives in my inbox and have joined your lencraft site too. Which I may say is also fantastic in its generosity.

    Whats even better is that you seem to be a northern lad too ! Cheers Robert

    On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 9:03 PM, The Lightweight Photographer wrote:

    > thelightweightphotographer posted: “I have just received word that Topaz > are launching a new version of their DeNoise software tomorrow. As an > existing user I receive a free upgrade and wish more software companies > would follow this model. If you don’t own the software its priced at $79.99 > ” >

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