This article illustrates the results of using Topaz Denoise AI with TG-5 photographs. All images were captured handheld at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory. Most were shot using the Microscopic Mode of the Olympus TG-5.
As you view the photographs in this article, it is instructive to review the EXIF data. You’ll find that many of these images were captured handheld at relatively high ISO values, given the size of the 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm) BSI sensor in the TG-5. Some as high as ISO-1600.
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The first three sample images we’ll view were taken with the regular zoom lens on the Olympus TG-5. Given that this camera is basically a semi-automatic point-and-shoot unit (albeit at the higher end), the quality from its tiny 12 MP BSI sensor is surprisingly good.
The TG-5 was my first experience using an Olympus product. I was quite surprised with the technology built into the TG-5… which intrigued me about the brand.
Just to give you an idea on the close focusing distance of the Olympus TG-5, a friend of mine took this image of me photographing an atlas moth.
Using the microscopic mode on the Olympus TG-5 is always a lot of fun.
It helps to be at a public facility like the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory where the butterflies and moths are used to being around people.
This provides opportunities to get in much closer to specific butterflies and capture macro images of live specimen.
As you review the various photographs in this article you’ll see what a good job Topaz Denoise AI does to eliminate noise, while still retaining image details. Using Denoise AI with TG-5 files is simple and effective.
I’ve added Topaz Denoise AI to the end of my standard post processing approach. Now all of my images get two noise reduction treatments.
The first is when I begin to process my RAW files using DxO PhotoLab 2 and its PRIME noise reduction. And, the second at the very end of my process with Topaz Denoise AI.
As I was working on these tiny sensor TG-5 images, especially the ones captured at ISO-1600, I was amazed with what a good job Topaz Denoise AI did with the final image clean-up.
Using Topaz Denoise AI with TG-5 images was a bit of a game changer for me. It really drove home the point that some of the old assumptions that we’ve made in the past about ISO limits with small sensor cameras are simply outdated.
I certainly would have no hesitation to shoot my Olympus TG-5 up to and including ISO-1600 on a regular basis. When I have some time I may see if I can push this further.
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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