I’m considering upgrading to version 3. But my main use (and perhaps the only thing I use) is Noise Reduction feature. So I would like to know if there is any improvement about this feature? It is my major consideration for upgrade.
The possibly best way to a decision is to install the trial and see what it does for you…
My personal favorites are the new HSL tool, the local adjustment layer tool and that DPL 3 is quicker in many ways. Looking at some output images processed with Prime NR, I don’t see any difference though.
I find it interesting that many people seem to purchase the Elite version and only use it for PRIME NR.
…indeed, there is more to Elite than Prime, which I almost never use. I’m not allergic to noise (coming from silver halide). In the cases where I use Prime, I usually add some grain to get off that overly clean (and often oversaturated, but that’s an other story) “digital” look…
I use PRIME often because I take a lot of low light high ISO images and it is extremely useful for that, especially if I am recovering deep shadow detail which can be very noisy. I tend to use it at around half the default level most of the time but will bump it up when the image calls for it. Like you, I will occasionally also add grain from FilmPack. With regard to FilmPack, its a shame that more people don’t use it. A lot of folks seem to think it all about film emulations, but its a whole lot more than that.
I’m not in anyway professional photographer. I mainly took photo on my phone, only sometimes I use my DSLR which is very noisy. And I found to date no software gave me the NR feature like DXO prime. Also I manage all my photos in my Apple Photos app so I don’t need any workflow feature. Only did some retouch for about 50 photos at an event. For this DXO is more than enough for my need.