Best noise removal software?

Rafael Lopes

Regular
May 17, 2011
8
I´ve read a bunch of stuff about this matter but nothing like hearing from the users them selves.
Which noise removal software obtains the best results? Speed is also a factor, but quality is the main thing.
 

olli

Super Moderator Emeritus
Sep 28, 2010
123
Sofia, Bulgaria
olli
You'll probably get as many answers as there are programmes. The notion of 'best results' is also tricky since it depends on how else you process your images and what you do with them by way of display or printing afterwards. For screen display and for anything other than really large prints I suspect you won't see much difference from using any reputable programme.

I used Neat Image for a long time which is very good and I also occasionally used NIK Dfine - the one advantage of this programme (and a few others) that it allows selective NR to be applied to different parts of the image.

Now though I use the NR tools in Lightroom. I haven't seen any stand alone programme that does a better job. While it doesn't have the same kind of options for selective reduction as some do it does have sliders labelled 'detail' for both luminance and color noise which do the same thing - only the decision about the levels of NR applied to different parts of the image is decided by the programme. Since LR moved from version 2 to version 3 I haven't used anything else.
 

john1027

Regular
Jul 11, 2010
68
Alexandria, VA
A vote from me for Nik Dfine. I use Aperture 3 and have found their noise reduction to be a little lacking and using Dfine as a plug-in works fine for my needs.
 

Rafael Lopes

Regular
May 17, 2011
8
Thanks, guys. I hadn't thought about localized noise removal, but it IS a great feature, as many times I ad clarity to skies which brings unwanted noise.
It there any other software that allows this?
 

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