Camera Raw 8.4 RC and DNG Converter 8.4 RC Now Available

Camera Raw 8.4 is now available as a release candidate on Adobe Labs for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC on Adobe Labs.

As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support,  lens profile support, and bug fixes.  The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.

This release candidate has dropped support for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OSX 10.6 for Photoshop CS6 customers.  Impacted customers can continue either update to compatible operating system or continue to use Camera Raw 8.3 for Photoshop CS6.     Photoshop CS6 customers on Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion), Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) will not be impacted and will continue to receive updated camera support through future ACR 8.x dot releases.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.4 Release Candidate

  •  Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D4S
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (*)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)

* denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.4 Release Candidate

Mount Name
Apple   Apple iPhone 5c
Canon   Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon   Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM EXT
Canon Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Canon SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
Canon Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE
DJI Phantom Vision FC200 (for raw files)
Fujifilm Fujifilm X100S
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
Nikon Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
Nikon Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Nikon Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED
Nikon SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
Nikon Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2
Sigma SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
Sony E Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony FE Sony FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS
Sony Alpha Sony 20mm F2.8
Sony Alpha Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM
Sony Alpha Sony 35mm F1.4 G
Sony Alpha Sony 50mm F1.4
Sony Alpha Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA
Sony Alpha Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro
Sony Alpha Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA
Sony Alpha Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM
Sony Alpha Sony 135mm F1.8 ZA
Sony Alpha Sony DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6
Sony Alpha Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM
Sony Alpha Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA
Sony Alpha Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II
Sony Alpha Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony Alpha Sony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM
Sony Alpha Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM
Sony Alpha Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM
Sony Alpha Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM
Sony Alpha Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM

Release Notes

Camera Raw 8.4 introduces the following new features for Photoshop CC customers:

A new before/after Preview system with side-by-side and split-view support. 

  • The main idea is a simple Before/After set of image settings.
  • The Preview checkbox in earlier versions of ACR has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are:
    • Mode: Click this button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split-view modes. Click-and-hold this button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences. Keyboard shortcut: Press Q to cycle through the Preview modes.
    • Swap: Click this button to swap Before/After settings. Keyboard shortcut: Press P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only; press Shift-P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images.
    • Copy: Click this button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session. Keyboard shortcut: Press Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only. Press Shift-Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images.
  • The After preview image always reflects the current slider and tool settings (White Balance, Exposure, etc.).
  • The standard single-image view always shows the After state.
  • In the side-by-side and split-view modes, the Before settings are always shown on the left or top, and the After settings are always shown on the right or bottom.
  • The Preview Preferences dialog supports customizing the Preview modes used for cycling and some drawing options.
  • When using any tool other than Zoom and Pan (hand) in a side-by-side or split-view, changes are only allowed on the After view. Using the Crop tool will put you back into the standard single-image mode.
  • Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other.

Pet Eye correction: The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the new drop down menu in the Red Eye tool to locate and fix pet eyes.

Changes to Local Corrections:

  • Added a mechanism to quickly reset all local correction sliders (Temperature, Exposure, etc.) to zero: right-click on a local adjustment pin and choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the context menu. Another way is to click on a local adjustment pin, and then choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the flyout menu.
  • Added “Fill Image” to context menu for Radial Filter. Right-click on a radial filter adjustment pin and choose “Fill Image” from the context menu to resize the radial filter to cover the image area. (Shortcut: double-click inside the ellipse overlay for a radial filter adjustment to accomplish the same task.)
  • Added “Check All” and “Check None” buttons to Synchronize, New Preset, Save Settings, and Copy/Paste (Bridge) dialog boxes. These are shortcuts for checking all/none of the check boxes.
  • Added keyboard shortcut: When using the Crop Tool or Straighten Tool, press the X key to flip the crop aspect ratio (landscape to portrait, portrait to landscape).
  • Added explanatory note to Lens Correction “Profile” panel to indicate when built-in (metadata-based) lens profiles are automatically applied to the image.

Added context menu to Histogram pane. The context menu can be used to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). The context menu and also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings.

Added Camera Matching color profiles (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, MONOCHROME, etc.) for the following Fujifilm cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-A1
  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Fujifilm X-M1
  • Fujifilm X-S1
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujifilm X10
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Fujifilm XF1
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X100
  • Fujifilm X100S

Bug Fixes:

  • Fix bug that prevented opening Nikon D800/D800E raw images shot with a DX lens in Live View Video mode.
  • Grain effect now varies from image to image to facilitate editing time-lapse and video frame sequences.
  • Artifacts appear along edges of photo when applying grain.


24 Responses to Camera Raw 8.4 RC and DNG Converter 8.4 RC Now Available

  1. Denis de gannes says:

    Looks like a great update. Hope Lightroom gets updated soon!

  2. Steve says:

    Why would Adobe issue RC8.4 for Photoshop and not concurrently not issue a RC5.4 for LR5 ??

    What should LR5 Nikon D4S owner do.?? Subscribe to Abobe C(ash) C(ow) ??

    • Jim Bechtel says:

      PS uses plugins LR has camera raw functionality built right in. So a new release of LR would need to occur to support Nikons camera of the week philosophy.. In all fairness to Adobe .. it’s not their job to keep up with Nikons new raw releases.. They are incorporated when Adobe does a new functionality release and improvements to LR .. this is when thay add all the latest raw formats.. You’ll need to use the DNG convertor software until it comes out or PS.. Wonder why they made the raw format of the D4s different then the D4..

  3. Tom says:

    Yeah, >>finally<< lens profiles for all sorts of Sony Alpha lenses, especially the 16-50 2.8 SSM. Great!
    Now, where's the Lightroom 5.4 RC?

  4. Phil Weston says:

    How soon will Lightroom 5 support Fui X-T1 raw files?

  5. John Bugg says:

    The only solution at present seems to be – download Adobe DNG converter 8.4 and work from the DNGs. Not very convenient.

  6. I downloaded the 8.4 RC for Photoshop CC, installed and tried with a RAW file from my DJI Phantom II Vision. I get a dialog requesting Photoshop Raw Options. I tried different values to no avail. I found in the DJI forums to try:
    RAW configuation in Photoshop:
    Width: 4384;
    Height: 2464;
    Depth: 16 bit;
    Bit sequence: IBM PC;

    But it just came with a black picture with some grey shapes.

    If you need the RAW file for testing, I can provide you with several.


  7. Kathleen Brennan says:

    Please send me download link for DNG converter 8.4

  8. Lau says:

    Could you please add the RAW support for the Canon G1X Mark II.

    The Camera is already selling. Thanks

  9. Hawaii-Geek says:

    Is there any way to get the Sony 50mm f1.4 ZA SSM Lens Profile … and load it in Lightroom “NOW” ?

    • Tom says:

      If you have installed ACR 8.4RC (not sure if using a PS trial would work, too), you can copy them over from
      C:\ProgramData\Adobe\CameraRaw\LensProfiles\1.0\Sony\profile name.lcp
      C:\Users\user name\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\1.0\Sony\
      Then Lightroom can find them.

  10. George Bartley says:

    Please update to LR 5.4
    Thank you

  11. Hal Jennings says:

    I actually have LR 5.4 and just received the new Canon G1X Mark II. LR 5.4 (and ACR 8.4) have support for the RAW files (thank you very much!) but there is no lens profile for this new lens and it is desperately needed for the 24mm (35mm equiv.) end of the lens. When might this be available?


  12. John Neely says:

    The new preview system is the pits. The before and after switch shows all corrections made, not just the ones for the tool now being used (e.g. Adjustment Brush or Gradient Tool). This makes it very difficult to see what the effects of the tool being used are. Please bring back the old preview checkbox.

  13. Lyn McCarthy says:

    I have the Nikon D4s and cannot open raw files in either Lightroom or Adobe Bridge. Causing me all kinds of pain. Your posting above says that the camera is now compatible with Creative Cloud apps. Not for me. Apps are up to date. My computer uses Maverick 10.9.2. Advice needed. Thanks

  14. Dennis Huff says:

    Agree with John Neely–bring back the old preview checkbox!

  15. Ellen says:

    I just bought a Canon rebel T5, and have an older version of Photoshop (CS5), and my Mac operating system is 10.6.8. I just did an important photoshoot and mistakenly shot all RAW, and I cannot figure out how to convert the RAW files to use on my computer with my operating system. I have tried several updates, but nothing seems to be compatible. Can anyone help me please? Thanks!!!!

  16. Tara Tanaka says:

    Can you tell me when the Panasonic GH4 will be supported in Camera Raw? Thanks!

  17. Tara Tanaka says:

    Thanks Jeffrey, but I don’t see any announcements for any previous Camera Raw releases there. Is there another spot to look?
    I am just trying to get a general feel – weeks? months?