What’s new in Lightroom 5.2?

Adobe have just announced the final release of Lightroom 5.2!  It’s been available as a release candidate since the end of July (click here to see what was added), but the engineers have taken some additional time to squash some extra bugs and add additional cameras and lens support.

Here the download links: WindowsMac


So what’s new?  Camera support, for a start.:

  • Canon EOS 70D (preliminary support in the RC, now final)
  • Canon Powershot G16
  • Canon Powershot S120 (preliminary support)
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR800 (added in the RC)
  • Fujifilm FinePix HS22EXR (added in the RC)
  • Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR (added in the RC)
  • Fujifilm FinePix S205EXR (added in the RC)
  • Fujifilm FinePix F805EXR (added in the RC)
  • Fujifilm X-A1
  • Fujifilm X-M1 (added in the RC)
  • Leica C (Typ 112)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1 (preliminary support)
  • Panasonic DMC-GX7
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ70
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ72
  • Pentax K50
  • Pentax K-500
  • Pentax Q7
  • Sony DSC-RX1R (added in the RC)
  • Sony DSC-RX100 II (preliminary support in the RC, now final)
  • Sony NEX-5T
  • Click to view the full list of supported cameras


There’s new tether support for:


There are also some new lens profiles:

  • Canon SIGMA 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013
  • Canon SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S013
  • GoPrHero3 Black, Silver & White editions
  • Hasselblad LF16mm F2.8
  • Hasselblad LF18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
  • Hasselblad LF18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
  • Leica TRI-ELMAR-M 16-18-21 mm f/4 ASPH.
  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2
  • Nikon SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013
  • Nikon SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S013
  • Olympus SIGMA 60mm F2.8 DN A013
  • Pentax SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013
  • Pentax SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012
  • Sigma SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S013
  • Sony SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013
  • Sony SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012
  • Sony SIGMA 60mm F2.8 DN A013
  • Sony DSC-RX1R
  • Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS
  • Click here for the full list of available Adobe Lens Profiles
  • Further user-created profiles can be downloaded using the Lens Profile Downloader


In addition to the new features and bug fixes added to the 5.2 RC, here are a few new features and tweaks:

  • The SDK is now available for developers
  • Auto Exposure received some love, so it should be a little more consistent across images and across different sizes of the same image
  • Feathering for brush spots has more range than circle spots now
  • The spot removal cursor has changed to show the feathering amount as an outer circle
  • Shift [ and Shift ] now change the spot feathering
  • Slideshow exports can now be under 1 second for time-lapse sequences
  • Book exports failed if a background photo was deleted
  • Landscape crops were removed on portrait photos
  • Some photos on Compact Flash cards weren’t showing in the Import dialog
  • Google Maps terms and conditions requires knowing your country, so when you first launch 5.2, it will ask for that information – just select your country and then press Next or Finish
  • There’s also vast number of other bug fixes not listed in the release notes, so hopefully your most irritating bug will be squashed too!


  1. Gianni Costanzi says:

    Great news, I’m downloading 5.2 DMG image now.. Hope it solves some of the bugs I’ve experienced with LR 5.0 (which is already a good piece of software).

  2. Any guidance on the spot removal tool about how much is too much when using the slider to show dust on the image? I find myself chasing actual parts of the image (ripples on waves and such) if I push it too far to the right.

    • I’ve found around the middle is a pretty good default, but it really does depend on the image, which is why it’s a slider instead of a checkbox. I’d do initial spotting with it in the middle, and then flick it on an off at higher values to confirm something really is dust.

  3. So Victoria I’m a pro photog using LR 4.4. I’m very happy with it. I have read with interest the info about LR5 and more recently LR5.2. Here’s my problem. I can’t fault 4.4, it does everything I want, I can process a few thousand images without a problem. My workflow is seamless and well established. I keep asking myself why would you upgrade to LR5.2 when 4.4 is doing the job? So Victoria, why would I? Is there a killer new process or improved process that is a must have? Thanks and best regards Gordon

    • Hi Gordon. I’ve found the performance is better in 5.2 than 4.4, particularly in Develop image loading time when noise reduction is enabled. That’s more important when processing a few thousand images at a time. Why not download the trial, but when you install it, don’t let it upgrade your catalog. That way you can test it and if you decide to stick with LR4, you haven’t lost anything, but if you decide to go to LR5, then you can upgrade your catalog.

      Other than that, the smart previews is the winner feature for me, as I keep most of my photos on an NAS unit and smart previews allow me to work as normal even when I’m not connected.

      • Hi Victoria thank you. have downloaded LR5.2 and set it to trial. I use Jeffrey’s Zenfolio plug in and it seems there is a bug. I will test to see if I can replicate the bug (I have a workflow that incorporates export to Zenfolio). Stand By…

  4. How does one disable color management in the Printer Settings/Printer dialogue box? Whenever I open that box I’m not given the option to enter “Printer Settings” where I can then select “Off (No Color Management)” for “Color Mode.”

    I have a Canon Pro-1. I contacted Canon and the tech I spoke with said that they didn’t currently have a driver interface(?) with this version of LR 5.2. Hard to believe.

    Anyway, perhaps you’re aware of how to effectively disable color management by the printer when desiring to print from a selected profile. Perhaps by selecting the specific profile in the “Print Job” panel of the “Print” module in LR the printer color management is automatically turned off. That’d make sense.

    • Hi cageysea, which OS? I have a Canon printer – not that specific model – and when I select Managed by Lightroom, the printer options are automatically disabled on my Mac.

      • OS 10.7. I’m thinking that that’s what’s happening. In the “Print Job” panel in LR (running 5.2) “Print” module there’s the option to have the printer control CM or let LR do it via a specific (paper) profile. I don’t know if this option was/is available in earlier versions of LR, but if it wasn’t, that would explain why you’d have to disable printer CM in Printer Settings.

        Point-of-Information, where are you selecting “Managed by Lightroom” when you print in LR? Is it in the “Print Job” panel of the “Print” module? Just feels like I’m missing something.

        Thanks for the help.

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