Adobe has released Camera RAW 9 for Photoshop CC users in order to offer the same processing features available in the brand new Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6 software.
The whole world has recently welcomed the launch of the latest version of Lightroom, which has been split into two programs. Adobe has decided to launch a CC version of Lightroom alongside Lightroom 6 in order to include the program in the pricing package available for Creative Cloud subscribers at no extra costs.
However, some photographers are using Adobe’s Camera RAW to process their shots instead of Lightroom. The developer has not ignored these users so it has released the Camera RAW 9 update, which comes packed with the same tools as Lightroom CC/6.
Adobe Camera RAW 9 now available for download with support for HDR and Panorama Merge
The new features added to Adobe Camera RAW 9 include HDR Merge and Panorama Merge. The former allows users to combine the same scene into a single HDR RAW file, thus retaining all the information from separate files. The latter combines multiple shots and creates a panoramic shot as a RAW file, which means that users will no longer have to edit their photos before combining the files.
Just like Lightroom CC/6, the latest version of ACR supports GPU integration. The company says that Camera RAW 9 can use the dedicated graphics card of a computer for enhancing image editing speed especially when using 4K or 5K monitors.
New camera and lens profiles added to Photoshop CC and CS6 users through ACR 9 update
Leaving all the new features aside, Adobe Camera RAW 9 provides multiple bug fixes in order to make sure that users will encounter fewer issues than before.
Additionally, new cameras and lens profiles are also supported in ACR 9. It is worth noting that this update can be downloaded by Photoshop CS6 users, too. However, these customers will only receive the bug fixes and the new profiles, while the new functions, such as the HDR and Panorama Merge, will not be available.
There are dozens of newly-supported lenses from Canon, Voigtlander, Nikon, Tamron, Sigma, Sony, and ZY Optics / Mitakon among others. As for the cameras profiles, here are the models supported as of ACR 9:
- Canon 5DS, 5DS R, 750D, 760D, and EOS M3;
- Nikon D5500 and D7200;
- Samsung NX500;
- Olympus E-M5 Mark II, Stylus SH-2, and Stylus Tough TG-4;
- Panasonic GF7 and ZS50 / TZ70 / TZ71;
- Fujifilm X-A2 and XQ2;
- Hasselblad Stellar II;
- Casio EX-ZR3500.
Adobe Camera RAW 9 can be downloaded right now for Windows and Mac OS computers from the company’s website.