Lightroom 4.4 and Camera RAW 7.4 Update

A while ago Adobe announced Release Candidates of Lightroom 4.4 and Camera RAW 7.4. These versions were close to being finished, but may have contained some bugs. Today, Adobe has made the full versions of their updates available. The main goal of these updates is to add support for recently announced cameras (25 of them, actually), but there’s a number of important improvements, too. This is quite a big update. First and foremost, Adobe claims better handling of Fuji’s X-Trans sensor RAW files.

Adobe Lightroom 4

Camera and Lens Support

Here is the (rather extensive) list of newly supported camera models:

  • Canon EOS 1D C
  • Canon ESO 100D (Digital Rebel SL1 / EOS Kiss Digital X7)
  • Canon EOS 700D (Digital Rebel T5i / EOS Kiss Digital X7i)
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR710
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR750
  • Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix SL1000
  • Fujifilm X100s
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Hasselblad H5D-40
  • Hasselblad H5D-50
  • Hasselblad Lunar
  • LEICA M (Typ 240)
  • Nikon 1 J3
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Nikon D7100
  • Nikon Coolpix A
  • Nikon Coolpix P330 (preliminary support)
  • Olympus XZ-10
  • Pentax MX-1
  • Samsung NX300
  • Sony Alpha NEX-3N
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A58

There is also a number of new lens profiles available:

  • Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM
  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM
  • SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM
  • SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013
  • SIGMA APO MACRO 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
  • Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS
  • TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
  • TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

Adobe also made some corrections to demosaic algorithms used for Fujifilm’s X-Trans sensor cameras – the X-Pro1, X-E1, X100s and X20. In addition to better-rendered RAW files, X-Pro1 and X-E1 images should also be slightly sharper when comparing to the output of previous Release Candidate versions. X-E1 also enjoys fixed default aspect ratio support. Other changes include tweaked default white balance setting for older Nikon D2x, D2xs, D2hs, D200, D40, D50 and D80 cameras. For more information on camera and lens support, click here.

Bug Fixes

The following Camera RAW bugs have been fixed:

  • Improve interactive performance at intermediate zoom levels (e.g., 33% and 66%).
  • Remove strong color cast when converting images to grayscale.
  • Rendering of floating-point HDR images with unexpected embedded ICC profiles (non-linear gamma).
  • Ensure that local adjustments are synced properly when copying & pasting settings in Bridge.
  • Prevent point curve adjustments from disappearing off the top and bottom when using the arrow keys to adjust curve points.
  • Square tile artifacts while painting with local adjustment brush.
  • Grid overlay artifacts in Lens Correction panel when adjusting crop rectangle.
  • Shortcut (control-click, right-click) to adjust local adjustment brush size and feather size.
  • Local adjustment redrawing incorrectly after selecting a pin.
  • Redraw error with the noise reduction option-drag visualization.
  • Redraw error when local adjustment mouse over rollover mask, etc.
  • Crash when adding a custom input/output values in per-channel RGB point curves.
  • Color casts when using the Camera Calibration saturation sliders.
  • Line artifacts when processing floating-point images with a rotated crop.
  • Crash when using the local adjustment brush. This only occurs on images with a large number of local adjustments and on a system with limited RAM.

The following Lightroom bugs have been fixed:

  • The crop overlay tool resized incorrectly when used in conjunction with the “Constrain to Crop” checkbox in the Lens Correction panel.
  • Background graphics were not correctly rendered within the Book Module.
  • Reading metadata from file would sometimes result in keyword and and GPS metadata to not save for video files.
  • Updated the “Missing File Icon” for HiDPI / Retina displays
  • The supplied lens profile for the Sony RX-1 did not contain vignette information.
  • Preview in Develop Module was not updated with the latest adjustments.
  • Square tile artifacts while painting with brush.
  • Previews of photos in portrait orientation were blurry when viewed in the filmstrip in the Develop module. (Mac only).
  • Image in Book Disappears After Changing Modules.
  • Error changing modules when in Slideshow with second monitor connected.
  • Stack badges displayed the wrong count when creating new stack that included a preexisting stack.
  • Local Adjustment Effect (Brushed Adjustment) Disappears (temporarily) After Selecting a Pin (Win only).
  • Book changes are not saved after switching between modules.
  • The Filter scrollbar within the Library module was not rendering properly.
  • Auto-tone was not working properly when used in conjunction with the Exposure adjustment slider. (Win only)
  • The Black&White button was not creating a History state within the Develop module. (Win only)
  • When switching from image to image, remnants of previous image visible on fringes of new photo. This occurred on Retina screens only.
  • RGB color readouts were specified in the Adobe RGB colorspace rather than the ProPhoto linear colorspace. This occurred when working in Soft Proofing within the Develop module.
  • Horizontal artifacts would occassionally appear in DNG files.
  • Adding a page behaved inconsistently in the Book module depending on the method used to add a page.
  • The state of the “Remove Chromatic Aberrations” checkbox within the Lens Correction was not persistent between sessions of Lightroom.
  • Cannot add contacts from Address Book to email on Mac.
  • Sliders can no longer be moved on Win by using mouse wheel.

How to Update

If you want to update your Camera RAW plug-in, use the Photoshop CS6 update function. Click the following links to update Lightroom to version 4.4:

Adobe Lightroom 4.4 (Windows)
Adobe Lightroom 4.4 (Mac)

You may also want to download Adobe’s DNG Converter 7.4, which has also been updated. In such a case, use the following links:

Adobe DNG Converter 7.4 (Windows)
Adobe DNG Converter 7.4 (Mac)

For more information, read here about Lightroom 4.4 and here about Camera RAW 7.4/DNG Converter 7.4.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Robert
    April 3, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Perfect timing on the 4.4 update, a Sony SEL 10-18mm just landed!

  2. 2
    ) Kathleen
    April 3, 2013 at 7:51 am

    I am so grateful for this website! As it happened, when I turned on my computer this morning, I got the Adobe update announcement from Adobe and then discovered your email about it waiting in my inbox. But you informed me about two wonderful sales that I took advantage of and would never have heard about from the companies (Nikon & Nik/Google): the Nikon lens sales at B&H (I bought the 85/f1.8 and the 24-120/f4) and the Nik suite for $149, which I also bought. Last month I agonized about whether to spend $199 on Silver Efex (Nik), which I knew I would eventually get, or buy the whole suite for $600. This was because if I owned at least one I could get the One-on-One suite for $149 (reduced from $300). Finally, I called One-on-One and asked them why I couldn’t get the $149 price even if I didn’t have Nik because obviously they were doing this to wean people away from Nik. So they said, ‘fine.’ And sold me the complete suite for $149. So now I have both Nik and One-on-One for $300. And Lightroom keeps getting better and better so if I hardly use either suite, at least I won’t have paid a huge price for them.

    Thank you a million times. Your posts are invaluable.

  3. 3
    ) Jay
    April 3, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I currently have Lightroom 4 installed. I need to make a fresh install and convert over to Windows 8 at the same time. I will wipe my SSD drive clean before installing. What should I do with my Lightroom install? Is there unlimited installs with Lightroom or do I need to somehow alert Adobe that I am deleting an install and reinstalling on the same computer? What about the Lightroom files? How do I copy and replace upon reinstallation after the new install?

    Thanks for any replys.

    • April 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

      Hi Jay,

      I back up my %appdata%\Adobe\Lightroom folder frequently and copy it back when I rebuild my computer or do a fresh install of Windows. [Looks something like this: C:\Users\Aaron\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom] This keeps my product key, plugins, and settings all intact. My Lightroom catalog folder I also backup daily. My photos are stored on a different volume and also get backed up. I keep my Lightroom catalog on my SSD (like C:\Lightroom) and my photos on a RAID 5 hard disk array (D:\Photos\year\photo shoot, etc.). The SSD offers great performance when the catalog is stored on it.

      • April 3, 2013 at 8:44 am

        I should add, I copy that %appdata% folder back to the new Windows install, and then install Lightroom on top of it. When I open my catalog file and it mostly acts like it had never been reinstalled: settings, preferences, plugins, etc. are all preserved. Caches have to be rebuilt of course as you use it.

  4. 4
    ) MedicineMan4040
    April 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Help please.
    I was using the LR 4 Beta and it corrected my new Sony SEL 10-18mm.
    This morning Adobe sent e-mail to update LR.
    I did so.
    Now NO correction for the lens listed above.
    What is up with this ??

  5. April 3, 2013 at 9:20 am

    One step closer to a decision on whether to pick up a Fujifilm X20 or X100s and start trying to sell off most of my film rangefinders…

  6. 8
    ) David Colton
    April 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Quick and easy upload with no glitches or do-overs. All my old LR pictures are in place.

    My first impression is that photo loading is noticeably quicker.

    Thank you Romanas :-}

  7. 9
    ) Sere
    April 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Guys, I need your help!

    Since I have LR4, I’m suffering with my RAW (NEF) images. Sometimes, not always, if I convert my NEF files to JPG, the output files contain strange artifacts. It is the same with LR4 and PS CS6, but never happens in ViewNX2. In the link below I provided the original NEF, the XMP from CS6, the converted full JPG and a crop of that image, that shows an example of the problem.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/g9t6n2fklgcde9e/NEF%20Converter%20Issue.zip?n=139877622

    First I thought, there is some problem with my D600 files, but recently I had to work on my older D90 files, and it happened with those NEF, too.

    If anyone could please help me, how to avoid this, why this is happening, what I should do, I would be really appreciate it!

    Thanks in advance!

  8. 10
    ) Don
    April 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Romanas,

    I just upgraded my LR to 4.4 but when I tried to upgrade the RAW in PS, it does not find an update so my Camera RAW is stuck at 7.3.xxx. Any ideas how to force and update or where I can find the actual Camera RAW plugin? Thanks.

  9. 11
    ) vhinzpaul
    April 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Thanks Nasim for the helpful facts.

  10. 12
    ) Toni
    April 5, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I think this is a big upgrade for people with low performance computers.
    The “Improve interactive performance at intermediate zoom levels (e.g., 33% and 66%).” on camera raw 7.4 is very important.

  11. 13
    ) Mike McGrath
    June 2, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I have adobe photo chop CS 5 and used Camera raw 6 to convert my RAW files from my Nikon D 200. Now I just upgraded to Nikon D 7100 and only Camera Raw 7.4 can read these files but it is not compatible with CS5? How can I get around this. I also just got Light room 4 but would prefer to use camera raw.

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