Sharpness and Noise Reduction Test: DXO PhotoLab 4 vs Silkypix Developer Studio Pro 10 vs CANON DPP 4

BEFORE I START:

  1. Dear Non Canon Users, Objective remains same. WE ARE GOING TO FIND OUT IF your free bundled Raw converters are a similar or better solutions to the premium paid software? Specially for Image Sharpening and Noise Reduction?
  2. Fujifilm and Panasonic Users: Silkypix NATIVELY supports FUJI RAF and Panasonic RW2 files. So, NO 1 doesn’t apply to you.
  3. Fujifilm users: DXO PL 4 do not support FUJI RAF files. So, you can take this piece as SILKYPIX DEVELOPPER Studio Pro 10 review.
  4. You can also read this as a “kind of” DXO Photolab 4 review, FOR NOISE REDUCTION AND SHARPENING
  5. Photos are at Full resolution, So you will need fast internet connection. Be aware.

CAMERA AND LENSES

I have used Canon 70D with Sigma 18-35mm Lens and Canon 70-200mm F4 IS.
With Sigma, I have shot at 18mm and at 35mm ISO 100
With Canon L Lens, I have shot 3 photos at 200mm ISO 100, ISO 6400 and ISO 12800

All the photos were taken on a TRIPOD using a chart.

SOFTWARE SETUP

CANON DPP 4 Do not support 3rd party lenses. So ONLY for Sigma 18-35mm I have added Sharpness value 1. For Canon L 70-200mm, In Canon DPP, Sharpness value remained at ‘0’. BUT I took advantage to DPP’s DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer) and distortion correction.
Noise Reduction at Default for respective ISOs.
NO Color Corrections. Faithful Picture Profile
No Exposure Corrections
No WB Corrections

Canon DPP 4 vs Lightroom CC vs DXO Photolab 4
Canon DPP 4 settings

SILKYPIX DEVELOPPER STUDIO PRO 10 supports all the camera models. So, I have let the software decide using the default settings for respective ISO value and Lenses, for Sharpness and Noise reduction and Distortion correction. Noise Reduction was done in “Fine Details” Mode for all the Iso Values.
BUT, No color correction. Picture profile Remains as Faithful+Standard (SP own neutral profile)
No Exposure Correction
No WB corrections
No Output Sharpness is Used.

Silkypix Developer studio pro 10 vs DXO PHOTOLAB 4 vs Lightroom
Silkypix DS Pro Settings with one of the Images

DXO PHOTOLAB 4 I have done exactly the same settings as SP DS Pro 10. But this time, I have used the “LENS Sharpness” Option. Unsharp Mask sharpness remained off (same as I have done in Silkypix, because it is an output sharpness).
Also, For ISO 100 images, I only used HQ Noise Reduction ( Because for base ISO in a good light, you do not need NR). However, the real test was began For ISO 6400 and ISO 12800.
For those ISO values, I have exported each Images using DXO’s HQ , Prime and the new AI powered DEEP Prime Noise Reduction. Yippee!!

DXO Photolab 4 vs Lightroom cc vs Capture One pro
DXO PhotoLab 4

DRUM ROLLS! LET’S BEGIN!

SIGMA 18-35 MM AT 18MM ISO 100
CLICK EACH PHOTO FOR 100% VIEW

VERDICT:

SHARPNESS: Silkypix DS Pro is excellent. DXO PL 4 is not Far. CANON DPP without any lens correction was surprisingly clean. Thanks to the sharp Sigma Art lens.
NOISE: At Base ISO 100, all the software were clean
COLOR: Even though I did not touch any color corrections, each software rendered different colors
OTHER: Look at the bright reflection area on the left. Canon DPP shows a nice highlight control. You can achieve similar result in Silkypix and DXO PL with their highlight controls.

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SIGMA 18-35 MM AT 35MM ISO 100
(CLICK EACH PHOTO FOR 100% VIEW)

VERDICT:

Same as Before as expected
SHARPNESS: Silkypix DS Pro is excellent. DXO PL 4 is not Far. CANON DPP without any lens correction was surprisingly clean. Thanks to the sharp Sigma Art lens.
NOISE: At Base ISO 100, all the software were clean
COLOR: Even though I did not touch any color corrections, each software rendered different colors
OTHER: Look at the bright reflection area on the left. Canon DPP shows a nice highlight control. You can achieve similar result in Silkypix and DXO PL with their highlight controls

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CANON 70-200MM @ 200mm ISO 100
(CLICK EACH PHOTO FOR 100% VIEW)

VERDICT:

SHARPNESS: Silkypix Developer Studio Pro seems to the Sharpest, Canon DPP and DXO Photolab 4 is not far either. Close call
NOISE: Completely noise free as expected from all the software.
COLOR: Silkypix did not make any changes as I turned everything off. But Canon DPP and DXO rendered the images a little bit warmer

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CANON 70-200MM @ 200mm ISO 6400
(CLICK EACH PHOTO FOR FULL SCREEN VIEW)

VERDICT:

SHARPNESS: Canon DPP seems to show most details. DXO PL HQ is almost Identical to Canon DPP. In DXO Photolab Prime and Deep Prime mode is in 3rd place. Silkypix seems a little soft to my taste at DEFAULT mode.
NOISE: Canon DPP did an excellent job. It turned noise in to beautiful looking grains. Which is pleasing to my eyes. DXO Photolab 4 at HQ mode gave almost identical results as Canon DPP. About DXO Photolab’s PRIME and new Deep Prime mode did a good job removing the fine grains while keeping the details. New Deep Prime has a little bit details which is visible at 200% zoomed in.
Silkypix did a good job too. The default Noise reduction “Fine Details” applies too much noise reduction. Which made the image a little bit softer, which is visible at 100% zoom. I recommend to reduce noise reduction to achieve similar results as DXO and Canon DPP.
COLOR: Canon DPP and DXO Photolab rendered the photos a little warmer.

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CANON 70-200MM @ 200mm ISO 12800
(CLICK EACH PICTURE FOR 100% VIEW)

VERDICT:


SHARPNESS: Canon DPP seems to show most details. But It also shows a lot of grains. DXO PL HQ is almost Identical to Canon DPP. In DXO Photolab Prime and Deep Prime mode is in 3rd place. Silkypix seems a little soft to my taste at DEFAULT mode.
NOISE: Canon DPP did an excellent job. It turned noise in to beautiful looking grains. But at 12800 ISO, grains are very visible. So, as long as you have well focused and well exposed photograph, you should be perfectly fine. Which is pleasing to my eyes.
DXO Photolab 4 at HQ mode gave almost identical results as Canon DPP. About DXO Photolab’s PRIME and new Deep Prime mode did a good job removing the fine grains while keeping the details. New Deep Prime has a little bit details which is visible at 200% zoomed in.
Silkypix did a good job too. The default Noise reduction “Fine Details” applies too much noise reduction. Which made the image a little bit softer, which is visible at 100% zoom. I recommend to reduce noise reduction to achieve similar results as DXO and Canon DPP.
COLOR: Canon DPP and DXO Photolab rendered the photos a little warmer.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

  1. Canon DPP needs improvement in performances . So If you have a lot of photos to work with, then patience is the key. But Image quality is excellent.
  2. Silkypix produces high-quality JPEGS and TIFF files. I wish that in next update, it utilises graphics card to improve performance.
    Also, Silkypix Developer Studio is like Linux. What I mean by that, if you turn everything off as a default setting, then Silkypix will not make any changes at all. Where canon or DXO Photolab 4 do make changes even if you turn everything off.
  3. New DXO DEEP PRIME to me, almost identical to DXO Prime, as par my test. And they are both excellent. If you already have DXO Photolab 3, then Stick to it.
  4. Remember, they are all VERY capable software. So if you have one of them, you should be happy with final image quality with ANY of them.
  5. DXO Photolab do not support Fujifilm Raf files.
  6. DXO Photolab 4 will only make lens corrections to the JPEGS made from CANON DPP only. So, If you let say exported a jpeg from Silkypix without any lens correction using its library, then decided do the lens corrections in DXO with this JPEG, you can not. I tried many times.
  7. Silkypix natively support Fujifim and Panasonic. And it supports all the other camera models like Lightroom does.
  8. With Panasonic files, Silkypix is superior to the DXO Photolab.
  9. I will not make any test like this for a long time. My Head and Eyes hurt. Huh!!
Complete video

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TAGS:

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2 Replies to “Sharpness and Noise Reduction Test: DXO PhotoLab 4 vs Silkypix Developer Studio Pro 10 vs CANON DPP 4”

  1. Thank you for taking time watching the test. And pointing out your thoughts on it.
    I pinned it for other readers.
    Now, please allow me response one at a time in chronological order.
    Interestingly, I have written the most of what you said in the written version of the video and here. Some of them I ever cut out of the video in fear of making the video way too long than it already.

    At least, viewers can judge for themselves. Like you did. Thank you.

    So, about your white Balance difference. I think I mentioned it in one point of the video. I also said almost at the end of the video that, may be I have been looking at the screen for too long and I should take a break. So, I asked the viewers for their opinions. As you did.
    What I found interesting that, DXO and DPP made a change in WB value even though I didn’t touch anything. And I actually wanted to touch the WB sliders of DPP and DXO to match the DS (Cooler). But I didn’t. Idea was to see the default results. They were not good or bad. They were different.
    At 5500 WB , GoPro 7 will not be same as Canon 70D.
    Also we established that, at 5500 WB, different Softwares WILL render different colors. Even if the raw file came from same camera. Just like the good old Film Developer. Different ‘Human’ Developer will render different results, form the same Film. I learned that when I was 11 from my father. He was fussy 🤣.

    Is it good or bad? Nothing is good or bad. Just different. It’s the Artist who will make the judgement call.
    Same opinion goes for contrast.

    The idea of using default was to see, which Software will provide the most ideal “Base” results. Because, I am sure that pro or ametuer, almost everyone WILL move at least one sliders no matter what. No one will leave the photo at their default settings (or do they? Huh, I think this opinion is biased, based on what I would do, so, I can be wrong).

    In DS, I changed the Noise Reduction to Fine Details Mode. Because that’s the new addition of DS. And for some reason, they kept the older ‘Standard’ mode even though it’s not necessary. Same they did with all the HDR modes. I don’t understand their logic on that part.

    Thank you for your input on Deep Prime about the Default, so, I pinned it for the viewers, so that they can See this. And as for the test chart, I admit that I am not an AI expert nor a Software engineer. I am a photographer and videographer. So, I tried my best to make it look as scientific as possible.

    Not being able to use Prime or Deep Prime in Tiff or on JPEG, was a deal breaker for me. I was hoping to buy the DXO elite and edit JPEG or TIFF exported from Canon DPP. So that I could use the Canon Color, and use DXO prime or Deep Prime to do the Noise Reduction. Sigh!
    Also, that was another reason why I had to Export each file from each Software in order to make this test. But let me admit, my first reason was to not let my laptop explode.

    In my other article, EDIT LIKE SILKYPIX: A Silkypix Developer Studio Pro 10 Review. https://lestreasurehunters.com/2020/10/04/silkypix-developer-studio-pro-10-review/
    ,
    I also said that, it was heartbreaking for me to to be able to use DXO PL, because it’s doesn’t support Fuji RAF (I have almost 16000 raw files that I need to go back more often).
    Because, it is a great piece of Software. And I wish nothing more than supporting a home grown (France, my 2nd home) Software.

    Also, in my another article
    https://lestreasurehunters.com/2020/11/17/sharpness-and-noise-reduction-test-dxo-photolab-4-vs-silkypix-developer-studio-pro-10-vs-canon-dpp-4/
    I mentioned, Silkypix Developer natively support Panasonic Lumix too.
    As a matter of fact, I did a test on a Lumix raw file on DXO and DS. In DXO PL, the Vignette was visible. But that’s a minor issue and easily can be fixed with an update. But it’s there.

    Also, DXO Photolab 4 will only make lens corrections to the JPEGS made from CANON DPP only. So, If you let say exported a jpeg from Silkypix (or RawTheraape for example) without any lens correction using its library, then decided do the lens corrections in DXO with this JPEG, you can not. I tried many times.

    To be honest, all the Softwares are great today. Just like all the cameras are excellent today. I love SP color . But I wish they improve performance a little bit. Personally, I am not in favor of using multiple Softwares.
    I have one Software for videography (DaVinci Resolve Studio) and 2 softwares for Photography (Silkypix and Affinity Photo) , one Software for vector (Affinity designers) and One for Audio (Fairlight Audio built in Resolve)
    This simplicity helps me to be productive.

    The day, DXO decides to Natively support Fujifilm, I will happily abandon Silkypix Developer and make my move. I am looking forward to this.

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