Lightroom 5.2 and Camera RAW 8.2 RC Update

Today Adobe announced the availability of Lightroom 5.2 and Camera RAW 8.2 release candidates. A number of bugs that were present in Lightroom 5 were fixed, and new camera and lens profiles have been added. In addition, some new features features have been added to Lightroom, including a smoothness adjustment slider, refinements to the spot healing tool and local adjustment brush. Preliminary RAW support for the recently announced Canon EOS 70D and Sony RX100 II is also provided. The Adobe team skipped Lightroom 5.1 version and jumped directly to 5.2, to keep up with the Camera RAW naming convention.

Lightroom 5

Camera and Lens Support

Here is the list of newly supported camera models:

  • Canon EOS 70D *
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR800
  • Fujifilm FinePix HS22EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix S205EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix F805EXR
  • Fujifilm X-M1
  • Phase One IQ260 *
  • Sony DSC-RX1R
  • Sony DSC-RX100 II*

* Denotes preliminary support

The list of newly supported lenses for the Lens Corrections module is pretty small this time. Unfortunately, there is still no support for the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G lens:

  • Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS
  • Hasselblad LF16mm f/2.8
  • Hasselblad LF18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
  • Hasselblad LF18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS
  • GoPro Hero3 Black
  • GoPro Hero3 Silver
  • GoPro Hero3 White

New Features

The following new Features have been added in Lightroom 5.2 RC:

  • A Smoothness adjustment slider has been added to the Detail Panel under Color Noise Reduction. This helps to reduce low-frequency color mottling artifacts
  • Refinements to the Spot Healing Tool:
    • New Feather control
    • Auto find source method now works better for images with textured areas like rocks, bark, and foliage
    • Auto find source method now prefers source areas within the crop rectangle
  • Smart Preview size has been updated to 2560 pixels on the long edge
  • Refinements to the Local Adjustment Brush:
    • Right Click (PC) / Control-click (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to bring up a context menu to duplicate or delete
    • Control+Alt+Drag (PC) / Command+Option+Drag (Mac) on a brush adjustment pin to clone (duplicate) that adjustment

Bug Fixes

Some of the big bugs in Lightroom 5 have been addressed. Most notably, the export bug that prevented sharpening and noise reduction to be applied to smaller images has been finally addressed. Here is the full list of bug fixes:

  • Catalog containing images processed with PV2003 were adding a post-crop vignette when catalog upgraded to Lightroom 5.
  • Pressing the “Reset” button while holding down the Shift key caused Lightroom to exit abruptly.
  • Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction were not applied to exported images that were resized to less than 1/3 of the original image size.
  • Incorrect photo was selected when trying to select a photo in segmented grid in Publish Services.
  • The Esc key did not exit the slideshow after right clicking screen with mouse during slideshow playing.
  • Import dialog remained blank for folders that contain PNG files with XMP sidecars.
  • Metadata panel displayed incorrect information after modifying published photo. Please note that this only occurred when metadata was changed after the photo was published.

How to Update

Click the following links to update Lightroom 5.0 to version 5.2 RC:

Adobe Lightroom 5.2 RC (Windows)
Adobe Lightroom 5.2 RC (Mac)

Here are the links for Adobe Camera RAW 8.2 RC:

Adobe Camera RAW 8.2 RC (Windows)
Adobe Camera RAW 8.2 RC (Mac)

And finally, links for DNG Converter 8.2 RC:
Adobe DNG Converter 8.2 RC (Windows)
Adobe DNG Converter 8.2 RC (Mac)

For more information, please visit Adobe Labs.


  1. 1) Luis
    July 31, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I´m very happy with LR 4.4 yet due I have no plans for buy a new laptop.
    Thanks for skip the disqus post reply.

    • August 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      LR 4.4 is very stable and solid. I upgraded because I wanted to get the new features in LR 5 – and it does not slow down my PC. I think it is about the same in terms of speed.

      I got rid of Disqus, because it was giving me all kinds of problems!

  2. 2) Dan
    August 1, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Great update! Like the extra noise reduction as some shots I found i’d have to push it up past 50 to get of the colored blotches.

    Was surprised withe the duplicate pin feature. It’s great, but i think they just need to increase the maximum effectiveness of the sliders both for the brush, and global. Many times i want to be able to recovery shadows or highlights beyond what the sliders allow and painting over with another brush doesnt always work and is a real hassle and slow.

    But the pins are going in the right direction. Im still waiting for the ability to move adjustment brush pins, and “copy/paste local adjustment settings”. For example you take 2 shots of a model, but with slightly different position, it sucks have to redraw a whole new brush on the next photo. Would be great to be able to sync then just drag the brush pin over. And it would be awesome to be able to copy the settings of one, and the paste them onto another pin on another area or another photo.

    • August 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Dan, I agree – your proposed changes would be great and I am sure Adobe folks are already planning for those! Lightroom has been improving greatly with every release.

  3. August 1, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Thanks for the information.
    I love LR but what I hate is that I need to download 800MB for an update. Since I am not living in the developed world anymore it’s very tedious. And all I need is the 64bit version but yet you need to download all. And I guess the actual files that change could be smaller, too.

    • August 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      I totally agree! It is not like they rewrote the whole software suite – a quick update with just changes would be far more useful…

  4. 4) Paul Sager
    August 1, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Maybe I read your post too fast. You mentioned ‘release candidate’ in the first sentence. But, you didn’t define this term. Here’s the info from the Adobe website: A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested, but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers.

    • August 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      Paul, I apologize for assuming that our readers would know what the term means and thank you for clarifying that!

  5. 5) Anthony
    August 1, 2013 at 6:08 am

    This update is still in beta stage. Do you advise everyone to use it?

    • 5.1) Anthony
      August 1, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Part 2: If you do use the beta form, do you need to re-upgrade when it is out of beta?

  6. 6) Michael Gilligan
    August 1, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Does the download of Adobe update Lightroom 5.2 not include Adobe Camera RAW 8.2 RG and DNG converter 8.2 RG? Or, must Camera Raw 8.2 RG and DNG converter 8.2 RG be downloaded separately?

    • 6.1) Luis
      August 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

      Right, they are different products, LR includes inside the DNG conversión function. Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) is inside the LR heart for develop photos.

  7. 7) Gavin J
    August 3, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I have a question please.

    I have purchased a new laptop and no longer have photoshop, as that was non genuine product. I have now just purchased Lightroom 5 from a reputable retailer and would like to know if I i download Camera Raw 8.2, will it work with Lightroom, or do I have to buy Photoshop CS6 aswell?
    Thank you kindly
    Gav J

    • August 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Gavin, the latest version of Lightroom already comes with RAW processing capabilities. You do not need to download Camera RAW separately if you do not own Photoshop.

  8. 8) Thomas
    August 4, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Thank you for all your information!
    I just started to use Lightroom and come across a problem (at least for me) but that maybe just the way things are :-) I use to export my edited photos outside Lightroom just so I can share my photos with family and friends. To open an edited photos inside windows works just fine. But when I start a slideshow in windows I noticed that my photos are displayed without any changes made in Lightroom, in fact they even look dull compared to the original photos.
    What is going on here. Can I only trust Ligtroom to show my edited photos correctly?
    Sincerely, Thomas, Sweden

    • August 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Thomas, that’s an odd issue and I have not experienced it myself. I don’t really use the slideshow feature though, so I might not be the best person to answer. Have you tried to contact Adobe support? Perhaps there is an easy fix to this?

    • 8.2) Tom
      August 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm


      if you are running the slideshow over your original images that you have imported into Lightroom, then you will only be seeing the original unedited versions of these when running a windows slideshow.

      You have the option of running a slideshow from within Lightroom, which will have all of the changes applied to these. otherwise, you will need to do an export to create versions of the images for a windows slideshow.

      This is due to the way lightroom works – it does not make any changes at all ever to the actual images, it simply has a pile of instructions of what to do it, and then displays the result of this on the screen. if you then want that image created, you export it.


    • 8.3) Thomas
      August 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Thx for your input. It is not a problem for me but it bugs me that those who use windows slideshow on my photos can´t see them in all their glory :-)

      Tom, I know that changes made in Lightroom don´t effect the original files. But I was hoping that exported photos could be seen with all the changes made in Lightroom in whatever software one choose to view them on, included windows slideshow. So I am familiar with the export concept. But for some odd reasons that does not apply on windows slide show. I use slideshow in Lightroom and it works very well but I can´t expect all my friends to by Lightroom only to see my photos as I want them to be displayed.

  9. August 12, 2013 at 3:51 am

    We are on LR$ at the moment and been waiting on the first dot revision of 5 before upgrading. Biggest thing on our wishlist is a general speed improvement – seriously considering a switch to Capture One instead.

  10. 10) Jonas Weiss
    September 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I updated to Camera Raw 8.2, but it still warns me that it needs 8.2.

    When I open Photoshop and inquire as to what Camera Raw plugin I have, it says 8.1 still.


  11. 11) Suzette du Toit
    September 2, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I currently have Lightroom 4, and would urgently like to update to Lightroom 5.2
    Please tell me how to go about this?

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