Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Review

Adobe has finally released the latest and greatest Lightroom 4, which packs plenty of new features. What are those new features and how does Lightroom 4 stack up against the older version? If you are wondering whether it is worth upgrading or not, then this Ligthroom 4 vs Lightroom 3 Review is for you. I will go over the new features of Lightroom 4, their practical use and the potential advantages of using those tools for your personal work or business.

Lightroom 4 vs Lightroom 3

So what does Lightroom 4 bring to the table? Let’s start out by comparing the minimum system requirements:

1) System Requirements Comparison For Mac and Windows

Here are the system requirements for Mac:

MacLightroom 4Lightroom 3
ProcessorMulticore Intel® processor with 64-bit supportIntel processor (32-bit and 64-bit support)
Operating SystemMac OS X v10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or v10.7 (Lion)Mac OS X v10.5 or 10.6
Amount of RAM2 GB2 GB
Hard Disk Space1 GB of available hard-disk space1 GB of available hard-disk space
Display Resolution1024×7681024×768
Optical DriveDVD-ROM, only for DVD-based installsCD-ROM, only for CD-based installs
Internet ConnectionYes, for Internet-based servicesYes, for Internet-based services

And here are the system requirements for Windows:

WindowsLightroom 4Lightroom 3
ProcessorIntel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processorIntel® Pentium® 4 processor or equivalent
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 3; Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit); or Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Amount of RAM2 GB2 GB
Hard Disk Space1 GB of available hard-disk space1 GB of available hard-disk space
Display Resolution1024×7681024×768
Optical DriveDVD-ROM, only for DVD-based installsCD-ROM, only for CD-based installs
Internet ConnectionYes, for Internet-based servicesYes, for Internet-based services

While most of the requirements are more or less the same, there are two key areas that are different – processor and operating system requirements. Mac users will need a 64-bit processor and operating system. Windows users will have to upgrade their operating system to Vista or Windows 7. Windows XP support has been completely dropped. While there are many Windows XP users out there that might complain about this requirement, I think it is the right move on behalf of Adobe – Windows XP is more than 10 years old now and it is about time to kill it. Unless people are running a 64-bit version of Windows XP (which was a really bad release by Microsoft), the regular version of Windows XP cannot read more than 4 GB of RAM, due to the nature of a 32-bit operating system. In fact, I am surprised that the minimum RAM requirement is still 2 GB – Adobe should have increased that requirement to 4 GB, but I guess they did not want to cripple some laptop users out there.

2) New Features in Lightroom 4

Here is a list of some of the new features in Lightroom 4:

  1. Updated Lightroom storage engine
  2. New Image Process Version 2012 that unlocks new LR4 features (see below)
  3. Better highlight and shadow recovery
  4. New White Balance capabilities, including a White Balance brush that allows changing white balance selectively on images with mixed lighting sources
  5. New editing brushes for noise reduction and moiré removal
  6. Better GPS integration with maps
  7. Extended video support, including limited video editing capabilities, playback and video export
  8. Built-in soft proofing capability (previewing images for print)
  9. Capability to create Photo Books/Albums
  10. More online sharing options and integration
  11. Ability to email photographs directly from Lightroom
  12. Ability to import and convert LR3 databases
  13. One click Chromatic Aberration removal
  14. Ability to burn CD/DVD disks in Lightroom
  15. Support for Nikon D4, D800, D800E and Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G

I will go over some of the above changes in detail further down below.

3) Lightroom 4 vs Lightroom 3 Catalog Size and Speed

With each release of Lightroom, Adobe engineers do their best to optimize Lightroom with a better storage engine for faster and sometimes smaller catalogs/databases. Depending on how optimized your current catalogs are, the process of converting Lightroom catalogs can actually decrease the size of the catalogs and increase their speed. This is because Lightroom actually rebuilds the catalog structure and optimizes it during the conversion process. On average, my catalogs got 1-3% smaller after the upgrade. As for speed, the new Lightroom catalog format seems to be faster than the one on Lightroom 3. I have not performed any scientific tests to prove this yet, but my large catalogs (the largest one is 1 GB in size) definitely do seem to open up faster and working with catalog data inside Lightroom also seems to be faster.

4) Lightroom 4 vs Lightroom 3 Performance

One main reason why you might want to upgrade your copy of Lightroom is speed. Adobe has completely rewritten some of the tools inside Lightroom and they are now a world faster than in Lightroom 3. For example, the file import process in LR4 is now significantly faster, even when converting RAW images to DNG. The updated Adjustment Brush is also much faster. If you selected large areas of an image in LR3 and painted a lot of areas, Lightroom would get very laggy. The issue is now resolved and you will not experience this lag anymore. Overall, everything in LR4 seems to be faster than in LR3. In some cases the performance differences are rather significant, as noted above.

5) Image Process Version 2012

If you have previously upgraded from Lightroom 2 to Lightroom 3, you probably remember that you had to adopt the new 2010 process version. Adobe wanted to make sure that your edited images within Lightroom look the same in newer versions of Lightroom, which is why it introduced this feature in Lightroom 3. So once you upgrade your old Lightroom catalogs, you do not have to worry about losing any of the previously applied changes – they will all be there. In fact, the Develop panel in Lightroom 4 will look identical to the one in Lightroom 3 after the upgrade. With Lightroom 4, we now get a new Image Process Version 2012. If you want to see and take advantage of the new features in Lightroom 4, you will have to upgrade your existing process version from 2003/2010 to 2012. Only then will you see all the new sliders, including the new options in the Adjustment Brush. Here is what happens when you go from process version 2010 to 2012:

Lightroom 4 Process Version 2010 vs 2012 Basic Panel

The left image is Process Version 2010 and the right image is Process Version 2012 in “Basic” Develop panel. As you can see, changes are rather significant – “Exposure, Recovery, Fill Light and Blacks” have been consolidated to just “Exposure and Contrast”, while “Brightness and Contrast” have been expanded to “Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks”.

Now here is the bad news about this – both the left and the right image represent the same image that was converted from Lightroom 3. See how different the values for the sliders are? Because the changes to Lightroom 4 are so significant, the Adobe team had to find a way to convert images without messing them up. Well, they pretty much failed. The new adjustments definitely do impact images, so make sure not to convert the process version to 2012 without understanding these implications. Here is how this image looks in process version 2010:

Lightroom Process Version 2010

NIKON D3S + 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 86mm, ISO 200, 1/1250, f/4.0

And here is what happened to it after I converted it to process version 2012:

Lightroom Process Version 2012

NIKON D3S + 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 86mm, ISO 200, 1/1250, f/4.0

The image now looks completely different. As a result of this discovery, I decided not to convert any of my old images to process version 2012. If I have to go back and edit images and utilize some of the new Lightroom 4 functionality, then I will change to process version 2012 and edit the image to my liking. For all new images going forward though, I will be using the process version 2012. I just have to fully understand the effect of each slider, which I will have to learn how to use anyway…

6) Highlight and Shadow Recovery

When Adobe says that they now have better highlight and shadow recovery, they are definitely not lying. I have tested this on a number of images and the new highlight & shadow recovery tools are indeed a world better. Here is an image that I tried to recover in Lightroom 3 (Exposure: 0, Recovery: 100, Fill Light: 25, Blacks: 5, Brightness: +50, Contrast: +25, Clarity: +50):

Lightroom 3 Highlight Recovery

SLT-A77V + DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM @ 26mm, ISO 200, 1/4, f/8.0

And here is what happens when I upgrade to process version 2012 (Exposure: +0.50, Highlights: -12, Shadows: +12, Whites: -100, Blacks: 0, Clarity: +25):

Lightroom 4 Highlight Recovery

SLT-A77V + DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM @ 26mm, ISO 200, 1/4, f/8.0

As you can see, the changes are rather significant. Landscape photographers should note this, because you will definitely be able to get a lot more out of your RAW images!

7) Selective White Balance Adjustment

This one is a must-have for portrait photographers that use flash and mix different types of light. If you have ever photographed indoors with a flash, you might have been frustrated with blue faces and yellow backgrounds. Unless you know how to gel your flash, you will always have this problem. Previous versions of Lightroom offered no tools to correct such problems. With Lightroom 4, you can now selectively adjust white balance through the adjustment brush tool. It works really well! Here is an image before any adjustments:

Before Selective White Balance

NIKON D3S + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 800, 1/200, f/2.8

If I attempted to change the white balance on this image in LR3, it would have affected the entire image. With Lightroom 4, I can simply use the brush and change white balance to match the ambient light. Here is what the image looks like after slight adjustments in Lightroom 4:

After Selective White Balance

NIKON D3S + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 800, 1/200, f/2.8

All I did was apply the brush on the child, then move the Temperature slider to 40.

8) Selective Noise and Moiré Adjustment

Similar to White Balance, you can also apply selective noise reduction (finally!) and moiré removal on images. Selective noise reduction works really well, especially with the combination of Noise Reduction in “Detail” sub-panel, so you no longer have to rely on third party software packages to cleanly remove noise from images (sample images to follow). The moiré removal tool is pretty effective on RAW images, but still does not completely remove moiré in worst case scenarios, as shown in my “How to remove moiré in Lightroom 4” article. Here is an example of before and after moire removal (move the mouse over):

Move mouse over to see before and after

9) GPS Integration with Maps

Lightroom 4 comes with a much better GPS tool and integration with maps. If your camera has built-in GPS, you can simply click the parent folder and then the “Map” shortcut on the top menu and Lightroom will show you the global map, with pinpoints on where the images were taken as shown in the below image:

Lightroom 4 GPS Integration

If your camera has no built-in GPS, then you can select an image or images that you want to tag with GPS data, then you can go to the Map, select an area on the map that you want to GPS-tag, then click “Add GPS Coordinates to Selected Photos”. Once you do that, GPS coordinates will be written into the file metadata.

10) Extended Video Support

If you occasionally shoot video and want to keep your video files together with your pictures in Lightroom, then you will definitely like the new video features in Lightroom 4. Now you can playback images directly out of Lightroom without having to open them through an external player and you can even make slight adjustments to them! Take a look at this screenshot:

Lightroom 4 Extended Video Support

While you cannot go to the Develop mode to make fine adjustments (Lightroom will complain with the “Video is not supported in Develop” message), you can make white balance, and tone adjustments to your videos. For example, you can add vibrance to your videos, which saturates some colors and makes your videos look great without having to use any movie editing software.

11) Image Soft Proofing

Another cool feature of Lightroom 4, is its built-in Image Soft Proofing functionality. If you print your work and you wonder how the image will look when printed, you no longer have to print test images. Just go to the Develop module, then press the “S” key, which will change the background color of the image to white, then show the “Soft Proofing” sub-menu on the top right side of the Develop panel:

Lightroom 4 Soft Proofing

From there, you can select different color profiles, including custom ones that you might have for your printer or monitor.

12) Photo Book / Album Creation

I personally do not care much for this feature, because Lola and I outsource books and albums through professional labs and design companies. If you want to print your own albums or create nice-looking PDF files, then Lightroom 4 has a full-featured Photo Book creation functionality. You can do all kinds of things in the new “Book” module – from choosing size and paper type, to how images are formatted in the album with text and images. There are some nice built-in presets to choose from. Here is how the book module looks like:

Lightroom 4 Photo Book

13) Online Image Sharing

Lightroom 4 has many more online image sharing options compared to Lightroom 3. Now you can add all kinds of publish services – from Facebook to MobileMe Gallery. A boatload of downloadable services for both Mac and Windows can be found here.

14) Built-in Email Functionality

Lightroom 4 has built-in email functionality as well. While this is another feature that I personally do not care about, you might find it useful to email from within Lightroom without having to open your email program. In order to email a photo or a group of photos, just select the images in Lightroom, then right click an image and select “Email Photo…” or go to “File->Email Photo…”. A new window will pop-up that looks like this:

Lightroom 4 Email Photo

You type the email address of the recipient, a subject line and some text in the image body. Then pick the size of the image (choose from a list of presets or create a new one) and click “Send”. Lightroom will use your default mail client that is set up on your machine to send the email.

15) One Click Chromatic Aberration Removal

Within the “Lens Corrections” sub-module you will now find a new “Remove Chromatic Aberration” option that Adobe calls “one click chromatic aberration removal”:

Chromatic Aberration Removal

I tried this on some images and found it to work fairly well. You no longer have to mess with different chromatic aberration sliders as you had to in Lightroom 3, which is very nice, because it will save you a lot of time.

16) Other Noteworthy Features and Issues

There are other noteworthy features and advantages of Lightroom 4 that are not there in Lightroom 3, in addition to some known issues:

  1. Faster speed in working with DNG files. Under Lightroom 4 Preferences there is now a new “Embed Fast Load Data” setting under “File Handling”, checked by default. Indeed, images that I imported into Lightroom and converted to DNG now work much faster when I am in Develop module. This is because a file preview is now added to the image upon import. If you are worried about file size implications, I would recommend to turn it off.
  2. The “Clarity” slider under the “Basic” sub-module now behaves very differently. Looks like its power has been increased, so be careful when using it above +25.
  3. While exporting images you now have more options for selective Metadata (EXIF) removal. Now you can choose between “Copyright Only”, “Copyright & Contact Info Only”, “All Except Camera & Camera RAW Info” and “All”. There is also an option to remove GPS Location. Too bad there is still no way to select what to include in EXIF.
  4. The “Post-Processing” feature is broken/buggy. I can no longer selectively remove EXIF data as I show in my “How to remove EXIF data” article.
  5. The upgrade process loses some custom point curves.
  6. Lightroom complaints about the need for ACR 7.0 when opening RAW images, even after ACR 6.7 is installed. Clicking “Open Anyway” works for now.
  7. Some people are reporting performance issues with Lightroom 4 on some computers.

Looks like Adobe is investigating the above issues and working on them at the moment. A patch/newer Lightroom 4 version that addresses all these problems should soon be available for download.

17) Price and Where to Buy Lightroom 4

Adobe changed its pricing policy on Lightroom with the introduction of Lightroom 4. Previously, Lightroom was priced at $299 retail, with a $150 upgrade price. The price since then has dropped to $150 for a retail version and just $79 for an upgrade, which is great news! Here are the links to purchase Lightroom 4 from B&H:

  1. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Full Version for Mac and Windows – $149
  2. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Upgrade for Mac and Windows – $79
  3. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Student and Teacher Edition for Mac and Windows – $79

I hope you enjoyed this Lightroom 4 Review and comparison with Lightroom 3. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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  1. March 14, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Very nice article. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 2) Frank
    March 14, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I beta tested 4 and was very impressed; however, I couldn’t pass up getting 3 for $70. I thought if I went this route, I would be saving quite a lot of money. I had no idea 4 was going to come out at such a low price. I still saved some money – enough to help me get the complete Nik package.
    Thanks for this post (and the heads-up on the LR3 deal), but I’m not quite convinced that the 2012 version is better either. Oh well, you can’t have everything, I guess.
    I love your site and appreciate all the work you put into it, along with keeping us updated on new products. I just don’t see where you find the time to shoot.
    Thank you,

  3. March 14, 2012 at 6:58 am

    LR4 is amazing. I was using the Beta and currently using it for 30 day trial. Pictures just look better in LR4. My only beef with it is that plugins dont work. Hopefully Adobe can fix that issue before I pull the trigger on the upgrade.

    • March 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm

      Mudassir, I believe the issue with the Nik plugins has already been addressed with the latest versions of Nik Software.

  4. 4) John Jury
    March 14, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Thank you for the very useful review.
    1. Nik have released a LR4 update for Viveza 2
    2. Although I will probably not use it too much, an advantage of the email facility is that it saves the need to export a raw image in jpeg format

    • March 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

      John, thanks for letting me know about Viveza. Do you know if other plugins have also been updated? I have not had a chance to go back and check the latest versions yet. As for the email functionality, it only works if you have a local email client configured, so I am not sure how useful it would be for most people out there that rely on web-based email systems.

  5. 5) Patrick Sullivan
    March 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

    We really do need to kill Microsoft Windows XP.

    • March 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Patrick, I agree…it is about time to retire it completely. Microsoft is committed to XP till 2014, but that’s because of large organizations that still use it.

  6. March 14, 2012 at 9:11 am

    As always thank you for your information on Lightroom 4. I have already updated my Lightroom3 to Lightroom 4 and have found the speed much faster and have discovered some of the new advantages to 4.

    I was wondering if you are ever planning on doing an in-depth tutorial on Lightroom 4 so that we can take full advantage of what it has to offer. I am sure that even with Lightroom 3 I was not taking full advantage of everything it had to offer. You kind of find things that work well for you and probably leave a lot of things out. But now I would really like to understand Lightroom 4 and would really appreciate a good in depth study of it.

    I am more than happy to pay for this information and if you are not planning on doing such a study is there some tutorial that you would recommend ?

    I value your opinion and would love to learn as much as possible about Lightroom 4 for my business.

    Thank you in advance .

    jack mitchell

    • March 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Jack, we will certainly be publishing more Lightroom tutorials in the future. Not sure if I could do a big in-depth article, because it would take a long time with too many screenshots, but a video tutorial might be more viable and engaging.

  7. 7) Matt
    March 14, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Great article, Nasim! Quick question: Do the white and black sliders in the basic panel adjust luminosity only, or are they tied to saturation as well, like the old black slider?

    • March 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Matt, I think it is luminosity only from what I can tell on the whites. Saturation does get affected a little with the black slider though I think.

  8. 8) Marcus
    March 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Several of the new features made me upgrade to LR4 instantly, even though I don’t notice a dramatic speed increase (my PC is no slouch but I have my images on a single, fast HD and my catalog/cache on SSDs – perhaps I need a RAID array to see a major improvement?).

    However, one of the most noteworthy parts of your review is this bit here:
    “The new adjustments definitely do impact images, so make sure not to convert the process version to 2012 without understanding these implications.”
    I can’t stress enough how important this is in regards to “transferring” your image catalogue to the new version: DON’T BLINDLY UPDATE TO PROCESS VERSION 2012!

    I have several images (not only mine but also some RAWs from other camera models) I tested this with and the conversion would have destroyed my work on these images nearly completely! Night shots are especially affected, it seems.
    Do a conversion on a case by case basis and preview the changes (you get the option to do a side by side comparison)!

    I had no problems with the integration of the Photomatix Pro (v4.1.4) plugin – everything worked as before without me having to reinstall anything.

    • March 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Marcus, I do not have an SSD RAID array (a single SSD drive with my catalog files on it) and yet my Lightroom 4 flies… I do not think you need to go that far :)

      Thanks for letting me know about PhotoMatix!

  9. 9) Dan Ratliff
    March 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

    When installing LR 4 upgrade, should LR 3 be deleted first or will the upgrade automatically take care of all this? Or will LR 3 remain a separate program?

    • 9.1) Marcus
      March 14, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Just install the LR4 upgrade. It installs in a separate folder and creates a new catalogue from your existing one. For me it worked pretty automatic – but if it asks you if you want to upgrade all your existing images to process version 2012 you may want to skip this (see my post above).
      This upgrade won’t delete anything and it will import your LR3 settings.

      LR3 is separate and continues to use the old catalogue and you can keep it around if you feel the need or must have it.
      You can also deinstall LR3 with the normal method.

  10. March 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    A Lightroom 4 video tutorial would be really great and so helpful for so many of us out here. Just another something you could add to your long list of “things to do” in all of your spare time. :>)

    Really appreciate all of your insight

    jack mitchell

    • March 14, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Sounds good Jack, will add it to the list :)

  11. 11) Alan
    March 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Nasim, Do you know if or when LR4’s ACR 7 will be available as an upgrade for CS5 Bridge/Photoshop

    • March 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Alan, I think ACR 7 will be shipped together with Photoshop CS6. Before that we should be getting ACR 6.7 final release…

  12. 12) Collins
    March 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Nasim

    If i’m getting the facts straight
    LR3 will not support the D800 ???

    Which means i will need to upgrade to LR4 if i want to use lightroom with D800 NEF files?

    • March 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Collins, no, that’s not right – LR3 already supports D800 with the latest version of Adobe Camera RAW (6.7 Beta).

  13. 13) john
    March 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I use LR4 for a few days, and it is disappointingly sloooooow. This is a hot issue in adobe forum. I wonder if you see the same slowness

    • March 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      John, I have it installed on three machines and it works super fast for me…all Intel Core i7 machines with at least 8GB of RAM.

    • 13.2) Marcus
      March 14, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      It seems to me that LR4 needs to refresh all preview images (the cache). Once the preview is rebuilt an image should be handled (at least) at the same speed as before.

    • 13.3) Frank
      March 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      I have LR4 beta installed on an Intel Core i3 with 4GB of RAM, and I have not experienced any slowness. I also had NIK plug-ins installed without experiencing any problems like others have mentioned in the forums. It’s weird how some experience problems, while others do not.

  14. 14) Dan Ratliff
    March 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Will PS5 accept the D800 for Camera Raw like LR4 or will a plug-in or update be required?

  15. March 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I really enjoy the new features in the ‘develop’ engine of LR4. My pictures look better and cleaner.
    What gets me though is the laggy response of the sliders and overall speed of the whole thing. It’s much slower than LR3 on my MacBook Pro with 8 GB of memory and that’s really shits me. I just wonder why it is so jerky on my machine.

  16. 16) GavIn Lister
    March 15, 2012 at 12:12 am

    Hi Nasim. One feature I am paying a lot of attention to is the use of lossy compression for DNG conversion. If you are taking 1000′s of photos in a sitting this could be a real benefit for potential D800 users. Changes in size vary from little to 70% reduction!

    I’m not too technical but it seems pretty good and have compared converted jpegs and so far have seen no difference at all in size or quality. Also if you have any doubts you can leave your ‘picks’ in RAW or uncompressed DNG formats.

    What are your thoughts on this? Can you see any significant disadvantages?

    Thanks for a great and informative blog.

  17. 17) Carl TightShooster
    March 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Thank you for your review Nasim,
    just one hint for users with Plugins and final LR4; there is an issue that external plugins like the Nik Plugin suite could not be used with LR4; Something which worked fine in LR4 Beta;
    The offical Adobe Forum ..

    PS.: I was also affected; under Max OS X the workaround was installing Photoshop CS5!!

  18. 18) Max
    March 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Lightroom 4 works really slow on my computer (2.66 mhz, 4 gig memory, dualcore).

    The sliders react with a delay wich makes the program terrible useless for me. Lightroom 3 works fine and without any problem. Unless Adobe solves the problem I recommand to skip this update.

    Please google “Lightroom 4 + slow”. Everybody is complaining!

    I get the feeling that many websites with positive reviews are sponsored by Adobe or the testers just use the newest and very very fastest computers !

  19. 19) Max
    March 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

    P.S. I discovered that the problem exists especially in a dual monitor setup. By the way, I just put 2 gig. extra memory in my computer, the problem with the slider delay still the same. Using just one monitor the problem is (nearly) gone. Here I use a 64 bits system with windows 7, now 6 gig memory.

    • April 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Max, have you tried updating to LR 4.1 beta that has recently come out?

      • 19.1.1) Max
        April 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

        No I used lightroom 4.0 , but I downloaded it very recent. I will look for it on the Adobe website. Thanks for the tip.

  20. 20) Callum
    March 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    I wish I had paid more attention to Nasim’s write up! I converted all my photos to 2012 process without thinking. Made a right mess of a few, especially low light shots such as dawn landscapes. Really blows out all highlights/overexposes. Doesn’t take too long to fix and the re-done files look better to my eye (more detail in shadows for example) but be warned!

  21. March 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    This is exactly the information I was looking for! I can’t believe that a company like Adobe doesn’t make this information available on their website. So much important stuff for professionals to be aware of… Thank you!

    In the past, I have been able to use earlier versions of LR after upgrading, if the new one has too many bugs. Do you know if this is still the case?

    Also, can you revert images that have been converted via the new Image Process Version 2012?

  22. 22) dante
    April 4, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Dear Nasim,
    Thanks for your review. I’ve been a user of Capture One Pro and in terms of usability was quite a pain for me. Now I got a Nikon D800 (not supported yet by C.ONE Pro) and I can’t choose between capture NX2 and Lightroom 4. I read that NX2 has a better recognition of NEF files whereas LR4 has a better interface, is easier and faster to use. I really need your advise. Thanks.

    • 22.1) Matt
      April 4, 2012 at 1:13 am

      In my opinion, Adobe’s rendition of NEF files has grown to be nearly as good as, if not better than Nikon’s, and the interface really is 1000 times better. Go with Lightroom.

    • April 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Totally agree with Matt – I would pick LR4 over NX or any other product out there, including Aperture.

      • 22.2.1) dante
        April 5, 2012 at 2:13 am

        Dear Nasim and Matt, thanks for your reply. I’ll go with LR4 and let you know.

  23. 23) dante
    April 5, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I see from Adobe website that LR$ supports D800, but I just read of that some users are facing a number of issues with NEF files and LR4 such as:
    – it is impossible to view/import NEF (unless a prior conversion in DNG);
    – Live View stops you from importing image;
    – NEF files can be imported, previewed, and exported, but the user cannot get into develop mode…
    Can you help with this?
    Thanks again

  24. 24) Hank Dinardo
    April 5, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Nasim I downloaded LR4.1 and have ACR 6.7 but it won’t import NEF files straight from the Nikon D800? I must be missing something.

  25. 25) Bintang
    April 6, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Dear Nasim,
    what are your experiences regarding the mass D800 raw (more than 100 pictures at once) processing capabilities of LR4? I have read news that Lightroom doen’t utilize more than 4 Gbyte Ram, even if there is more available. According to some people in my D800 forum, processing can be very sluggish, even with a powerful computer.

  26. 26) Fred Cassara
    May 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm


    An Aperture 3 user I’ve been seriously considering using LR4. Workflow and user interface is so nice with Aperture especially for sports, that it’s making the switch difficult. I’m hoping you might shine some light on it. Looking for the best image quality for printing on Canon ipf6300.

    Thanks kindly,


  27. 27) Tim
    May 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Your first line ….’Adobe has finally released the latest and greatest Lightroom 4’….
    – Really?? – Adobe until now only released v4 beta versions, containing a lot of bugs!
    So, greatest LR4…. no way!

    • 27.1) Frank
      May 18, 2012 at 5:53 am

      Tim, any beta program is going to have “a lot of bugs!” That is why they have people like you and I to do beta testing – find and report the bugs we find. And yes, Lightroom 4 is the greatest Lightroom to date.

      • 27.1.1) Tim
        May 18, 2012 at 6:14 am

        Frank, sure any beta program has bugs so far so good. BUT beta versions are mostly for free right?
        In this case a lot of people have bought (March) the program for $$ you know. So, Adobe is asking paying customers beta testing for free, or do I miss something? This kind of games is not my cup of thee. If you are willing testing payed software, be my guest!

  28. 28) vinh
    May 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I just got the LR4 as a free trial, and there’s so much I can do that I can not do with my coral photoshop before. but I have one question, how do I save the pictures that adjust on LR4 as RAW into jpeg or burn video onto dvd? thx

  29. 29) Phil R
    July 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    LR4 is slow it’s time Adobe got a grip on GPU assisted software!

  30. 30) Simon Ocean
    August 9, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Hi Nasim,

    Have you had chance to look at Apple Aperture 3? How do you rate this software as an alternative to the Adobe solutions?

    Thank you, Simon.

  31. 31) A.J.
    November 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Any idea if LR4 will run smoothly on those damn good looking ultrabks with following specs:-

    – Processor Type Core Dual-core (2 Core) i5
    – 4GB RAM
    – SSD 128 GB storage
    – Graphics Controller Model HD 4000
    – Graphics Memory Technology DDR3 SDRAM
    – Graphics Memory Accessibility Shared

    Thank you.

  32. 32) Zsolt
    December 20, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I found LR4 is much slower on my PC comparing to ver.3.
    PC specs:
    Intel core 2 duo CPU 2.94 GHz 2 cores
    8 GB RAM
    Onboard graphic chip
    Dell U2412 monitor.

    When I am testing the software performance with PCI Express slot-in video card added still cannot see much speed up. When I am editing the raw files I can see my CPU is running on 100% most of the time. The same thing when exporting to jpgs.
    Am I right when assume LR speed is only affected by the CPU and the GPU, so vga card performance is irrelevant?
    So, then the only way to achieve decent processing performance is upgrading the PC to i5 or i7?
    Thanks for your recommendation!
    All the best,

  33. 33) Shan
    February 7, 2013 at 10:19 am

    How would you compare Apple Aperture to LR?

  34. 34) Elmar van H
    April 8, 2013 at 12:09 am


    I was wondering if my HP laptop is capeble of working with LR4.

    Windows 7 Home premium
    AMD Athlon(tm) II Dual Core M300 (2.0 Ghz)
    4 Gb RAM
    32 bits

    And it is the 32 bits i am most affraid of. Would that be a problem?

    Kind regards,


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