Adobe Systems released Lightroom 4.3 today, adding support for MacBook Pros' high-resolution Retina displays and for raw images from 20 new cameras.
The list of supported cameras includes three higher-end compact PowerShot models from Canon, the small S110, the more flexible G15, and the ultrazoom SX50 HS; the new Nikon 1 V2 compact interchangeable-lens model and lower-priced full-frame Nikon D600 SLR; and competing models from Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and Pentax. However, the D600 support is only preliminary, according to a blog post by Sharad Mangalick.
The Retina support, available only in Lightroom's library and develop modules, means that images no longer are scaled. And that's good: photos appear crisper and that thumbnail images carry a lot more information. In my testing of the release candidate version, however, I've found it's a lot harder to pixel peep when it's time for fine control over noise reduction and sharpening settings. That's because the Retina display is designed to make pixels small enough to be indistinguishable to the human eye, which means that single-pixel feature like noise are harder to pinpoint. You can of course zoom to 2:1 to expand pixels to the size they'd be in earlier Lightroom versions.
In addition, the new version fixes a number bugs and adds automated optical corrections for a host of lenses, including 24 from Leica.
The full list of newly supported cameras is as follows:
Canon EOS 6D
Canon PowerShot S110
Canon PowerShot G15
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000
Casio Exilim EX-FC300S
Nikon 1 V2
Olympus PEN E-PL5
Olympus PEN E-PM2
Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS
Pentax K-5 II
Pentax K-5 IIs
The download size of Lightroom continues to steadily increase. It's now up to 419MB for Mac OS X and 772MB for Windows.
Lightroom is geared for editing raw photos, the images taken directly from camera image sensors without in-camera processing into JPEGs. Lightroom 4.3 is accompanied by Adobe's DNG Converter 7.3, which converts proprietary raw images into the DNG format Adobe is trying to standardize, and by the Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 plug-in for Photoshop.
Adobe brought Retina support to Photoshop and Illustrator earlier this week.