Lightroom 5.3 and Camera RAW 8.3 RC Update

Today Adobe announced the availability of Lightroom 5.3 and Camera RAW 8.3 release candidates. A number of bugs that were present in Lightroom 5.2 were fixed, and new camera and lens profiles have been added. No new features have been added, so this is mostly a camera / lens update + bugfix release. For those that recently purchased the Nikon D610, this release provides full RAW support for the camera! Other new cameras that are supported include the Nikon D5300, Nikon 1 AW1, Fuji X-E2, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Sony A7 and Sony A7R.

Lightroom 5

Camera and Lens Support

Here is the list of newly supported camera models:

  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300 (*)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1 (*)
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10 (*)

* Denotes preliminary support

The list of newly supported lenses for the Lens Corrections module is pretty small, but it includes the new Nikon 58mm f/1.4G lens, which is great:

  • Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G
  • Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013
  • Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013
  • Sony E 20mm F2.8
  • Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Bug Fixes

Some of the big bugs in Lightroom 5.2 have been addressed. Here is the full list of bug fixes:

  • Issues when upgrading catalog from previous versions of Lightroom.
  • Incorrect photos are displayed after switching away from a Publish Collection.
  • Catalog optimization did not finish, and was not optimizing the catalog
  • Feather of clone spots is set to 0 after upgrading catalog to Lightroom 5.
  • Auto White Balance settings are not saved to Snapshots.
  • Sony 18-55mm lens is detected as the Hasselblad 18-55mm lens for lens correction.
  • Increased Update Spot Removal history steps when in Before and After view.
  • Slideshows start playing automatically even when the Manual Slideshow option is enabled.
  • Video playback stops when dragging on the scrubber.
  • Errors when publishing photos to Flickr through the Publish Service.
  • Option + drag on Edit Pin behavior is functioning incorrectly.
  • Black border appears around the exported slideshow video.
  • 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.
  • 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 5.2 to version 5.3 RC:

Adobe Lightroom 5.3 RC (Windows)
Adobe Lightroom 5.3 RC (Mac)

Here are the links for Adobe Camera RAW 8.3 RC:

Adobe Camera RAW 8.3 RC (Windows)
Adobe Camera RAW 8.3 RC (Mac)

And finally, links for DNG Converter 8.3 RC:
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3 RC (Windows)
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3 RC (Mac)

For more information, please visit Adobe Labs.


  1. 1) Chris K.
    November 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Fantastic thanks I was wondering how much longer for the D610;)

    • 1.1) Steve
      November 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Doesn’t show on the Adobe website

  2. 2) Chris K.
    November 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Nassim I downloaded the ACR 8.2 update and after it downloaded I tried to install but it told me that I need to go to bridge and do it through help update, after I updated I can not see the D610 NEF files images, It didn’t update the 8.3 for ACR.

    • 2.1) Rami
      November 9, 2013 at 12:58 am

      I’m having the same issue with LR… downloaded and installed everything with no problem but when I imported the NEF files it said ‘No Preview Available’…

    • November 9, 2013 at 2:42 am

      Chris, are you trying to update Lightroom or Camera RAW?

  3. 3) Susan
    November 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I still have LR4 and CS5 and finally was getting around to updating then the Creative Cloud came out. So I waited but now need to update both. Both were purchased with an educational discount as I am an “older” college student. I realize Adobe allows the purchase of Lightroom but any updates over CS6 you must be on the Creative Cloud. I was going to enroll in the Cloud for photographers at $9.99 a month for LR5 and updated CS6 but turns out I can’t because I purchased CS5 under the educational discount though still around $350.o0 I spent.

    My question is this… Is it better to purchase LR5 and the original CS6 again under the educational discount and be happy with that or go with the Creative Cloud? Right now I am still a student so I could get the entire suite for $19.99 per month. But when I stop going to college it will $19.99 a month just for Photoshop and by then it could be more each month. I have more photographers tell me not to go on the Cloud and a few that say it is worth it. Any readers out there have any advise or which way you went with Adobe.

    • November 9, 2013 at 2:43 am

      Susan, I personally do not like the whole cloud model, especially after millions of accounts were compromised a couple of months ago. I use the CS6 and I am happy :)

    • 3.2) Jeremy F
      November 9, 2013 at 3:26 am

      I have had exactly the same issue myself.
      I had CS6 and LR4, both bought a year ago, with the educational discount.
      So, I have just paid for the LR5 upgrade, and wanted the ‘boxed’ version…..bought through a reseller. I don’t think Adobe sell hard copies (discs) of software any longer.
      I just feel happier, having a perpetual licence, knowing that I’ll be able to do wonderful photography with these versions for years to come, regardless of any upgrades that Creative Cloud offers.
      That said, I am still considering giving the whole CC a trial for a year, under the educational discount, but at least I have the hard copies and perpetual licences to fall back on.

      • 3.2.1) Susan
        November 9, 2013 at 7:37 am

        Thanks Jeremy sounds like you are in the same situation but you already had upgraded to CS6. I agree, I prefer to have a “hard copy” versus a download. I have a feeling they way things are going eventually “hard copies” may be a thing of the past. :(

        Like with anything there will always be a newer, faster model of everything so maybe I should just be happy with CS6 and LR5 purchase so I have those in my back pocket even if I try the educational Cloud. Good point about having the backup just in case the Cloud goes POOF! :)

        I was purchasing LR5 off of Amazon and they were mailing it to me but now wondering if that will be a CD or just a box with a license on it. Where did you get your LR5 and CS6 from under the educational discount? I know Adobe’s site is all downloads.

        Nasim, thank you for your input too. I have had more photographers tell me they will just stick with CS6 and be happy with that. If I look at the reality of it, I use my plug ins like Nik, On One, Topaz and LR more then I use CS5. Now just wondering if I can get a hard copy of either of these ones or just downloads. At least I will have my own license number.

        • Kevin Walters
          November 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

          Yes, Adobe sells LR 5.0 update-on disc. Got mine last week from B&H.

  4. 4) Chris K.
    November 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Never mind got it;)

  5. 5) Sandra Mathewson
    November 8, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I am new to LR and I hear about “camera raw”. Is that a separate program?
    I have LR 4 and Elements 10. Intend to upgrade both soon, but don’t know where I find “raw”, is it inside one of those?

    • November 9, 2013 at 2:45 am

      Sandra, Camera RAW is for Adobe Photoshop. You do not have to worry about downloading that for Lightroom.

      • 5.1.1) Gio
        November 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

        What about DNG Converter 8.3 RC, do we need to dowload that also for Lightroom?

  6. 6) Timothy Isaac
    November 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I can’t seem to open the 5.3 RC package for Mac. I keep getting some error.

    • November 9, 2013 at 2:45 am

      Timothy, you might want to report that to Adobe…probably an issue with the file.

      • 6.1.1) Timothy Isaac
        November 9, 2013 at 5:59 pm error -1

        That’s the problem I keep getting. I’ve tried to install on my iMac and Macbook.
        I still get the same error. Really have no idea what’s wrong. I managed to download the DNG convertor and even update my CS6 with no problems. Just LR that’s giving me a headache.

  7. 7) Chelli
    November 10, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Where can I buy the boxed version of the Lightroom 5 upgrade?

  8. 8) Derek Riehm
    November 10, 2013 at 6:01 am

    I shoot with a Nikon D600 and use LR 5.2 on an iMac. Since upgrading from LR4 to LR5 I have encountered a bug with white balance. I find that for nearly all photos (the notable exception is sunrise or sunset, with the sun in the frame) LR’s automatic white balance setting is an improvement over the D600’s auto setting. After I import a batch of photos into LR it’s easy enough to select as many as I want, then a simple “shift-cmd-U” sets the WB to auto, and I can then go back through them to identify any that need to be reset to “as shot”, or I can customize.

    Problem is, after setting the WB to “auto” LR5.2 has an annoying habit of resetting it to “custom”. Sometimes the custom setting is equal to the LR auto setting but often it resets to a specific value of 5001. Once this happens I often have to go back through the photos one by one to “reset the reset”, returning the WB setting to auto.

    I guess I can only hope that this behaviour will disappear with LR5.3. We’ll see. Have any other Mac users observed this?

  9. 9) juN v.
    November 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Chris K how did you do it?I’m having a problem opening in lghthroom 4 I used nikon d610 for a wedding.Downloaded ACr 8.3 but I dont know how to install it?I need HELP!THANKS

    • 9.1) Chris K.
      November 11, 2013 at 4:56 am

      jUn v. I went to dpreview and then it took me to adobe and downloaded 8.3 for CC.

  10. November 24, 2013 at 7:06 pm
  11. 11) H. Brantingham
    December 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    I just now updated to 5.3 and now my CR2 files are not importing correctly. There is no preview and when I check to see if they have imported they have not. Am i missing something?

  12. 12) Julie
    March 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you so much!!! :) VERY useful!

  13. 13) harriet
    April 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I just downloaded the LR 5.3 update and now I cannot open my Develop module in LR 5. It says an unknown error has occured. HELP!!!! Thanks!

  14. 14) Heather
    June 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    I am having the exact same problem as Harriet with Lightroom 5.3 in the Develop Module. Anyone have any info out there for this?

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