It was only two weeks ago that Adobe introduced the latest Lightroom update. However, there was one thing they didn’t mention and that many of you may find important. Apparently, Lightroom can now support for Sony ARQ files without you having to convert them to DNG first.
Marc Alhadeff of Sony Alpha Blog noticed the update and spread the word. The release notes of Lightroom mentioned Sony A7III support, but there was no word about ARQ files of A7RIII. Each ARQ file is made from four ARW files created via the Pixel Shift Option of the A7RIII. So far, you needed to convert them to DNG if you wanted to view and edit them in Lightroom. But with the latest update, they can be read without conversion.
DPReview still recommends using the third-party SonyPixelShift2DNG software if you work with a lot of ARQ files. Still, this is definitely a useful addition to Lightroom, and I must say I’m surprised that Adobe didn’t mention it at all.
[via SLR Lounge]