DXO PL4 vs. PL5. Worth the upgrade? Or is Topaz Image bundle better

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Ernie Misner
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Re: DXO PL4 vs. PL5. Worth the upgrade? Or is Topaz Image bundle better

Digital Nigel wrote:

Ernie Misner wrote:

sirhawkeye64 wrote:

ANAYV wrote:

Hi all.

I have and use DXO PL 4.

I can upgrade for $49 to PL5

Anything faster?

Using PC Win 10


GPU: 1650 with 4GB DDR5 RAM

Another option (for $99 ) is Topaz Image bundle.




Not sure what area of image manipulation you are looking at specifically, but I can say from a NR standpoint, PL5 does a very good job, and is probably better than DeNoise in my opinion. While DeNoise did a decent job at removing noise, I felt I lost a bit of detail as a result, even playing around with the settings, but in PL5 I'm getting much better results and are more satisifed with it's NR algorithms, so I'd say go for PL5 if the choice was mine. I can't compare it to PL4 though (as v5 is the first version I've bought).

Off topic but I'm new to PL5 and did someone say that when using the Prime NR that you can't really judge the results without exporting the image? Or did I read that wrong. Thanks.

Yes, that's true of both PRIME and DeepPRIME. Even what you see in the little inspection window isn't an accurate representation of what you'll see in the exported file, which generally looks much better.

Thanks and I did mean to say DeepPRIME.   So.... since the exported file tends to look better, do you usually go a little less on the sliders so it won't be overdone on the exported file?  (Loss of detail from too much NR)

Incidentally, I now regard PRIME as a legacy feature, only retained for backwards compatibility. I always use DeepPRIME, which is both much better, and faster to process.

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