So Adobe released a new Beta for Lightroom 3. Of course, I was hoping for better results than my last test. Unfortunately, the results were only marginally better. The results are still noisier than Capture One 5 Pro and Canon’s DPP. Take a look at the following comparisons. (Please see my previous article for samples from Capture One 5 Pro and DPP.)
However, I did notice something else. If you look at the screen capture, the red box contains a blow-up of the Detail’s panel. It shows the Luminance and the Color sliders pushed to 100%. However, the Detail and Contrast sliders are dimmed and non-adjustable. At first I thought it was still disabled just like the previous Beta, but then I tried to open a PSD file in the Beta 2 and the sliders magically came alive.
So there is still an issue with Lightroom 3 Beta 2 and the Canon 7D Raw files. I am very curious if other Raw files are treated in the same way.