Looks like a new DPP version 18.104.22.168 has been released, at least in Canada. In the Canon Rumors forum a user posted a message with the link to the new version of DPP on the Canadian website. Decided to test the same images I tested before to see if the bug in DPP when processing raw images from the Canon 5D Mark III is still there.
In a previous post (Canon 5D Mark III – Is there a bug in DPP 22.214.171.124?) I showed two versions of the same image that was converted to jpeg. One version was with the Preferences set to High Quality and the other version with it set to High Speed. You can clearly see that the High Quality version is soft compared to the High Speed version.
Here is the same images processed with the new version 126.96.36.199 DPP:
High Speed is on the left, High Quality on the right. DPP version 188.8.131.52 on top and DPP version 184.108.40.206 on the bottom. You can clearly see that the new version of DPP has fixed some of the softness issue when the preferences is set to High Quality. But what you also will notice is that it looks like now the new High Speed isn’t as sharp as the old High Speed version.
First, let’s do the difference test again. It’s taking the High Speed and High Quality version, layering them, and setting the top layer to difference.
When you layer the High Speed over the High Quality and set the top layer to difference you can see that there is still a very slight difference. But nothing like there was before. The difference now is probably from the noise reduction being performed on the High Quality layer. I’ve read online where setting the preferences to High Speed turned off the noise reduction in DPP.
Now, let’s take the old version when converted in High Speed and layer that with the new version converted in High Speed:
Looks like Canon’s fix also caused the images converted when set to High Speed to be softer than the older versions. Here’s FDR’s head from the other post showing the difference between High Speed converted by the old version and the new version:
The difference isn’t as apparent as with the sign from the popcorn machine. From what I’ve seen looking at the images it appears that it’s in areas of high contrast (the white background of the sign and the dark letters). Looks like Canon might have released this version a little too soon too!
Here’s the difference between the old and new version of DPP when set to High Quailty:
Flipping between the two layers you can see a difference between them. The new version of DPP is sharper then the older version. But, the question is, is it as sharp as it could be since the new version of DPP makes High Speed softer?
UPDATE: Converted another image over. Below are the two JPEG files and then the difference comparison of them:
The raw file for this image can be download from a previous post (Canon 5D Mark III Raw Sample Images). The raw file used was the one shot at ISO 100.
If you’ve done similar test please leave a comment with a link to your website, would love to see them.