Well, it looks like Adobe is actually listening to all of the complaints about its handling of digital noise. I am still testing Lightroom 3 Beta 2, and just for fun I thought I would process the same files from my last article. Again, these files were shot as 18meg Raw file with ISO 6400, f/4.0, 1/125 shutter and available light. The only variable was the Noise Reduction settings. I expected the worst from Adobe …
But, I was amazed at the results in Lightroom 3 Beta 2! For comparison, I also processed the files using the latest release of Capture One 5 Pro. To save space, I am only showing the image with Noise Reduction turned Off and Noise Reduction set to Strong (the extremes). The results are below.
One curious note – Adobe processed both files (NR Off and NR Strong) identically. Since the Noise Reduction setting is just another tag in the Raw file, it is obvious that Adobe is ignoring the tag altogether. In any event, these results are better than Canon’s own DPP from my last article.
The above image provides a screen capture of the setting used in both Capture One 5 Pro and in Lightroom 3 Beta 2. And remember, these images were shot with ISO6400! Lightroom 3 Beta 2 blew Capture One 5 Pro away! The results took only a few seconds of tweaking. Better results and even a time-saver. The white balance needs to be adjusted in Lightroom, but Wow!
Adobe, I take all those nasty things back 😛 Now fix Camera Raw and all will be right in the world!!!