We all know Canon sets their in-camera NR to very strong settings, smearing quite a bit of detail. Even when it is turned off completely, there is some smearing going on.
On the other hand, latest bodies are real computer powerhouses: the 5D3 can even do in-body HDR and blending modes!
How difficult is it for Canon to implement REALLY good noise reduction as we see in third party produtcs that can actually reduce noise AND preserve fine detail?
I am always quite surprised by the results I get from Noise Ninja, Topaz and Nik products. I wonder how much better it could be if I didn't have a smeared image to start with...