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Lightroom Denoise Review – It’s good, but is it enough?

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Only recently, if you wanted decent noise reduction in Lightroom, you needed to buy a separate noise reduction plugin such as ON1 NoNoise AI, DxO PureRaw, or Topaz Denoise AI. But not anymore.

Lightroom, already one of the best photo editing software applications, now has its own AI-powered noise reduction built-in. Furthermore, it’s excellent and competitive with the best noise reduction software applications you can buy today. Jump to Conclusion.


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What is Lightroom Denoise?

Lightroom has relied on traditional noise reduction for too long, which sweeps away noise and detail in equal measure. Now, we have Lightroom Denoise, which can clear away noise while enhancing detail.

If you’ve yet to try AI noise reduction, you’re in for a treat. The difference between traditional noise reduction and Lightroom Denoise is truly night and day. Best of all, Lightroom Denoise is part of the Lightroom subscription and thus is notionally free.

How to use Lightroom Denoise Tutorial

Using Lightroom Denoiseg AI is very straightforward. Begin, as usual, by Opening your image in edit mode. Then scroll down to the Detail tab and click on the Denoise button.

Now, you can choose between traditional noise reduction and AI-powered photo denoising.

After that, the Denoise settings will pop up, allowing you to adjust the strength of the AI noise reduction. When you’re happy with the result – click Enhance.

Lightroom AI noise reduction is straightforward to use. Dial the amount and click Enhance to create a denoised copy of your image.

When you use AI noise reduction in Lightroom, a denoised copy of your photo is created, thus leaving your original image intact. Then, you can edit the denoised copy of your image as you would with any other.

Lightroom Denoise Test

Once again, I reach for my familiar noise-ridden test photo to see how good Lightroom Denoise is.

As you can see, Lightroom Denoise is the real deal. Not only has Lightroom Denoise stripped away the noise, but it has enhanced the image beyond the quality of the noisy original. Bravo Adobe.

Lightroom Denoise Compared

Having determined that Lightroom Denoise is impressive, let’s find out how it compares against the best noise reduction software applications.

Lightroom Denoise vs Topaz Denoise AI

If you can see past Lightroom Denoise’s image sharpening, you’ll see that Topaz Denoise AI produces a cleaner image. Furthermore, Topaz Denoise offers multiple AI denoising models and greater control over the result.

For these reasons, Topaz Denoise AI can outperform Lightroom Denoise as long as you’re willing to spend time tweaking the result.

Nevertheless, Lightroom Denoise is good enough to suggest that Topaz Denoise AI, a US$79 application, offers diminished returns. Read Topaz Denoise AI review.

Lightroom Denoise vs ON1 NoNoise AI

ON1 NoNoise AI produces an image slightly more appealing to my eye. Furthermore, ON1 NoNoise AI is the fastest AI-powered photo-denoiser I have tested, includes an AI-sharpening tool in TacSharp AI, and offers greater adjustment and control over the denoising process.

Yet, ergonomics and speed aside, Lightroom Denoise is close enough in terms of output. Read ON1 NoNoise AI 2023 Review.

Lightroom Denoise vs DxO PureRaw 3

DxO PureRaw 3 uses optical modules that profile the characteristics and flaws of specific camera-lens combinations to produce highly targeted optical corrections, color enhancement, and, of course, noise reduction.

This has two benefits. First, DxO PureRaw’s raw conversion produces beautiful images that transcend noise reduction alone. Second, PureRaw 3’s precision means its almost entirely automated denoising and enhancement process reliably produces excellent results.

Unfortunately, DxO PureRaw 3 is quite expensive and cannot denoise JPEGs. Furthermore, for casual use, Lightroom Denoise might be enough for your needs. However, DxO PureRaw 3 is the best noise-reduction software for denoising large batches of images. Read DxO PureRaw 3 Review

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Measured in isolation, Lightroom Denoise is a vast improvement over Lightroom’s still-present traditional noise reduction tools.

But, compared to the best noise reduction software, Lightroom Denoise is merely very good. Specifically, it’s so good that you’re unlikely to find the marginal gains offered by rival products worth the extra cost should you already be a card-carrying Lightroom subscriber with infrequent denoising needs.

However, Lightroom Denoise does fall short in ways other than image quality. First, Lightroom Denoise is relatively slow to process an image, which could prove frustrating if you need to denoise large batches of photos. Secondly, Lightroom Denoise does not offer much in the way of adjustments, meaning you have to accept the result it gives you.

Yet none of these limitations hit hard when it comes to occasional use. But, if you’re not a Lightroom subscriber or a Lightroom subscriber who denoising images regularly, the speed, ergonomics, and image quality gains provided by the likes of DxO PureRaw 3, ON1 NoNoise AI, and Topaz Denoise AI become more compelling.

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Richard Adams

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