With the current version Sharpen AI the Focus sharpening did not give usable results.
I would say the quality is worse than before and the automatic suggestions a way to high, if you use Focus Sharpening.
I tried v 1.3.0 on a landscape jpg file and a portrait RAW file and got good results on both without the artifacts shown. I think this result may only happen on certain types of scenes and I have run into it in the past.
Unfortunately I can’t send that particular photo, however I have raised support request #183747 using a different photo with the speckle effect and attached both a screen shot showing the speckle and also the original photo.
I agree it is probably not appropriate to use Focus mode on an in focus image, and in most instances there is no benefit in doing so, but strangely with some images that don’t appear blurred, Auto determines they should be processed with a relatively high setting for Remove Blur. The issue for me is why is it coming up with that high setting for those images?
To be honest, I rarely use Sharpen AI in other than its Stabilize mode, which I have found to be of considerable value.
As mentioned earlier in this thread, I had experienced the speckle effect in Focus mode that your bird is showing, but only on a very few images. With most images the results were good, but on these particular images, for some reason the Auto process had arrived at a relatively high setting for Remove Blur (typically 0.77). Suppress noise was typically lower than default, around 0.38
I did raise a support ticket, with a sample image. The response to that ticket was quote"Our auto settings aren’t necessarily intended to be the perfect level, but rather, a solid jumping off point for you. They are by default going to typically be more on the aggressive side. The status has since been marked solved.
Using the current version 1.3.1 on the same sample image, Auto still arrives at the same Remove Blur = 0.77, and Suppress noise at 0.38, and that still results in the speckle effect. By manually reducing the Remove Blur setting to the default 0.50, the speckle is gone, and the results are good.
So I have two questions
What were Focus’s Auto settings for your bird image?
What happens if you run the process at the default Remove Bur 0.50 setting?