I downloaded the DeNoise AI trial to see how it compared with Dxo PhotoLab Prime noise removal, but also ended up checking it against the old DeNoise 6 plugin as well. As part of that I took some very high ISO photos with the express purpose of seeing how effect each app was in fixing the photo. What I found surprised me a bit.
In my tests it seemed that Denoise AI cleaned the noise a bit better, but also lost more image crispness than the plugin. For both photos I first did the DeNoise functionality and then ran the result through Sharpen AI to remove some of the resulting blur, and here is a comparison. You can see that the DeNoise app image seems to be a bit flatter than the Denoise plugin result. Perhaps that is because the plugin is now old and has been tweaked while the app is brand new and may need some further work.
I am a bit curious as to how others found the comparison.
The comparison with Dxo’s Prime NR was a bit more difficult to judge as they seem very comparable. Here is that comparison:
I had always considered Dxo’s Prime Noise Reduction to be the best in the business, but am not so sure now after seeing this comparison. I use Dxo’s PhotoLab primarily because of some of its functionality and Prime is one of those. With this comparison I may find I can move to another photo editor instead.
I am interested in what others feel as my comparison may not be in depth enough.