July 26, 2010

Lightroom 3 “like switching to a new camera,” says DPReview

In giving Lightroom 3 a Gold award, Digital Photography Review says:

The difference between high ISO images converted using the new 2010 process compared to the older 2003 algorithm is remarkable, both in terms of detail and noise reduction. It’s not much of an exaggeration to say that at high ISO settings, switching to the new RAW processing engine is like switching to a new camera.

Elsewhere, Bright Hub gives the software a perfect 5 out of 5 “Excellent” rating and concludes, “This product stands head and shoulders above the competition in an increasingly crowded sector.”

Excellent; thanks, guys.

In other news, the LR/Enfuse multi-exposure blending plug-in has been revved to version 4. The concept is similar to HDR imaging, but the plug-in authors say their approach produces more natural-looking images.

Posted by John Nack at 9:42 AM on July 26, 2010


  • ricardo galvão — 10:49 AM on July 26, 2010

    It’s true…
    see below:
    Camera: Canon Sx20iS (compacta tiny sensor)
    Zoom optical + digital


  • Lighting - Ellen — 10:02 PM on July 26, 2010

    your blog is too fine. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Thomas — 1:23 AM on July 27, 2010

    I hope Adobe manages to recover some database performance with upcoming bugfix updates – keywording and rating photos took a serious performance hit for me (CPU maxing out repeatedly for several seconds).

  • Bill Dodwell — 4:42 AM on July 27, 2010

    John – upgrading from 2.7 to 3 on Windows 7 didn’t go quite as smoothly as I’d hoped. The program doesn’t offer to remove 2.7 (or even mention it) – although it did pick up automatically the serial number. When I then removed 2.7 through the Programs and Features function, the Windows Explorer dialog to open photos in Lightroom 3 no longer worked. Repair had no effect either, so I had to remove Lightroom 3 completely and then reinstall.
    Hope this is useful feedback.

    • Becky — 11:24 AM on July 27, 2010

      To Bill,

      It’s intentional that Lightroom 3 doesn’t remove previous versions. Many of our customers prefer to have both installed side-by-side, until they’re familiar with the new version. As you noted, you can remove previous versions easily through Programs and Features.

      I’m really not clear what you mean by the Windows Explorer dialogs opening photos in Lightroom 3. Do you mean you want to drag photos from Windows into Lightroom 3?

    • Bill Dodwell — 2:54 AM on July 28, 2010

      John – the Windows Explorer dialog pops up when a CompactFlash card is put into a Windows machine. The box pops up to offer the option to load the photos via Lightroom, Bridge (I have Photoshop as well) or the standard Microsoft options. My point was that the option to use Lightroom 3 didn’t work, until I’d removed and reinstalled Lightroom 3.

  • Trent Anderson — 5:12 AM on July 27, 2010

    I’ve been using Bridge through CS3-5 and I wonder if it is worth aquiring Lightroom 3. Is it so unique a product that I would not find some of it’s
    offerings in CS5?

  • Rick Burress — 9:56 AM on July 27, 2010

    If the rave reviews are for the Noise reduction in Lightroom, then those same RAVES would apply to the “Free” Adobe Bridge (with ACR 6.1) as well, would it not?

    I like free.



  • Richard — 11:04 AM on July 27, 2010

    I find it very strange that dpreview raves about LR3, while on the LR forum many many people complain about performance issues. LR3 being slower than 2.7

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