The latest update of Adobe’s Camera Raw software offers support for the raw files of the new Lumix S1H camera allowing still image users to get the most from the sensor’s amazing dynamic range. Update version 11.4.1 for Photoshop adds the new camera to the list of compatible products, meaning raw files can be previewed in Bridge and worked on in Camera Raw itself before being opened in Photoshop.
The update makes the application the first to offer support for S1H raw image files, and also allows us to see for the first time exactly how the camera’s sensor is able to record an impressively wide range of tones in a single exposure. Images in which highlight detail is lost in JPEG files look completely different once the raw files are opened and worked on, and information is easily drawn back into the normal tonal range from the brightest and darkest areas of the frame. Landscape images in particular show excellent detail in skies and in deep shadow from pictures taken in contrasty conditions. Pictures taken in less contrasty light also allow a much greater degree of flexibility when manipulations are required.
The update to Camera Raw should appear as an alert in your Adobe Creative Cloud interface. For more information on Camera Raw see the Adobe website, and for more about the Lumix S1H see our in-depth coverage of the camera’s new features and sample images and footage.