Topaz Photo AI review

Topaz Photo AI uses artificial intelligence to remove noise, fix blur, enhance faces and upscale photos. But does it work?

Topaz Photo AI review
(Image: © Rod Lawton)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Topaz Photo AI can produce remarkable results, but it depends on your starting point and the severity of the problem you’re trying to fix. It flattens noise like a roadroller, it can magically correct blur of a certain sort and it can often make blurry faces uncannily sharp. But it’s slow to use and fixes problems more likely to affect beginners than pros, while coming in at a decidedly professional price point.


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    Noise is obliterated

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    Sharpening can be spectacular

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    Blurry faces magically enhanced


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    Noise reduction not great with detail

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    Some blur is made worse

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    Very expensive

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    No trial, only ‘money back’

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With Topaz Photo AI, the company has taken its individual image enhancement tools, still sold separately, and rolled them into a single program in a more simplified form. 

It aims to fix a whole series of common photo issues and ailments, from image noise to blur, from blurry portraits to low-res images that need upscaling without quality loss. 

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at