Camera Raw 8.1 Release Candidate for Photoshop CS6 Now Available

Camera Raw 8.1 and DNG Converter 8.1 Release Candidates are now available on Adobe Labs  This release includes support for HiDPI capable displays, bug fixes, new camera support, and new lens profiles.

Photoshop CS6 customers traditionally have received camera updates through Camera Raw 7.x releases.  This is the first time that we are providing camera support through a version of the camera raw plug-in that is a whole version number greater than the version of Camera Raw that shipped with a specific version of Photoshop. (Photoshop CS6 shipped with ACR7 and now we’re providing support to CS6 with ACR8.)  As mentioned here, this change allows us to be consistent with our past policy of providing raw support for currently shipping products.  However, when ACR8 is hosted by Photoshop CS6, it will not offer any of the new features described in Photoshop CC marketing materials for ACR8.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.1 Release Candidate

  • Hasselblad H5D-60
  • Olympus PEN E-P5
  • Olympus PEN E-PL6
  • Phase One IQ260*
  • Pentax Ricoh GR
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1

* denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.1 Release Candidate

Lens Name

Lens Mount

Canon PowerShot G1 X


Canon PowerShot G15


Hasselblad HCD 4.8/24


Nikon Coolpix A


Nikon Coolpix P330


Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR


HD Pentax-D FA645 Macro 90mm F2.8ED AW SR


HD Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6ED AW


Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013

Canon, Sigma

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM C013


Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN A013

Olympus, Sony

Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN A013

Olympus, Sony

Zeiss Apo Sonna T* 2/135 ZE


Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 ZF.2


Zeiss Touit 1.8/32


Zeiss Touit 2.8/12


Release Notes

Camera Raw 8.1 RC includes support for HiDPI capable displays.  

Thank You

12 Responses to Camera Raw 8.1 Release Candidate for Photoshop CS6 Now Available

  1. John says:

    LR 4.4 user, can’t find (current existence of) or promise of support for Nikon 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm – can you advise?

  2. I just joined Creative Cloud on the (mistaken) assumption that I would be able to pick up new PS CS6 features (apparently I have to Deregister in order to get any new features unless/until Photoshop CC is released in June.

    Not great, but I also thought from reading the 8.1 beta materials that I should be able to install ACR 8.1 so I downloaded it, unzipped it into a folder and then ran the executable: “AdobePatchInstaller.exe” in the directory where all the files were unpacked. This resulted in the following:

    Thinking that the instructions say “run and follow directions” I also tried downloading and runing the single exe executable and got the same result.

    I’m using Window 7, 64-bit. Ideas?

  3. Well, it looks like my attempt to embed the error message pop up image failed… the message says:

    Update Failed.
    Updates could not be applied
    Adobe Application Manager may be damaged. Download and install a new copy of Adobe Application Manager.

  4. Raghu Ranjan Sarkar says:

    I purchased Canon 5d Mark III camera including a CD EOS Digital Solution Version 25.1.2 which loaded in my computer. But images captured by 5D Mark III in Raw format not opining with CS5 & also CS6 . Please give me valuable instruction solve it.

  5. John Chappell says:

    I have an apple and CS6 and would like to know how to get the Camera raw 8.1


    • Pete Green says:

      The download links are on this page, or try Help > Updates from within photoshop.

  6. Saqib Khan says:

    I have ordered Adobe LR 5 upgrade, while I already own LR 4 and PS CS6. How can LR 5 be used with PS CS6, when all the features in LR 5 are not supported by the Camera Raw 8.1 for PS CS6? Thanks

  7. M.Naveen says:

    I need Adobe Camera Raw CR2 8.1

    • M.Naveen says:

      I have Canon EOS Digital 650D camera.I have Camera Raw 7.0. But, images captured in Raw format not opining with CS6 . Please give me valuable instruction solve it.