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Topaz DeNoise AI Review (version 3.7), my exclusive promo code & just how good is it?

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Welcome to my Topaz DeNoise AI Review Version 3.7

Like nearly every photographer out there we have all heard of someone raving about DeNoise AI so I thought it was about time we put DeNoise to the test, I say we here as I am going to show you the exact results from Topaz DeNoise and both you and I can both be the judges for this Topaz DeNoise AI Review and not just me.
 
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DeNoise AI Price.

Topaz DeNoise is normally around $79.99 per year or for a years subscription and after that you won’t get any updates unless you continue the subscription.

Before you buy any Noise reduction software check out ON1 NoNoise AI 2023 in the video below I compare it directly with Topaz DeNoise AI and the results gave a very clear winner.

I have a video review below also of Topaz DeNoise AI vs Topaz Photo AI where I look at two photographs in bith applications to see which one is really better.

My Topaz DeNoise Conclusion…

For those of you that don’t want to read the full review or watch the video below…

  • Topaz DeNoise AI is without doubt a good bit of photography noise reduction software but I am now no longer using it personally in my own workflow as I switched to ON1 NoNoise AI back in May 2022 and have been incredibly happy with it.  With Luminar Neo Noiseless AI out now too the noise reduction software market has been turned on it’s head. As you can clearly see in the video below ON1 NoNoise AI 2023 works a lot better on that shot taken at a staggering ISO 25,600 than DeNoise AI, it’s cheaper and I also have a 20% off discount code for it. You can find out more in my ON1 NoNoise AI 2023 review here.

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Topaz DeNoise AI review and who actually needs it?

I am not one of those photographers that would use DeNoise AI regularly. I normally don’t shoot with high ISO’s and my exposures are usually pretty spot on so I normally wouldn’t have that much noise in my images.

I will say though that when I need DeNoise AI I really need it and it works well. So, if you are like me, you probably aren’t bursting to buy it. Now again I will stress… when I need to use noise reduction software I really do need to use it.

So who is Topaz DeNoise AI software for?

Well, DeNoise AI is very popular with wildlife photographers, astro photographers, macro photographers, wedding photographers and sports photographers. All these photographers have one thing in common they often need to boost their ISO to get the shot they want. Shooting in low light levels means you need higher ISO’s which in turn gives you more noise. Astro, wildlife and wedding photography being the genres that suffer most here.

You might also need DeNoise if you are trying to photograph fast moving subjects in lower light levels, which means very fast shutter speeds and boosting your ISO yet again to give you those faster shutter speeds especially when coupled with longer focal length lenses.

The end result is more noise, which means it’s time to test Topaz Labs results in my Topaz DeNoise AI review.

Now that’s not to say landscape photographers and other genres of photography don’t use DeNoise as they do but just not as frequently. In honesty I think every photographer could use DeNoise AI or NoNoise AI from time to time.

You can see my Topaz DeNoise AI review on YouTube below if you would like to see the software in action. 

Topaz DeNoise AI Review

The best way to test any product like this is to just take a few photographs and then look at the end results. So I am gonna go grab my camera and shoot a few photographs at ISO 12,800 now and post the results below.

So this image was shot on the Nikon Z7ii at ISO 12,800 F8 1/100th SS handheld. Before popping it into DeNoise AI I popped up the exposure by +0.4 and the shadows by +25 just to give it a slightly more realistic feel to the shot as lets face it you will nearly always need to boost your shadows and that’s going to increase the noise in your image yet again, so we are working with a worse case scenario.

I picked a camera for a number of different reason firstly the different textures, the colours and the details also.

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After opening the image in DeNoise AI the software automatically calculates not only the best algorithm for the image to reduce the noise but it also automatically applies the right amount of “Remove Noise” and “Enhance Sharpness” tweaking to your photograph. Giving an near instantly improved image. Ok, instantly might be a bit of a stretch but it happens in about a few seconds once you zoom in.

The trick to Denoise is to zoom into the trouble spots and  got to 80% or 100% magnification as the area to be edited for previewing will be a lot smaller it edits it faster then, small size file to edit. So I always start at about 100% get the effect I want and then zoom out a bit or simply “Apply” the DeNoise AI edit to the shot.

Now obviously it’s going to be hard to see any massive difference in the two images above so I have a cropped version below which zooms into 100% on the camera controls where we not only have different textures for DeNoise AI to struggle with on the grip, the buttons and the metal cage but also different colours.

I honestly wasn’t expecting it to work this well and I have to say that is incredibly impressive. AI editing and photography software in general are making life so very much easier these days and helping us capture images that would have previously been incredibly difficult to get.

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Now that’s a big difference but the one thing I would say is here is I think the edited file is fairly soft and yes I know I am sounding like a broken record here but ON1 NoNoise AI 2023 doesn’t have that issue and even if it is a bit soft you have Tack Sharp AI built in also.

BTW if you are looking at buying any of the Topaz Labs AI editing software like DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI or Gigapixel AI then I highly recommend you go for the Image Quality bundle as it includes all three of these amazing bits of editing software for a great price. Click here to read more about the Image Quality Bundle. 

From my experiences Topaz Photo AI just doesn’t work as well as their stand alone apps and it also has fewer controls. Crazily you can buy ON1 Photo Raw 2023 (review here) which is a full and detailed editing app and it also includes NoNoise AI, Tack Sharp AI, Resize AI, Portrait AI and all the usual editing controls for cheaper than the Photo AI or the Image Quality Bundle. 

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The above shots are zoomed in at 100% with the top image being the original file and the second image being the edited file which was edited in DeNoise AI first and then sharpened it in Sharpen AI to give the image back a bit of sharpness. Is it perfect no it’s not but it is incredibly close to it.

Looking at the end results at 50% magnification you would be struggling to find anything wrong with the shot. Now again let me just say this was ISO 12,800 and I boosted the shadows and exposure before I processed the the Image in DeNoise AI.

 

Operating System Requirements For Topaz DeNoise AI

Internet Access
All current Topaz Labs apps require an internet connection for user authentication and/or AI model downloading & updates.

Windows 7*, 8*, 10, 11 (64 bit only)
Windows 7 and 8 are not supported but may function for some users
Mac 10.13 High Sierra and above
DeNoise AI v3.4 and higher requires macOS 10.14 or higher.
Sharpen AI v4.0 and higher requires macOS 10.14 or higher.

Big Sur and Monterey 
DeNoise AI is currently compatible with and supported on Big Sur and Monterey. This app is not yet M1 native, but will automatically run through your Rosetta 2 emulator if you are using an M1 device.


Apple Silicon/M1
M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max chips have been tested with Sharpen AI.

The DeNoise AI plugin is M1 native and will work natively with Photoshop 22.3 and above, which are M1 native Photoshop versions. Our other plugins will not show up on Photoshop 22.3 or higher unless you run Photoshop through Rosetta 2.
To manually force Photoshop to run through Rosetta 2, right-click your Photoshop application icon, select the Get Info menu option, and look for the “Run with Rosetta 2” checkbox in the Get Info panel. If you use the suite of Topaz applications as Photoshop plugins, you will have the smoothest plugin experience on an M1 device by keeping Photoshop running through Rosetta 2 for the time being regardless of which version of Photoshop you are using.

Tablets & iPads
Our photo applications do not currently run on iOS or Android devices. A laptop or desktop computer is required.

Linux
We currently do not support Linux-based operating systems.

*Windows 7 and Windows 8
As of Jan 14, 2020, we no longer support Windows 7 and 8 for our application updates. While we cannot support a manufacturer’s unsupported operating system, our photo applications may still function on Windows 7 devices provided other hardware is compatible. Please note that we cannot guarantee a Windows 7 operating system that works with one version of our applications will continue to work with future versions of our applications.


Hardware Minimum Requirements for DeNoise AI

Processor (CPU) Intel i3 or AMD Ryzen 3 equivalent or above (3.0 GHz and above)
AVX Instructions required. 
 
System Memory (RAM) 8GB (16GB and higher is recommended for improved performance)  
Graphics Card (GPU) OpenGL 3.3 or higher required.
Nvidia GTX 740 or AMD Radeon 5870 (higher series graphics cards recommended)
 
Dedicated Graphics Memory (VRAM) 2 GB (6GB or more for optimum performance)  
Display (Monitor) At least 1024×768  

Special Hardware Considerations For Image Apps
The specifications listed above are minimum requirements to operate the software. More robust hardware will improve overall performance and processing speed. Your computer’s ability to process an image may be affected by the size of the file itself, and a large enough file can exceed the resources of a minimally equipped computer and cause errant behavior.

Some computers without a dedicated graphics card may function but errant behavior should be expected. A sufficient dedicated graphics card with OpenGL 3.3 and at least 2 GB of VRAM is our minimum requirement to support the software on your device. We do not support Intel HD Graphics 4600 integrated graphics cards or lower in any configuration.

Graphics Drivers
Outdated graphics drivers may result in faulty performance. Drivers should be kept current through the GPU manufacturer’s website or provided software. Windows driver updates are rarely current and newer drivers may be available even when Windows says you are up to date. Our programs use the newest optimizations from both Nvidia and AMD whenever possible.

You can find more Topaz Labs reviews and my Topaz Labs Promo code here.

Topaz Labs congratulations on an good bit of software and I think an awful lot of the Wildlife, Astro, Wedding and sports photographers out there will be thanking you for years to come.

I have a few more photography editing software reviews below if you are interested in reading more about them…

Luminar  I have reviews of the Skylum range of photography editing software also (click on the name for the review)Luminar AI   and Luminar Neo.  
 
 
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If you want to learn more about Photography in a nice relaxed enjoinment then why not then why not attend one of my photography workshops.

See you out there,

Kieran.

Topaz Labs DeNoise AI Review by Landscape Photography Ireland reviewed by Kieran Hayes.