Noise Reduction Software Comparison
So I’ve been doing some playing with a few different digital photography related programs and computer stuff, and figured I’d throw out some info. Might help someone somewhere along the way.
I took a photo a while back of Firefly’s hand on a plasma ball at Science World. The image was taken at ISO 1600 so it had some of that lovely digital noise. Tonight I ran it through some of the freely available (well, demo versions anyway) Noise Reduction tools to see how it came out.
Here’s the original image, and a 100% crop of a noisy area:
And the result after putting the image through some noise reduction. They were all default options, no tweaking, using the ISO 1600 *ist-D profile if it was available:
- Neat Image
100% Crop 300% Crop Comments Did quite nicely, left detail while removing noise a bit better than the others I think.
- Noise Ninja
100% Crop 300% Crop Comments Seemed to leave the area a bit more noisy than the others, but it’s hard to say if this would be noticable on a printout or anything outside of “pixel peeping”.
- Picture Cooler
- Paint Shop Pro 9
To be fair of course I’d give access to the originals, but sadly that might be a bit more bandwidth than I’m willing to give up from my home system right now, especially with a .psd of all the files in layers (for easy comparision by making layers visible and in-visible) is a 78mb download (or 66 for the GIMP .xcf file). If you’re really interested let me know and I’ll put it up for you. However, until then check out the .psd of the 300% crop (3mb) with all the source images as layers.