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Lightroom 5.3 supports Nikon Df and D610, Lumia 1020 phone

The latest version of Adobe's photography software can handle raw photos from Nokia's high-end Windows smartphone and a host of new higher-end cameras.

Lightroom 5.3
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Adobe Systems released Lightroom 5.3 on Thursday, extending its support to two Nikon full-frame SLRs, the enthusiast-oriented Nikon Df, and one of the two first mobile phones that can produce raw photos, the Nokia Lumia 1020.

Nokia just released the Lumia 1520 phablet, making it the first phone that can produce raw images -- those that record the unprocessed sensor data before conversion into more convenient but less flexible formats like JPEG. For Adobe, though, it's the more mainstream Lumia 1020 that got the first Lightroom support, although its software won't be updated to handle raw photos until early 2014.

In other mobile-phone news, Lightroom 5.3 also can correct lens problems from Apple's iPhone 5s, along with a range of lenses from Sony, Nikon, and Canon. The iPhone 5S can't produce raw files, but Lightroom support means the software can counteract distortion and vignetting.

The software is a 480.6MB download for OS X and an 872MB download for Windows.

Adobe released the software the same day it's scheduled to report financial results for its fiscal 2013. Although Lightroom still can be purchased for about $150 with traditional perpetual licensing, which grants a user the right to use that version of the software forever, the company is moving most of its software to its Creative Cloud subscription programs, including the new Photoshop Photography Program for $10 a month for those who sign up by the end of the year. That promotion from Adobe seems to have drawn new subscribers, something Adobe no doubt appreciates since in recent quarters its stock price has risen in conjunction with Creative Cloud subscriptions.

Here's the full list of newly supported cameras, according to the Adobe blog post on Lightroom 5.3:

  • Canon EOS M2
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Casio EX-10
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon Df
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10
The new version of Lightroom also added tethered shooting support for Canon's EOS Rebel T4i (aka the 650D in Europe or the Kiss X6i in Asia), meaning people can slurp photos over a USB cable directly into Lightroom as they're taken.

Finally, Lightroom 5.3 boosts many of Olympus' high-end compact cameras by adding support for color profiles that let Lightroom users more easily reproduce the color and tonal settings available on the camera: natural, muted, portrait, and vivid.