Lightroom 5 Announcement

Today Adobe officially released Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, the latest and greatest version of its imaging software targeted specifically for photographers. Despite Adobe’s hard push for Creative Cloud, which we criticized heavily, Lightroom 5 will be available for purchase as individual license (which means that you can buy either the retail box version or an upgrade), or as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.

Lightroom 5

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 comes with some neat features such as smart previews, new and flexible spot removal tool / healing brush, radial filter tool, updated lens corrections and speed improvements over Lightroom 4. We covered most of these in our Lightroom 5 beta overview, so you can take a quick glance at that article to understand and visualize these changes. If any new changes have been rolled out to the final version, we will cover them in a separate article. Also, I am planning to do an article on migrating from Lightroom 4 to Lightroom 5 and talk about issues/challenges.

Camera and Lens Support

As usual, Adobe is adding support for new cameras and lenses with this release. Here is a full list of cameras and lenses added:

  1. Hasselblad H5D-60
  2. Olympus PEN E-P5
  3. Olympus PEN E-PL6
  4. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6
  5. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1
  6. Phase One IQ260*
  7. Ricoh GR


  1. Canon PowerShot G1 X
  2. Canon PowerShot G15
  3. Hasselblad HCD 4.8/24
  4. Nikon Coolpix A
  5. Nikon Coolpix P330
  6. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  7. HD Pentax-D FA645 Macro 90mm f/2.8ED AW SR
  8. HD Pentax-DA 560mm f/5.6ED AW
  9. Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM
  10. Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
  11. Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN
  12. Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN
  13. Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZE
  14. Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZF.2
  15. Zeiss Touit 1.8/32
  16. Zeiss Touit 2.8/12

Note that the new Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR and the new Zeiss Touit lenses have been added. Tethered support has also been added for the Nikon D600.

Lightroom 5 Upgrade Options

Just like with the whole Creative Cloud subscription business, Adobe is leaving little room for those that want to stay with their older versions of Lightroom. None of the new camera and lens profiles will be added to existing versions of Lightroom, which means that this is pretty a much a forced upgrade for new gear. So if you buy a new camera or a lens that has recently been announced or will be announced in the future, you will have to upgrade to Lightroom 5 to be able to open up RAW files or correct lens issues via the Lens Corrections module. Adobe will not deliver those updates to Lightroom 4. If you do not care about new cameras and lenses, then you can obviously continue to use your existing Lightroom version.

Official Press Release

Here is the official press release:

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 10, 2013 — Adobe today announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5 for Mac OS® and Windows®. The product is available as an individual license or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud™. Designed for both photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, Lightroom 5 adds critical photo editing capabilities and creates groundbreaking workflows. Lightroom 5 was initially released as a free, public beta in April 2013.

“Lightroom was originally conceived through the requests of Adobe customers, and this feedback continues to drive each new iteration,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “As the digital photography landscape advances and evolves, Lightroom is the best solution for photographers and passionate hobbyists who want to get the most out of their digital images.”

New Features in Lightroom 5

Lightroom 5 adds powerful new editing tools to help photographers create better images faster. The Advanced Healing Brush enables customers to fix irregularly shaped imperfections such as dust spots, splotches, and other distractions with the precision and flexibility of a fine brush. The Upright tool analyzes each image to automatically straighten objects such as buildings and level horizons. Radial Gradients offer customers the control to make photo subjects stand out by applying off-center and multiple vignettes in a single image.

Lightroom 5 also brings extended sharing and publishing capabilities. New video slideshows enable customers to combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow that can be viewed on almost any device. Updates to the Book module bring the ability to create, personalize and print elegant photo books from a variety of tailored, easy-to-use templates, as well as create customer-specific templates.

Smart Previews, new in Lightroom 5, enable photographers to make edits to their images offline, without bringing their entire library of original files with them. Edits and metadata changes to Smart Preview files are automatically applied to the original images when they are reconnected.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is available now for immediate download for Adobe Creative Cloud members. Standalone software is available at and participating retailers for US$149 or US$79 for upgrades. For more detailed information about product features, upgrade policies, pricing and language versions, please visit

Customers can also connect with the Lightroom team directly on Facebook, via Twitter or on the Adobe Lightroom blog. For Lightroom how-to videos, visit

Along with Lightroom 5, Adobe also released Camera RAW 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1, which will work with Adobe Photoshop CS6 (more on this later).

About Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a membership-based service that provides users with access to download and install Adobe creative desktop applications; game developer tools and integration with the Adobe Touch Apps. With Creative Cloud membership, users also have access to: a vibrant global creative community; publishing services to deliver apps and websites; cloud storage and the ability to sync to virtually any device; and new products and exclusive updates as they’re developed.

Lightroom 5 is Available for Pre-Order

If you want to buy the boxed version of Lightroom 5, it is currently available for pre-order from B&H:

  1. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Retail, Boxed version – $149
  2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Upgrade, Boxed version – $79

Download Links

Below are the links to download both the Windows and the Mac versions of the software:

  1. Camera RAW 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 for Windows / Mac
  2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 for Windows / Mac


As with any new software release, I would not recommend to upgrade to the new Lightroom 5 version right away. I am currently testing LR5 and will report any serious issues, but it is always a good idea to wait for the first patch before committing to an upgrade, especially if your work heavily depends on Lightroom. Lightroom 5.1 will come out in a couple of months. Meanwhile, Lightroom 4.4 seems to be pretty solid overall. Also, if you are using any Lightroom plugins (Nik Software, etc), make sure that they are compatible with LR5 before you upgrade.


  1. 1) Richard
    June 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm


    Thanks for this and I have been using the LR5 beta version for a few weeks. I can confirm that all of my LR4 plugins do work with LR5. These include Nik Define 2, Color Efex 4 Pro, Silver FX Pro 2, Sharpener Pro Raw pre and Output Sharpener and Viveza 2. I also confirm that Topaz Adjust 5, Clarity, DeNoise 5 and Detail 3 work in both 32 and 64bit versions in Windows 7. Of course I appreciate that older versions may not work, but for me all plugins are working fine.

    I look forward to the full review comparison between 4 & 5.


    • June 10, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      Richard, great, thank you for the feedback! A detailed analysis and comparison will be posted soon.

  2. 2) Peter
    June 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    I’ll wait for your “5 dot 1″ review before I buy. I have a feeling Nikon Capture NX3 will never see the light of day given the Google/Nik marriage, so Lightroom is a good backup piece of software to CS5.
    As someone told me a long time ago, never buy an “x dot zero” piece of software, e.g. Vista.

    • June 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Peter, I totally agree – never buy new software until it gets “solid”. Lightroom 5 is certainly not solid at this point (already seeing some nasty bugs).

    • 2.2) Richard
      June 11, 2013 at 1:23 am

      The Capture NX2 license is I believe still held by Nikon and is not “Nik” software. It is still sold by Nikon and was not part of the Goggle giveaway. It’s not of course a very good batch processor, but like the other Nik software’s I do like the U point technology. However, I do agree with you and I’m not sure if Nikon will go down a software manipulation route again.


  3. 3) Juan Sol
    June 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Hello Nasim and friends, Thanks for the advice! I have just download it via Adobe Cloud subscription and it runs fine. I need time to check it thoroughly, but it looks nice. Good day!

    • June 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you for your feedback Juan! I am seeing some bugs in export features, but have not done a full analysis yet.

  4. 4) Claude Dumas
    June 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Lightroom is an incredibly powerful and well-designed software. Paying 80$ from time to time to upgrade is nothing. We must recognize that good programmers and engineers have a price and we should stop complaining about such low cost product. Lets enjoy this great software , we are quite lucky !

    • June 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Claude, yes, Lightroom is indeed good. But I do not particularly like what Adobe has been doing lately. Their “push” for Creative Cloud and their lies about Camera RAW are certainly not welcome – see my latest post :)

  5. 5) Nicolas
    June 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I have a question related to your quote “None of the new camera and lens profiles will be added to existing versions of Lightroom”. I agree for the camera, but for the lens don’t you think it is possible to extract from LR5 lens profiles (perhaps just the .lcp file) and then import them into LR4 for those you need them?


  6. 6) Neil
    June 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

    The new features of LR5 just don’t seem compelling enough to upgrade for a Mac user. A windows user using a retina-like display… maybe.

  7. 7) Florian
    June 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I have both LR 3 and LR 4 running happily alongside each other. I need LR 3, because I share catalogs with someone who hasn’t upgraded. Enter LR 5, which I wanted to test-drive. After the installation I checked if everything was fine with my LR 3 installation. Oooopsie … Camera & Lens profiles gone. For the time being I’m back to the combination 3 & 4.

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