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Adobe Lightroom 5.3 extends camera support, fixes bugs. Lots of bugs.

12 December 2013, Mike Williams

Adobe has updated Lightroom to 5.3 with extended camera support, new lens profiles and a lengthy list of bug fixes.

The upgrade includes support for 20 recently-related cameras, including the Canon PowerShot S120 and EOS M2, Casio’s EX-10, Fujifilm FinePix XQ1, Nikon 1 AW1, Olympus Stylus 1, Pentax K-3 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10.

There are plenty of new lens profiles, too. Sony sees more additions than any other manufacturer, with Lightroom both catching up with older lenses (Sony 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM) and the very new (Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA), but Canon, DJI, Nikon and even Apple (Apple iPhone 5s) are also on the official change list.

For most users, though, the real gain with Lightroom 5.3 will be the host of bugs it fixes. Known issues with red eye removal, slideshows, metadata handling, Flickr publishing, catalog optimisation and more have been tracked down and eliminated. If you felt Lightroom 5.0 introduced more problems than it solved, then, you might have been right, but upgrading just might get the program working properly again.

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