LX3 Optimal RAW Processing: High Resolution

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
fPrime
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LX3 Optimal RAW Processing: Fine Color Detail Preservation
In reply to fPrime, May 23, 2013

Next let’s look at fine detail color preservation.  A not well known fact is that many RAW convertors and post processing techniques destroy the delicate, small color details our sensors are able to record.  Have a look at this 200% comparison view of the parking lot on the far right side.

Be sure to view at 100% view for best comparison

From worst to best this is how they line up in my opinion…

DxO:  It’s easy to see that DxO has literally “turned off” the red tail-light of the silver car, but look also at how it has desaturated the rest of the fine yellow, orange, and burgundy detail. You can also clearly see sharpening halo's on the building edges.

SPP:  Not as bad as DxO, but clearly a lot of fine color desaturation.

UFR:  Retains almost as much fine color detail as ACR but shows more demosaicing color artifacts in foliage, railing, etc.  Very obvious noise in the sky is also troubling.

ACR:  Retains the most fine color detail.

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