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OM Workspace Vs Topaz Photo AI – Best Noise Reduction for M43

OM Workspace Compared

In this OM Workspace vs Topaz Photo AI comparison, we’re looking at both to see which offers the best noise reduction and image sharpening. And spoiler alert, it’s Topaz Photo AI.

Yet OM Workspace is free, while Topaz Photo AI isn’t even cheap. So, is it worth paying extra for Topaz Photo AI? Jump to Conclusion


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Table of Contents

What is OM Workspace

OM Workspace is OM Solution’s free photo editing and management tool and, as you might expect, is designed to work specifically with OM Solution and Olympus cameras.

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And while it isn’t pretty, it does have some handy features and is, genuinely, a free lunch. Therefore, you might as well give it a go. Visit the Olympus WorkSpace page.

But in this OM Workspace versus Topaz Photo AI comparison, we’re focusing on OM Workspace as an AI noise reduction and sharpening tool and how it compares with premium alternatives such as Topaz Photo AI.

OM Workspace Camera Compatability

First, OM Workspace’s AI noise reduction only works with newer Olympus and OM Systems cameras. These include,

  • E-M1X
  • E-M1 Mark III
  • E-M1 Mark II
  • E-M5 Mark III

I was unable to find any official news on OM-1 and OM-5 compatibility

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What is Topaz Photo AI

Topaz Photo AI is an AI-powered image enhancement application for PC and Mac and can upscale, sharpen, and denoise your photos. However, Topaz Photo AI is not a photo management and editing application, unlike OM Workspace.

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As a result, you should consider Topaz Photo AI a supplemental addition to your favorite photo editor. Read Topaz Photo AI Review for more information.

Also, unlike OM Workspace, Topaz Photo AI will work with files from any camera. Ironically, this means I can process my Olympus M5ii files in Topaz Photo AI but not in OM Workspace. Finally, Topaz Photo AI costs $199. That’s $199 more than OM Workspace.

OM Workspace vs Topaz Photo AI Tests

The photo below was taken with an Olympus E-M1 Mark II set to ISO 6400. We’ll run this photo through OM Workspace and Topaz Photo AI to find out which is best.

OM Workspace

Before
OM Workspace AI

Once upon a time, this would be a great result. After all, the image is cleaner but no less detailed. Yet, I was frustrated that OM Workstation made me choose between noise reduction and detail enhancement. It’s 2022; can’t we have both?

Topaz Photo AI

Before
Topaz Photo AI

As you can see, Topaz Photo AI’s noise reduction is genuinely transformative. Not only is the image entirely free of noise, but it’s also more detailed than the noisier original.

OM Workspace vs Topaz Photo AI Results Compared

OM Workspace
Topaz Photo AI

OM Workspace vs Topaz Photo AI Verdict

Topaz Photo AI’s noise reduction is vastly superior to that in OM Workspace. Nevertheless, OM Workspace’s AI noise reduction is reasonable when compared to traditional detail-sapping noise reduction and will legitimately clean up your noisy photos without removing detail.

But Topaz Photo AI is in a different class entirely. First of all, Topaz Photo AI can remove noise while enhancing detail well beyond the levels seen in the original image. And while OM Workspace does offer some detail enhancement, it’s not as good as Topaz Photo AI, nor can it be used concurrently with noise reduction.


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Conclusion

OM Workspace is free, and its AI-based noise reduction is superior to traditional noise reduction in that it can remove noise without removing detail. If your budget is precisely zero, you might as well give OM Workspace a go.

OM Workspace

In contrast, Topaz Photo AI is one of the more expensive solutions, but that’s because it’s one of the best. Not only can it remove noise with ease, but it can lift existing detail levels to new heights. Furthermore, Topaz Photo AI’s ability to correct and sharpen blurred images is stunning. And unlike OM Workspace, Topaz Photo AI will work with photos produced by almost any camera – not just a handful of Olympus models.

Topaz Photo AI

Overall, noise reduction in Topaz Photo AI is superior to OM Workspace by every measure except price. So, give Topaz Photo AI a go if you shoot your camera at higher noisier ISOs. I think you’ll like it a lot. Read Topaz Photo AI Review

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GET TOPAZ PHOTO AI

BUY TOPAZ PHOTO AI

Buy Topaz Photo AI for a one-off fee plus 1-year’s worth of updates.

$199

TOPAZ PHOTO AI TRIAL

Topaz Photo AI Free Download. No Credit Card is Required.

$0

Plus: Refund for any reason within 30 days


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