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The Canon 5D Mark IV | Adobe Already Working On Harnessing Canon’s Dual Pixel Raw

By Kishore Sawh on August 28th 2016

There’s always a lot of noise surrounding the release of a new camera, and when a follow-up to one of the most vaunted and broadly adopted DSLRs from Canon is released, it’s deafening. Canon could hardly have hoped to have had a better reception for the release of the 5D Mark IV, as even amidst the critiques the overwhelming early words are all positive. For that they can largely thank their engineering labs for coming up with teach that allows one to post process focal points and not be limited like Lytro, and then their marketing departments for coining such a hashtag worthy term to it, Dual Pixel Raw.

Dual Pixel Raw sounds great, and for some will be a huge boon for their work. On the 5D IV it serves 3 adjustment functions: Image Micro-adjustment after shooting, Bokeh Shift, and Ghosting Reduction. Image micro adjustment allows for refining a focal point in post processing; bokeh shift seems to allow some manner of defocus control, and Ghosting Reduction is self-explanatory.


The thing to keep in mind though, is that in order to actually do any of this requires the use of the Dual Pixel Raw Optimizer found in the Digital Photo Professional Software v4.5, which does come with the camera, but you won’t be able to do these corrections inside the more prominent software at this point.

This is the crux of it all, that you need to use Canon software. This would be fine, should anyone ever want to use it, but no one does really, because everyone uses Lightroom and Photoshop and Capture One and so on. So the idea of having to move files between your primary software and then Canon’s would be a pain, but perhaps not for long.


[REWIND: Canon 5D Mark IV | This is It, Finally]

Stephen Shankland at CNET reportedly spoke with Adobe spokesman Roman Skuratovskiy, who informed him Adobe is already working on updating their photo suite of applications to be able to take advantage and use Dual Pixel Raw. Given that most of the photo world uses Adobe software, it would almost seem that for Dual Pixel Raw to succeed (you can link that to 5D IV sales too) this would have to happen, and happen fast. It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that Canon is lending every possible hand and resource to Adobe in an effort to get this update ready as soon as possible. Luckily, given Adobe’s Cloud plans, one would imagine that as soon as it’s ready they could shoot the update out to everyone. Do we have a date yet? No, but we’ll reach out to Adobe this week to see what further information we can get.

For how many of you would it stop you from buying a 5D Mark IV if you could only use Dual Pixel Raw with Canon’s software for the next 6 months to a year?

Source: CNET

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  1. William Graves

    Glad to hear DPP won’t have to be a part of my workflow. Haha.

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  2. Alex. Gubariu

    That’s a wise step from Adobe and Canon. I only tried years ago, when Lightroom was only a beta, the Digital Photo Professional from Canon. By including this feature in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw the workflow is much easier.

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    • adam sanford

      I’d go a step further. This was vital to Canon’s plans. This must have been discussed / committed to with Adobe a long time ago.

      If DPRAW wasn’t ever offered with LR/ACR support, one wonders why Canon would create this innovation at all. Because if DPP is the only way to fine tune DPRAW files, no one will use it.

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    • Adam Rubinstein

      If Adobe was given the green light months ago, I don’t see why it’s not already in the pipeline. Apple does this all the time with select developers, when they want to tout how well they play with the industry—and Canon’s in a LOT deeper with Adobe than Apple is with EA.

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  3. adam sanford

    This is clever marketing — a tab in ACR or Lightroom just for some new whizbang innovation from only one company will entice out-of-brand photographers to give it a go.

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  4. Ben Perrin

    That is great news for buyers of the 5d4. I don’t know anyone who even touches Canon’s software for editing.

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