Until February 12th, 2023, DxO is offering a €30 / $30 discount coupon to anyone who downloads and tests the trial version of DxO PureRAW2. A detailed review of DxO PureRAW2 with sample images is already available on my website.
In my opinion, DxO’s DeepPrime denoising algorithm is currently the best denoising tool for high-ISO images. It is included in DxO PhotoLab version 4 and above, and also in DxO PureRAW.
The powerful RAW developer PhotoLab 6 in the Elite version, which supports DeepPRIME, is with a price of 219,-€ pretty expensive, especially if you, like me, already use another image editing software like Lightroom Classic.
It is then more affordable to purchase PureRAW2, which is limited to denoising and optical image correction only. PureRAW2 also offers a comfortable plugin for Adobe Lightroom.
I myself continue to edit and tag my images entirely in Lightroom, which I have been using since the first version that came out in 2007. However, if I notice that an image is too noisy after this processing, I now pass it to the DxO plugin. After processing, the plugin passes the new image file back to Lightroom as a .DNG RAW file, where all the previous steps of the Lightroom version are also applied to the DeepPRIME denoised version - without any additional noise reduction in Lightroom, of course.
The results of denoising with DeepPrime always amaze me. I have no more hesitation to use ISO values of 12,800 or above when necessary.
So I can only recommend everyone to try it once for themselves. The trial version of PureRAW2 can be tested for 30 days without any restrictions. If you decide to buy PureRAW2 after that, you will get it now for € 30,- cheaper with the discount coupon until February 12th, 2023.