Lightroom 3 noise reduction
One of the new features of Lightroom 3 I was eager to try out was the noise reduction. This was said to be improved in Lightroom 3 and a top feature that I was looking for improvement so couldn’t wait to see if was really better. Overall it does look like Adobe definitely improved the noise reduction feature, it reduces the noise but also doesn’t fully degrade the image sharpness and quality like Lightroom 2 did. Here are a few examples both shot at ISO 3200 and adjusted with the same settings for Noise Reduction (set to a medium amount of noise reduction for the first shot and maximum for the 2nd shot). If you have used the noise reduction in Lightroom 3 and love it or hate it let us know in the comments below.
Here is the first shot straight out of the camera. Shot with a 5d @3200:
Then a cropped view processed in Lightroom 2 (only adjustments made for Noise Reduction)
And the Lightroom 3 version
This shot was with a 7d at ISO 3200 and processed with the noise reduction sliders set to 100. Here is the original image:
Processed in Lightroom 2
Processed in Lightroom 3
and also a few views really cropped in to see the differences. The first image from Lightroom 2 and second is Lightroom 3
From the tight detail shot you can really see the edges still retain some sharpness in Lightroom 3 while doing a pretty good job with the noise.
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