ACR 7.4 RC vs Camera JPEG

Below we compare the performance of ACR 7.4 RC against Fujifilm's internal JPEG engine. Click on a full scene thumbnail for the original resolution image.

Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 RC: Default settings Camera JPEG: Default settings
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The most obvious difference here is that the in-camera JPEG displays greater contrast and saturation than the ACR 7.4 RC file. This is no great surprise, as ACR typically follows a conservative approach with its default settings. If you look carefully you'll see the in-camera JPEG offers marginally crisper looking details than the ACR 7.4 RC rendering. The difference is slight though, and we're happy to say that Adobe's revamped processing is free of the fine detail artifacts and color smearing that we saw in the previous ACR version (shown in the following section of the article).

Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 RC: Default settings Camera JPEG: Default settings
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In our studio test scene, the ACR 7.4 RC processing compares extremely well against Fujifilm's internal JPEG engine. And keep in mind, we've found the Fujifilm X-Trans JPEGs to be among the finest we've seen from an enthusiast camera. While moiré and aliasing patterning are ever so slightly more prominent in the ACR conversion, this is well in line with what we've seen over the years from third party raw converter engines. For a default setting, we have little complaint with these results.

ACR 7.4 RC vs Capture One Pro 7.0.2

We compared Capture One Pro 7's raw processing against the X-Pro1's in-camera JPEGS in an earlier article using these same image files. Here then, we take a look at the default settings of ACR 7.4 RC and Capture One Pro 7.02. Click on a full scene thumbnail for the original resolution image.

Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 RC: Default settings Capture One Pro 7.0.2: Default settings
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As we saw in our Raw Converter Showdown, Capture One Pro 7 produces more crisp results than ACR with contrast and saturation defaults that more closely mimic the in-camera JPEG. Having said that, however, ACR 7.4 RC avoids the edge halos and even more obvious aliasing patterns that exist in the Capture One Pro 7 renderings of our real world and studio test scene. Overall, the ACR 7.4 RC files deliver more realistic, natural results in areas of organic low-contrast detail like the foliage in the street scene above and the fuzzy balls in the studio scene below.

Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 RC: Default settings Capture One Pro 7.0.2: Default settings
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Summary and file downloads

While it's important to recognize that ACR 7.3 and earlier was certainly very usable for many types of X-Pro1 images - especially if they weren't subjected to 100% view scrutiny - there's no question that with the 7.4 release candidate, Adobe has substantially improved their raw processing for the camera's X-Trans sensor. Our hats are off to Adobe for committing the not-insignificant resources necessary to improve support for X-Trans sensor cameras with relatively limited market share. The results speak for themselves and we feel confident in saying that ACR 7.4 RC is the update that X-Pro1 users have long been waiting for.

Default settings offer a useful comparison of a raw engine's demosaicing capabilities but of course you'll want to tweak these parameters to get the most out of any raw file. In re-processing dozens of X-Pro1 images with ACR 7.4 we found that they all benefited from slightly more aggressive than usual sharpening, with a higher radius value than we'd typically use. You can download the original Raw files below to try your hand with your own settings in the raw processor of your choice. Share your findings with the community in the comments section. We'd love to hear what works best for you.

Download Tram Raw File

Download Test Scene Raw File


Amadou Diallo is a photographer and staff writer at dpreview. You can keep tabs on what he's up to on his Facebook, Google+, Instagram or Twitter feeds.