It is not every day Adobe goes back and changes the de-mosaicing algorithms for previously supported cameras, but this time they've done it, and the first preliminary reports are in. DPreview's Amadou Diallo runs some tests with a couple of X-Pro1 raw files:
"Capture One Pro 7 produces more crisp results than ACR with contrast and saturation defaults that more closely mimic the in-camera JPEG. Having said that, however, ACR 7.4 RC avoids the edge halos and even more obvious aliasing patterns that exist in the Capture One Pro 7 renderings of our real world and studio test scene. Overall, the ACR 7.4 RC files deliver more realistic, natural results in areas of organic low-contrast detail like the foliage in the street scene above and the fuzzy balls in the studio scene below."
Furthermore the general consensus of X-Pro1/X-E1 camera owners is generally very positive. Most people claim they get results roughly on par with what they get from Capture 1 pro 7.02, and that's a good thing. There's still some way to go until both programs deliver excellent results, but the situation is far better now, than it was just a couple of months ago.
The updated Lightroom and ACR versions do not only add (improved) support for Fiji's X-Trans family, but also for most of the latest cameras and lenses announced, and a couple of bugfixes too. They even include support for the Haselblad
Lunatic Lunar, I had to double check the calendar but no, its not April the 1st yet. Anyway, here's the full Release notes file:
Lightroom 4.4 Release Candidate includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras with the X-Trans sensor. This specifically impacts the following cameras:
New Camera Support
The following new cameras are now supported:
Canon EOS 1D C
Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
Nikon 1 V3
Nikon 1 S1
New Lens Profile SupportLens Name Lens Mount
Canon 24-70 f/4L IS Canon
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM Sony, Pentax
Sigma APO MACRO 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Sony
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 Canon, Sigma, Nikon
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 Canon, Sigma
The following issues have been fixed in Lightroom 4.4 release candidate:
The crop overlay tool resized incorrectly when used in conjunction with the “Constrain to Crop” checkbox in the Lens Correction panel
Background graphics were not correctly rendered within the Book Module
The supplied lens profile for the Sony RX-1 did not contain vignette information
Previews of photos in portrait orientation were blurry when viewed in the filmstrip in the Develop module. (Mac only)
Stack badges displayed the wrong count when creating new stack that included a preexisting stack.
The Filter scrollbar within the Library module was not rendering properly.
Another year, another LR beta. Some hots & nots: Lots of video functionality added, like cropping and effects, geo-tagging and soft-proofing, but face detection didn't make it. And its still bad at making cofeee:
"New tools to enhance and share your digital photograph library . . . read more
A few new cameras are supported in this final version:
Canon" EOS-1D X, PowerShot G1 X, PowerShot S100
Fujifilm: FinePix F505 EXR, FinePix F605 EXR, FinePix HS30 EXR, FinePix HS33 EXR
Nikon: D4, D800, D800E . . . read more
No longer the stuff of rumors, here's the E-M5 straight from the horse's mouth: