In my last article, I compared Adobe’s new Lightroom 3 Beta 2 against Capture One 5 Pro to see which processed Canon 7D Raw file better. Lightroom 3 with its new algorithm won hands down. Adobe also just released the final version of Camera Raw 5.7. So, another comparison is necessary.
Since Adobe ignores the 7D’s in-camera noise reduction tag, I am only using one file this time (the same file as in my previous articles with Noise Reduction set to Off). Again, this file was shot as 18meg Raw file with ISO 6400, f/4.0, 1/125 shutter and available light. The wider section highlighted in red above was process through both Adobe Camera Raw 5.7 and Abobe Lightroom 3 Beta 2. The results follow:
The results are dramatic. Remember, this is ISO 6400! Adobe’s new noise reduction algorithm is clearly a generation ahead. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that Adobe will release this algorithm for Photoshop CS4. They are already promoting it for Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3. This feature alone will certainly get people to upgrade and Adobe needs the sales to make up for the dismal CS4 release. But, then again, maybe Adobe should not have increased the upgrade price during a recession.