Topaz AI Gigapixel – a further review

I have reviewed this software before but now feel it is time to retest the software with a much bigger challenge.

The Big Topaz AI Gigapixel Test

My sample photo is one of the dreaded ‘brick wall’ pictures – useful because the repetitive structure of the wall allows the edges and centre of the picture to be compared.

The sample photo was taken with the 24mp Canon EOS M50 using a high quality telephoto lens. The native picture is 6,000 by 4,000 pixels, which is good for a 20 inch print at 300 DPI.

I then resized the photo to 9,000 x 6,000 pixels, for a 30 inch print and 18,000 by 12,000 pixels for a huge 60 inch print – five feet wide!

As a comparison, I also resized it using Affinity Photo’s Lanczos3 resampling method to the same dimensions. My previous tests showed that Affinity Photo is one of the best image upscaling programs available – every bit as good as Photoshop.

Let’s compare the results:

Original Image

Here’s the original image – both a small version and 100% crops of the centre and edges. I’ve not sharpened it at all – it is as it came out of the camera.

The Original Image The Original Image
Edge of the Original Image Edge of the Original Image
Centre of the Original Image Centre of the Original Image

It’s a decently sharp image, both in the centre and the edge.

Now let’s have a look at the results of the upscaling. In the comparisons, the Affinity Photo image is on the Left and the Topaz AI Gigapixel Image is on the Right.

9,000 x 6,000 Pixel Image

Centre

Centre of the Image Upscaled to 150% Centre of the Image Upscaled to 150%

Edge

Edge of the Image Upscaled to 150% Edge of the Image Upscaled to 150%

18,000 x 12,000 Pixel Image

Centre

Centre of the Image Upscaled to 300% Centre of the Image Upscaled to 300%

Edge

Edge of the Image Upscaled to 300% Edge of the Image Upscaled to 300%

The Results – Part 1

Affinity Photo has done a good job with the upscaling. The 18,000 pixel version is well over a gigabyte in size, so it is a real test of the software and both have handled the file successfully.

But look at how much better Topaz AI Gigapixel has done! The clarity and sharpness of its results are just unbelievable. There is no question that a really excellent print could be made from its results – a FIVE FOOT wide print, no less.

The Results – Part 2

But how do the AI Gigapixel enlargements compare to the original image? The results may surprise you.

Original vs AI Gigapixel 150%
Original vs AI Gigapixel 150%
Original vs AI Gigapixel 300%
Original vs AI Gigapixel 300%

Notice that the enlarged image is sharper than the original! Even the 300% enlargement is! The more modest 150% enlargement is also better than the original! This has real implications – it means that any enlargement is better done in AI Gigapixel than any other tool. Previously, I had thought the difference for modest enlargements wasn’t enough to justify purchasing AI Gigapixel. Not any more! The latest version is so good that I will do all enlargements with it.

Conclusion

These results are better than when I previously tested AI Gigapixel. Topaz just keep on improving this software and it is now in the must have category. The enlargements are incredibly sharp already, and absolutely no image post processing has been done, so the final result will be even better…

Even if the enlargements are modest, AI Gigapixel outperforms the competition. It does take longer than the other tools but the results are so worth it!

Topaz AI Gigapixel retails at $99.00 and can be downloaded from Topaz Labs.

 

14 thoughts on “Topaz AI Gigapixel – a further review”

  1. For me, a more practical everyday use of AI Gigapixel is with low resolution images. The downsized jpg images received from family members who then want it printed. Genuine Fractals was the first of this type of software, but it had limitations in how well it worked with random patterns in nature. AI Gigapixel does amazing things even with ripples in water. Now I have a tool that really works!

    1. That’s a good point. I haven’t tested it on such images and it’s making wonder how it would do with scans of old photos…

      I feel another test coming on!

  2. I agree 100% with your review, Andy, I use it on already high-resolution images from a Nikon D810 and 850 and the results are fantastic, especially on images larger than 36 x24 inches. I was asked to do a 60 x40 inch print and was gobsmacked at the detail and sharpness.

    1. I recently upsized an old EOS 300D (a 6mp camera) to do a 60×40 print. I didn’t think anything could manage that but A.I. Gigapixel produced a perfectly acceptable upscale.

      It’s astonishingly good…

    2. I know – it seems crazy. I can push old EOS 300D images to 60 inches! It shouldn’t be possible. But it is!

      Their new sharpening/unblur/focus correction tool is also great. I’ll be reviewing it soon…

      1. Thanks for your reply Andy, I also have been very surprised with Topaz Ai Sharp, again amazing results with no artifacts or haloing.

  3. It seems to me that a valuable application that you don’t mention is cropping to extend the reach of your lens.

    For example, rather than carry a zoom, you could use one of two fast primes or use one of the fine fixed-lens compacts.

    I suspect that cropping a prime lens image and enlarging with Gigapixel would give excellent results compared to a zoom while lightening your load – fast zooms are heavy buggers to lug around…

    1. That’s a good observation. Thankfully it’s easy to test as I can compare my 85mm prime with my 70-300 mm zoom at various focal lengths and see what the result is.

      Expect a new post soon…

    1. As far as I can tell the metadata problem occurred with Topaz Sharpen AI but not with Gigapixel AI. I don’t know if they’ve fixed Sharpen AI yet – it’s a great sharpening and deblurring tool but I haven’t got around to really testing it yet.

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