Noise suppression with DxO Optics Pro

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Regardless of the camera you use for your photography, however large the sensor is, there comes a point where noise is disturbingly present. And according to Murphy's law, that will of course be in that one shot for which you really wanted to print an enlargement. Time to explore noise suppression? Noise suppression in Lightroom, Camera RAW or Photoshop works reasonably well, but it's not the absolute best. That's why Photoshop plug-ins from Topaz ("Make 1600 ISO look like 100 ISO with Topaz DeNoise noise reduction software"), Neat Image ("best noise reduction for digital cameras and scanners") and Noise Ninja from Picturecode are so popular among photographers who want to get all they can out of their shots. DxO Optics is a photo editing program that recently (with the appearance of version 9), in addition to standard noise suppression, has an extra, high-quality noise suppression (PRIME). DXO
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DxO Optics Pro 9: We want more!

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DxO Optics Pro is a RAW converter includes photo management and a print module, and which has been on the market for a couple of years. It is a competitor of Lightroom, available for Windows and Mac for 200 (for amateur cameras) up to 300 euros (for semi-professional cameras). It is renowned for its exceptionally good lens/camera correction profiles. No other program can match it on that. With Optics Pro version 9.5, DxO has made a spectacular move: DxO Optics Pro can now also be used as a plug-in for Lightroom. Why would you create a plug-in for your competition? DXO
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Sigma Photo Pro 5: free RAW conversion with extra's

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The Sigma SD1 Merrill and the Sigma DP1, 2 and 3 cameras have a Foveon sensor, which gives an exceptionally natural and surprisingly beautiful image. This is due to the special Foveon sensor, which differs from CMOS sensors in terms of design. The individual pixels of a CMOS sensor register only one color: red, green or blue. In order to display all colors, the CMOS pixels copy the missing colors from their neighbors. Furthermore, most cameras with CMOS sensor apply a moiré / low admittance filter, which blurs the light falling on the sensor. At a later stage, the sharpness of the CMOS RAW file is restored by the camera. However, with a Foveon sensor, every pixel captures red, green and blue. So, you do not need a moiré filter and software enhanced sharpening of the RAW file with a Foveon sensor. Hence the exceptional image reproduction. The different design of the Foveon sensor also means that you cannot open the RAW files of Sigma cameras in Lightroom or Photoshop for example. This is where Sigma Photo Pro comes in. SigmaPhotoProSoftware
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