Topaz DeNoise 5 is powered by a leap forward in noise reduction technology – IntelliNoise™ – which was developed in-house by Topaz Labs after years of research into image processing. The goal of the project was to discover a noise reduction solution that was actually capable of recovering detail as well as removing noise. The effort was spearheaded by a Ph.D in Computer Vision with twenty years of experience in the field, and the culmination of that effort means that the IntelliNoise™ technology exclusively powers Topaz DeNoise 5.

The big benefit of IntelliNoise technology is that it allows higher levels of noise reduction than existing methods while still keeping the photo looking natural. The idea is to make your ISO1600 photos look exactly like you shot it in ISO100 on a tripod. Compare the DeNoised ISO1600 and ISO100 below, and roll over for the original ISO1600 photo.

The DeNoised ISO1600 photo has the exact same amount of noise as the ISO100 photo, yet looks natural and unprocessed. Note the preserved detail and sharp lines with none of the telltale signs of blurriness or blotchiness. It’s as if you shot the photo at 100 ISO to begin with, just without any of its disadvantages like a longer shutter speed or smaller depth of field! This is not currently possible with any other technology.

This post was originally posted on March 17, 2011
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