Adobe Lightroom 4 released

Adobe just officially released Lightroom 4 (as expected). The full version costs $149.00 and is now available for pre-order at B&H.

The upgrade version costs $79.

For student and teacher edition click here.

Instant download options available on

Check also Amazon's pre-order options.

Changes since the public beta:

  • Reverse geocoding now available in the Map Module
  • Revamped and improved auto tone in Develop based on new controls
  • Increased range of local white balance controls (temperature and tint)
  • Updated Develop presets plus added new presets for video
  • Maximum Blurb book size is now 240 pages
  • Over 800 bugs found and fixed! (Thank you Lightroom 4 beta customers!)

Important Release Notes

  • We found a late bug in the Lightroom 4 book module that would cause text errors if Courier New or Times is the selected font.  Please preview your books as a PDF before submitting to blurb when using those fonts
  • Norton Antivirus 2012 incorrectly flags video related program files in Lightroom 4 as possible threats. Please instruct Norton Antivirus 2012 to exclude Lightroom 4 files from its scan.
  • McAfee Virus Scan prevents emails from being sent from Lightroom 4. Please instruct McAfee Virus Scan to exclude Lightroom 4 files from its scan.
  • AVCHD support is limited to MTS and M2TS video files. Dedicated video editors (such as Premiere Pro) may need the AVCHD file structure to process the files.
  • Lightroom can sometimes crash when printing to PDF in Windows 7. Lowering the resolution of the PDF in the print driver can help mitigate this.

New Camera Support in Lightroom 4.0

  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100V
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X-S1
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E

New Lens Profiles Supported in Lightroom 4.0

Lens Mount Lens Name
Canon Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX 12-24mm f/4 (IF)
Canon Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX II 12-24mm f/4 (IF)
Canon Tokina AT-X 165 PRO DX 16-50mm f/2.8 (IF) ASPHERICAL
Canon Tokina AT-X 535 PRO DX  50-135mm f/2.8 (IF)
Canon Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX 35mm f/2.8 Macro
Canon Tokina AT-X M100 AF PRO D 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Canon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8
Nikon Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX 12-24mm f/4 (IF)
Nikon Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX II 12-24mm f/4 (IF)
Nikon Tokina AT-X 165 PRO DX 16-50mm f/2.8 (IF) ASPHERICAL
Nikon Tokina AT-X 535 PRO DX  50-135mm f/2.8 (IF)
Nikon Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX 35mm f/2.8 Macro
Nikon Tokina AT-X M100 AF PRO D 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8
Nikon Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
Nikon Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM
Leica LEICA APO-TELYT-M 135 mm f/3.4 ASPH.
Leica LEICA ELMAR-M 24 mm f/3.8 ASPH.
Leica LEICA ELMARIT-M 28 mm f/2.8 ASPH.
Leica LEICA ELMARIT-M 90 mm f/2.8
Leica LEICA MACRO-ELMAR-M 90 mm f/4
Leica LEICA NOCTILUX-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH.
Leica LEICA SUMMARIT-M 35 mm f/2.5
Leica LEICA SUMMARIT-M 50 mm f/2.5
Leica LEICA SUMMARIT-M 75 mm f/2.5
Leica LEICA SUMMARIT-M 90 mm f/2.5
Leica LEICA SUMMICRON-M 50 mm f/2
Leica LEICA SUMMILUX-M 21 mm f/1.4 ASPH.
Leica LEICA SUMMILUX-M 24 mm f/1.4 ASPH.
Leica LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH.
Leica LEICA SUMMILUX-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.
Leica LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 18 mm f/3.8 ASPH.
Leica LEICA SUPER-ELMAR-M 21 mm f/3.4 ASPH.
Pentax Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM
Pentax Sigma 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC HSM
Sony Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8
Sony Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC B011
Sony Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM
Sony Sigma 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC HSM
Sigma Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM

Press release:

Innovative Shadow and Highlight Recovery and Enhanced Digital Photography Workflows Mark A Milestone Release

SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 6, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software for Mac OS and Windows. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase their images. First released as a public beta in January 2012, the final version of Lightroom 4 is now available for US$149 for the full version and US$79 for the upgrade, providing an incredible value for photographers. Lightroom 4 introduces refined technology for superior shadow and highlight processing, ability to create photo books, additional local adjustment controls, and enhanced video support.

“Feedback from our customers is invaluable in developing Lightroom and the real trick to a great release is to combine these insights with Adobe’s unrivalled image processing innovation,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Lightroom 4 is a stunning new release that will enhance photography workflows and help photographs stand out from the crowd.”

New Features in Lightroom 4

Lightroom 4 is a major release, adding significant new capabilities and innovations. New adjustment controls maximize dynamic range from cameras, recovering exceptional shadow details and highlights. The software features new and improved auto adjustments to dynamically set values for exposure and contrast, and additional local adjustment controls including Noise Reduction, Moire and White Balance.

Lightroom 4 provides photographers the tools to create beautiful photo books with text controls and a variety of easy-to-use templates, as well as a direct link for photo book creation from within the new Book module. A new intuitive Map module displays images already assigned a location, provides location tagging and reverse geo-tagging controls and saved locations for easy assignment of a photographer’s common locations.

Now, native video support gives photographers the capability to play, trim and extract frames from video clips shot on DSLRs, point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones. Video-specific presets and many standard Lightroom image adjustment controls can be applied to video clips, and adjusted videos can be exported as a H.264 file or published directly to Facebook or Flickr*.

In the Develop module, presets fully utilize new processing technology and the addition of soft proofing helps photographers tune images in a destination color space to ensure content looks its best. In addition, customers can now email images directly from Lightroom using an email account of their choice.

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  • Nicky G

    I work for an Adobe Specialty Camera & Video VAR, sell a lot of their software, and generally have a great relationship with the Adobe folks, and as such, can get a copy of this software for free. But know what? I’m actually going to buy a copy for myself, as this is something I intend to use CONSTANTLY, and for $150, it’s a hell of a deal.

    • BFL

      Agreed on the value… but still… let me know if you want to give away a free copy of LR4.

    • Harold Ellis

      not really. It is not photoshop: it have competition which is miles ahead. Therefor they have normal prices.
      Check out capture one.

      if somebody would make photoshop a competition, we might see less bloated software for less then $1000+

      • Speak Engrish

        Halold Erris,

        Prease speak Engrish.

        • Harold Ellis


      • hexx

        there is competition on Mac if you don’t need CMYK – Pixelmator, I don’t use at home PS at all. I have Pixelmator and for photos I use LR.

        • Harold Ellis


  • Sam

    I wonder if we’ll have to bend over and take the price again here in Australia (even the download version of Lightroom 3 was more expensive than the boxed copy in the US as soon as it figured out you lived here). Will be interesting to see.

    • Ike

      Get ready to bend over.

    • hexx

      same in the UK Adobe store, download version is £3 more – I don’t understand logic behind this – at all

  • Outstanding!

  • Vlad

    Upgrade from LR3 is $79.

  • yeah

    I would like to see such price drop for other Adobe software 🙂

  • Lars Frederiksen

    Well, prices have dropped. I bought the Lightroom 3 software at 50% off last year and paid what the L4 is selling for new right now. But regarding the upgrade price, just to let you know, it is 100 usd if bought here in Denmark.
    Looks like a nice feature list, so I may just upgrade, even if it costs more in Europe than in the US.

  • Laursen

    For anyone not living in the US, it is though possible to buy in the US at their prices. I live in Denmark, and I bought LR3 in July 2011 @ US$177 through an eBay retailer in the US.

    • hexx

      i just bought it from UK Adobe store for £103, seems pretty good price considering US price is $149

  • hexx

    interesting, can’t see X-Pro1 on the list of supported cameras

    • Looks like X-Pro1 did not make it in time for the LR4 release…

      But neither did Canon’s 5D Mark III, so maybe the wait for a next update won’t be all that long?

      • hexx

        probably they’ll update it once cameras are out in the wild 🙂

      • Geoff

        Mark 3 made the list on adobe’s site.

        Awesome that they have TOkina lenses in there auto lens correction. I used the 50-135 and the 16-50 on event work so I’m enjoying the new software 🙂

  • Jovan

    Is this a one day sale or the price for a week or two?

    • Claustral

      The pricing is until 31 March.

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