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Lightroom Denoise vs DxO PureRaw

Lightroom Denoise vs DxO PureRaw 4

Lightroom Denoise is one of the best noise reduction software applications I have tested. But can you do better? To find out, I compared Lightroom to DxO PureRaw, a raw conversion tool and one of the newest photo denoisers on the market, and tested each for speed, efficiency, and, of course, image quality. Jump to Conclusion

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Lightroom Denoise vs PureRaw – Contents

Lightroom Denoise vs DxO PureRaw – Image Quality

Lightroom and DxO PureRaw 4 are outstanding photo denoisers, but DxO PureRaw 4 is slightly better. Specifically, it does a better job extracting fine detail, rendering a sharper and cleaner result overall.

Lightroom Denoise vs DxO Pureraw 4

However, the margins can be very small, and, simply put, Lightroom Denoise is more than good enough. But if you denoise enough images, you might find PureRaw 4’s marginally better image quality worth the cost.

Winner: DxO PureRaw

Lightroom Denoise vs DxO PureRaw – Workflow

Lightroom Denoise could not be easier to use. Begin by right-clicking on your image and selecting Enhance. Next, specify the amount of denoising you wish to apply, and you’re done.

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Lightroom Denoise is easy to use

DxO PureRaw is also simple to use but offers two denoising models, DeepPRIME and DeepPrime XD, plus adjustments for strength and detail. Like Lightroom, DxO PureRaw also includes raw file corrections and enhancements.

Process Settings in DxO PureRaw 4
Fine-tuning noise reduction in DxO PureRaw 4’s Preview mode

Lightroom Denoise and PureRaw both support batch processing, with DxO PureRaw being faster and more likely to produce an optimal result. For these reasons, I consider DxO PureRaw the best noise-reduction software for denoising large batches of images.

Winner: DxO PureRaw

Lightroom Denoise vs DxO PureRaw – Cost

If you are already a Lightroom subscriber, Lightroom Denoise is effectively free. In contrast, DxO PureRaw costs $129 for a lifetime license, which is about the same as a year’s subscription to Lightroom.

Winner: Lightroom Denoise

Is Lightroom Denoise good enough – Video.

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Conclusion

DxO PureRaw 4 may have the edge over Lightroom Denoise, but that doesn’t mean it is right for you. Regarding image quality, DxO PureRaw is better, but not by a mile, and Lightroom Denoise is very good.

However, image quality aside, DxO PureRaw has two advantages over Lightroom Denoise. First, DxO PureRaw offers more control over the denoising process, enabling you to fine-tune your way to optimal results. Second, DxO PureRaw’s batch process is faster and more capable than Lightroom Denoise’s.

All of this leads us to a relatively straightforward conclusion. If you are a Lightroom user with infrequent denoising needs, you’ll be pleased to save US$129 and stick with Lightroom Denoise. But, the more images you denoise, the more advantageous DxO PureRaw’s superior batch processing and better image quality will become.

If you’re unsure, you can try DxO PureRaw for 14 days free of charge. Alternatively, if you’re considering subscribing to Lightroom, stop by my Lightroom Review or download the free Lightroom trial.

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