« on: September 12, 2014, 10:49:21 AM »
News flash from Adorama - Nikon releases their very first full frame dSLR!!
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Thanks to PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) denoising technology, which analyzes the structure of RAW images in depth in order to differentiate between noise and fine details, DxO Optics Pro 9 offers a gain in image quality of up to one full stop over the best noise reduction algorithms currently on the market.I can say from personal experience that this new NR algorithm does an excellent job of preserving detail while removing noise, particularly with very high ISO settings (ISO 6400 and up). The trade off is time - they state that 'several minutes may be required' and they aren't kidding - processing a batch of images with PRIME will max out all of your processor cores for quite a while, although the coding is effective at keeping it in the background, so I don't find my MacBook Pro bogging down while the batch processing is proceeding.
"In contrast to the usual approach of finding a better compromise between image quality and execution speed, we have created a tool whose sole purpose is to obtain the best image quality possible, "explained Frédéric Guichard, Chief Scientific Officer of DxO Labs. "For each pixel, more than a thousand neighboring pixels are analyzed. This vast exploration allows DxO Optics Pro to identify similar data that can serve to reconstruct image information. Several minutes may be required to do this, but this process takes place in the background, so users can work on other images and projects while they wait for the results."
PRIME technology results in truly spectacular images: noise is suppressed, and textures, details, and color saturation are preserved, particularly in shadows, for a beautifully natural look.