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Fred Miranda wrote:
Image averaging will reduce considerable random noise and therefore improve SNR and color accuracy. (Less chroma noise)
Okay, thanks to Fred's and others' postings, I went ahead and downloaded the SR app the other day. I intend to test it out more soon. Today I tried it for the first time and just took a pic in my messy office at home and shot a high dynamic range scene and underexposed it a bit (1 stop on the exposure compensation dial) on purpose. I then developed it and pushed the exposure by two stops. See below for the results, but color me impressed with the lack of noise. I used only a 16 picture blend. Here is what I got:
Scene (shot with Loxia 50 at F8, if it matters):
Here is a 100% crop of the normal single frame shot:
Here it is with 16 shots processed by the SR app:
To me, it is a night and day kind of difference. The hard part will be figuring out when not to use the app and when to use it for landscapes. Windy conditions will argue against it, but calm conditions will argue in favor of its use, I would think. It is fascinating that the greatest benefit may come from a use quite apart from that for which it is intended. That is, the noise reduction in the shadows might be more useful day to day than the ND filter effect for which the app was designed and marketed.