In my previous article, Lightroom 3 was the clear winner over Adobe Camera Raw 5.7. But, now that CS5 has been released, there is a new Bridge and ACR in town. Adobe is using their new Noise Reduction algorithm in both Adobe Camera Raw 6 and Lightroom 3. But, would Adobe hold back to force photographers into LR3? Take a look.
I used the same Canon 7D Raw file from my previous article. Again, this file was shot as 18meg Raw file with ISO 6400, f/4.0, 1/125 shutter, available light and in-camera noise reduction turned off. (Adobe ignores Canon’s Noise Reduction setting anyway when processing a Raw file.) As you can see from the above samples, they are virtually identical and took seconds to accomplish.
I have been dying to do this comparison. I am very impressed with CS5 Bridge and ACR6. Adobe has packed more of the Lightroom’s batching features into Bridge. Before you purchase Lightroom3, you must take a look at CS5 Bridge!