In my experience they're all much the same in effectiveness but vary a lot in how easy they are to use and get the best out of, especially if you're trying to lose noise but retain details. Easiest is Noiseware. Neat Image I would rate as very very slightly more effective with a good profile...
I've heard good things about Noise Ninja but have never tried it out. IMO it's not worth my time to try out competing S/W because Neat Image does what I want very nicely..
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Me too... I've tried noise ninja, noiseware, and neat image. IMO, noise ninja has the most simple workflow, but unfortunately also the one offering the most simple noise reduction system, which is too uncomprehensive to deal with more complicated user demand. I've found noiseware and neat image to be well suited for such demands. Noiseware has more controls for noise reduction for specific color or tone, but overall I slightly prefer the workflow of neat image..
However, I recommend both NW and NI. I think it's like what most people say about nikon and canon: "you can't go wrong with either". The rest is about your own preference...
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I was just wondering what some of you consider to be the best noisereduction software out there.Freeware and Regular..
As everyone has said, there are 3 good choices: NI, NN, and NW. All have free trial versions. NW has a free "regular" version. Get them. Try them. They will all remove noise well.
I chose NW after using the "trials" for a year. It has the best interface, IMO. It's also faster..
But like cameras, each of us is different and you need to make your OWN decision!.
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I have Noise Ninja and I like it: especially the simple brush feature that allows you to fade out the noise reduction in highly detailed areas where you don't want it, so it's very easy to apply more NR to backgrounds and less to faces, for example..
I haven't used the other two (NoiseWare and NeatImage). Posters above who have tried them say that they prefer one of the other two programs to NN. In which case, since Noise Ninja is easy to use and works well, they are all good and you can't go wrong..
NIK has the best photoshop plug in I have foundand I have used a lot of them. It gives you several options so you can tailor the reduction to individual areas,color ranges or just let it do it's automatic thing. I think the current price is around $80-$90 and well worth it..
I regularly use 3 different ones, they are all very good in diferent types of photos..
Picture Cooler is the simplest and with many subject is brilliant. But with others it can leave artifacts (Free version is good and still available.).
Noisware & Neat Image..
At times Noisware will outperform Neat Image, but at other times Neat image has the edge.These both have free versions too..
Which 'wins' really does depend on the image subject..
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Looks like you have a Nikon DSLR. I use Capture NX and nothing else. It has the same functionality for NR as the Nik plug in mentioned above..
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I use Noise Ninja, and am pleased with the results!..
On the open source (free) side of things, gimp and it's many plugins will work very well. do a search on the internet of 'gimp noise reduction' and you'll find a lot of stuff about it...