Camera Raw 8.5 RC and DNG Converter 8.5 RC Now Available

Camera Raw 8.5 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.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.5 Release Candidate

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fuji FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 (*)

* denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.5 Release Candidate

Lens Name Lens Mount
Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 Fuji
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Nikon
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Nikon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Canon, Nikon, Sigma
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Canon, Nikon, Sigma
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 Pentax, Sony
Sony E 18-50mm F4-5.6 Sony E
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N Nikon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016E Canon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016N Nikon

Release Notes

Camera Raw 8.5 introduces the following new features for Photoshop CC customers:

  • Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:
    • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new ‘Brush’ mode (next to existing ‘New’ and ‘Edit’ mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
    • Use the ‘Brush +’ and ‘Brush -‘ icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
    • Press the ‘Clear’ button to remove all brush modifications from the currently selected mask.
    • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.
  • Mask visualization is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press ‘Y’ to toggle the mask overlay.
  • Added new Per-Panel Preview default toggle
    • If the current panel’s settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults
    • Clicking the button again will restore the previous settings
    • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls
    • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After pane.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
    Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog.
      • Nikon D1
      • Nikon D1H
      • Nikon D1X
      • Nikon D2H
      • Nikon D2Hs
      • Nikon D2X
      • Nikon D2Xs
      • Nikon D100
      • Nikon D200


14 Responses to Camera Raw 8.5 RC and DNG Converter 8.5 RC Now Available

  1. Rob Cole says:

    Will the new ACR code be available as part of Lightroom as a Lr5.5 release candidate, or not until final release?

  2. Filipe Morais says:

    What about support for the Sigma SD1 Merrill?

  3. Peter R Hawkes says:

    I have my Lightroom 5 catalog preferences set to ‘Auto write changes to XMP’ does this work in reverse i.e. if I load this RC and use with Bridge to make adjustments to the Raw image will they show in LR or will there be problems!!?

    Peter H

  4. How do I install the DNG converter? I ran the installer but only Camera Raw is updated …

  5. Py Fung says:

    When will camera raw and lightroom support Sony A77ii?

  6. Jean-Jacques MEYER says:

    How to download Camera Raw 8.5 RC for Photoshop CC ?

    • rikkflohr says:

      The RC version or ‘release candidates’ are available only at Adobe Labs. Once their full version releases (8.5-final released on 6/18) they are removed from the site. If you update your Photoshop CC via the Creative Cloud app, it will update you to the latest Camera Raw.

  7. Don Tomick says:

    Nikon is releasing a new camera, the D810 on July 17. When will Adobe add this camera to an updated Camera Raw version?

  8. Been successfully using PSE 10.0 for a few years, but recently found that PSE 10.x will not edit Nikon 1 V3 RAW camera files? Is there an update to 10.x that allows Nikon 1 V3 RAW file edits?