May 14, 2010

Camera Raw 6.1 comes to Labs, adding lens correction

Camera Raw 6.1 is now available in preview form on Adobe Labs. The release improves performance & fixes a crashing bug on OS X. The release includes camera support for the following models:

  • Canon EOS 550D (Digital Rebel T2i/ EOS Kiss X4 Digital)
  • Kodak Z981
  • Leaf Aptus-II 8
  • Leaf Aptus-II 10R
  • Mamiya DM40
  • Olympus E-PL1
  • Olympus E-600
  • Panasonic G2
  • Panasonic G10
  • Sony A450

Release notes courtesy of the Lightroom Journal:

  • Camera Raw 6.1 includes new lens correction functionality that can apply profile-based corrections to accommodate geometric distortions, chromatic aberration and lens vignette effects. Manual corrections for geometric distortion as well as vertical and horizontal perspective transforms are also available. A handful of lens profiles are included for automatic correction and more can be created by the community with the Adobe Lens Profile Creator.
  • This release addresses a bug on the Mac platform that could cause Photoshop CS5 to quit unexpectedly when opening a file in the Camera Raw 6.0 plug-in.
  • This release contains performance enhancements designed to improve the responsiveness of the controls and the scrolling mechanism relative to Camera Raw 6.0.
  • The camera support provided in this release was previously provided in the Camera Raw 5.7 plug-in update with the exception of the Olympus E-600 which is new to this update. Please read this post for an explanation of why redundant support has been released.
  • Please provide feedback on the Camera Raw plug-in on the User-to-User forums.
Posted by John Nack at 7:48 AM on May 14, 2010


  • Klaus Nordby — 10:32 AM on May 14, 2010

    First impression of the lens correction: wonderful! I’ve long been considering buying DxO Optics Pro — but now it seems I may be able to avoid that expense and hassle. I’ve not yet tried making my own lens correction profiles, but it’s on my todo. It’s just splendid to get this in ACR/LR — my compliments to all involved!

  • Scott Graham — 4:17 PM on May 14, 2010

    so ACR is a beta, ok
    and it will put up a message once a day reminding us
    what a pain

  • John Hoffman — 11:11 AM on May 15, 2010

    I for one am glad that Adobe posts betas of updates to allow enthusiasts to try out new improvements and to help make sure that the updates are bug-free before release as an update to those less inclined to play with software. I wish other software vendors did the same.
    Let’s see–clicking once a day to remove the beta warning will add somewhere around 0.001% to my mouse-clicks in a single day. Between now and when ACR 6.1 is released in final, the unnecessary mouse-clicks will amount to almost half the mouse-clicks it took Mr. Graham to post his complaint.
    Oh my Gawdddedddddddddd. How could Adobe impose that much effort on us??????????
    On a more serious note, John, might I suggest that you minimize the discussions of the Apple-Adobe feud? The posted comments indicate that nothing you say will convince the Apple-fans anyway, and most people reading your blog are more interested in the how-to videos, news of upcoming products and updates, etc.
    Having played with CS5 Design Suite Premium for a couple of weeks now as an amateur user, the improvements in Photoshop are astounding. The improved masking allows me to create masks of a quality that only experts could do before, and the ACR improvements to noise reduction, lens correction, etc., make many of my photos just a little bit better. The content-aware fill is also a blessing for certain situations I encounter frequently. Being involved with dog rescue, I frequently try to remove a dog’s leash from a photo. The content-aware healing brush makes the job a lot easier.
    Thank you for the great new features. Also thank you to Adobe for the excellent prices for academic versions of the software that allow me to buy software that would otherwise be impractical for an amateur to buy, just by taking some classes at a local community college.

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