Advantages of noise reduction in RAW

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Alwina H Regular Member • Posts: 327
Re: Advantages of noise reduction in RAW

Nicols wrote:

I am thinking that time may have come to change ideas about noise reduction in RAW files.

When "baked-in" noise reduction comes close to the results that can be achieved with specialised software, applying it in the RAW-file has advantages:

Cheers - Klaus

Hi Klaus, I agree with all you say: in practice most of us do NR at high ISO anyway; this NR on RAW is of high quality; and pixel peeping is different from printing -and even then.

But I have always regretted my irreversible NR. My previous camera('s) had high ISO NR, and I remember I had it "on" for some time. I regret that now. Same for the images that I processed afterwards, incl. NR, without keeping the (true) RAW originals -I regret it now. Software becomes better all the time, e.g. you probably saw this too:

https://www.dpreview.com/videos/1559702271/researchers-use-ai-to-brighten-ultra-low-light-images-without-adding-noise

As you say: as long as you can switch it on/off, everybody should be happy. Hopefully Pentax goes for that option.

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