So, there have been several threads about how good or bad AI Clear is, but most of those are based on a single noisy image with no point of comparison. I decided that I could do a series of images with different subjects to see how well it does.
Since the idea was born just now we will start with a boring indoor image (that’s potentially not perfectly in focus - but then that’s one of the things AIC does as well).
To make this “objective” I have decided to compare the Output of AI Clear against the camera itself - by stacking images to eliminate noise. That way we are getting a much cleaner image without introducing artifacts:
At this point in time Auto and Low basically fail the test right away. Without pixel peeping Medium seems quite good and High even better if we don’t look at the edges:
It seems like this has been introduced in the latest version - the more aggressive noise reduction also introduces some quite obvious artifacts. Additional noise, strangely enough, green/pink pixels on sharpened detail and faint auras. Also, if you look at the top of the “High” image it has introduced darker horizontal lines above the monitor and a big dark square inside the monitor.
I will do additional tests with different subject matter and lighting conditions, but so far it seems like this newer, faster version is doing worse than the initial one.