RAW - ACR vs. Studio 2

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by ronyzmbow, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. ronyzmbow

    ronyzmbow Mu-43 Rookie

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    Dec 12, 2011
    I have started to work and try RAW with my new Olympus E-PL1.
    There is a BIG difference in appearance and quality of processed images being done with PS5 ACR and Olympus Studio 2. See samples cropped 100 percent.
    The images from PS5 ACR (and Lightroom) are much more grainy and "dirty" than the images from the Studio 2.
    Any idea why?
    What is your experience?
    How the problem with ACR can be solved?
     

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  2. As a guess, proprietary RAW convertors like Studio 2 often incorporate noise reduction automatically as part of the RAW conversion, whereas ACR leaves the noise as is and lets you decide how much noise reduction you require. Studio 2 may also be reading your in-camera jpeg settings and applying the same settings to your RAW files by default.