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Software (contd.) - RAW conversion

RAW Resolution

As we've now become to expect Adobe Camera RAW produced the best absolute resolution with the fewest sharpening artifacts (the 'cleanest most detailed' image). After this DiMAGE Master produces fairly good resolution but with some artifacts and moire, JPEG from the camera is next and disappointingly soft and poor resolution is the supplied in the box DiMAGE Viewer (I really can't recommend using this for your RAW conversion).

JPEG from camera DiMAGE Viewer 2.3.7
DiMAGE Master 1.0.0 Adobe Camera RAW

Noise

It's clear from these crops that the camera applies some fairly intelligent noise reduction, there's a slight softening of the image but noise is kept at bay and the overall effect isn't all that bad. Viewer performs something similar although the image looks softer still. Master looks sharper but slightly artificial, a few artifacts and some strange sharpening. Adobe Camera RAW turns up the most noise on default settings (although detail reproduction is much better), turning Luminance Smoothing up can help although obviously you have to decide if you like the look.

  • Image: ISO 1600, 1/5 sec, F4.5, RAW + JPEG, Default settings
     
  • DiMAGE Viewer 2.3.8: Default settings
  • DiMAGE Master 1.0.0: Default settings
  • Adobe Camera RAW (1): Default settings (Color noise reduction 25)
  • Adobe Camera RAW (2): Luminance Smoothing 75, (Color noise reduction 25)
Detail area crop (100%) Noisy area crop (100%)
JPEG from camera
DiMAGE Viewer 2.3.8
DiMAGE Master 1.0.0
Adobe Camera RAW (1) - Default settings
Adobe Camera RAW (2) - Luminance Smoothing 75
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