What’s new in Lightroom 5.3?

Lightroom 5.3 has been available as a release candidate for the last month, and it’s now available as an official update. In the meantime, there have been a few more bugs fixed, as well as new cameras added.

Italics indicate cameras, lens profiles and bug fixes that were available in the 5.3 release candidate.

Here the download links for perpetual licenses: Windows – Mac  Creative Cloud subscribers update via the Creative Cloud app.


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

  • Canon EOS M2
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Casio EX-10
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon Df
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300 (now full support)
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1 (now full support)
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10 (now full support)
  • Click to view the full list of supported cameras


There are some new camera emulation profiles (Natural, Muted, Portrait, Vivid) for a selection of Olympus cameras:

  • Olympus E-5
  • Olympus E-M1
  • Olympus E-M5
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Olympus E-P2
  • Olympus E-P3
  • Olympus E-P5
  • Olympus E-PL1
  • Olympus E-PL1s
  • Olympus E-PL2
  • Olympus E-PL3
  • Olympus E-PL5
  • Olympus E-PL6
  • Olympus E-PM1
  • Olympus E-PM2
  • Olympus STYLUS 1
  • Olympus XZ-1
  • Olympus XZ-2
  • Olympus XZ-10


There are also some new lens profiles:

  • Apple iPhone 5S
  • Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM for Canon EOS M
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Phantom Vision FC200 for DJI
  • Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013 for Nikon
  • Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013 for Sigma
  • Sony 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM
  • Sony 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM
  • Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II
  • Sony E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS
  • Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
  • Sony E 20mm F2.8
  • Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
  • Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
  • Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA
  • TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011E for Canon
  • Click here for the full list of available Adobe Lens Profiles
  • Further user-created profiles can be downloaded using the Lens Profile Downloader


Of course there are also bug fixes:

  • On certain images, red eye removal behaved incorrectly
  • Incorrect White Balance settings applied when synching Auto WB from source to targets
  • The Esc key did not exit the slideshow after right clicking screen with mouse during slideshow playing.
  • Import dialog remained blank for folders that contain PNG files with XMP sidecars.
  • Metadata panel displayed incorrect information after modifying published photo. Please note that this only occurred when metadata was changed after the photo was published.
  • In the metadata of exported files, the application is listed as 5.0 instead of the actual Lightroom version (such as 5.2, etc.).
  • An error occurs when playing a slideshow if it included an image flipped horizontally or vertically.
  • Feather of clone spots is set to 0 after upgrading catalog to Lightroom 5.
  • Incorrect photos are displayed after switching away from a Publish Collection.
  • Issues when upgrading catalog from previous versions of Lightroom.
  • Catalog optimization did not finish, and was not optimizing the catalog.
  • Auto White Balance settings are not saved to Snapshots.
  • Sony 18-55mm lens is detected as the Hasselblad 18-55mm lens for lens correction.
  • Increased Update Spot Removal history steps when in Before and After view.
  • Slideshows start playing automatically even when the Manual Slideshow option is enabled.
  • Video playback stops when dragging on the scrubber.
  • Errors when publishing photos to Flickr through the Publish Service.
  • Option + drag on Edit Pin behavior is functioning incorrectly.
  • Black border appears around the exported slideshow video.


There was one sneaky new feature added in the release candidate too!  If you hold down the Shift key while double clicking on a slider label in the Basic panel, it adjusts the slider to the ‘auto’ value. Usually it applies the same auto value that you’d get by pressing the main Auto button.  But there are a changes of behavior to look out for:

  • Shift-double-clicking on the Whites and Blacks sliders now calculates those slider values based on the current crop and any other existing Develop settings.
  • Shift+double-clicking on the Temp or Tint slider label now sets each to its Auto WB value.
  • Shift+double-clicking on the WB label will set both the Temp & Tint sliders to their auto White Balance settings and the WB menu to “Auto”.

As before, double-clicking without the Shift key resets the slider to its default value.


  1. Nat Coalson says:

    Thanks, Victoria! Great summary of the updates. Hope you’re very well!

  2. Denis Pagé says:

    Thanks Victoria. As I just buyed an unsupported Nikon D610 last friday, I was hoping for it sooner than later.

    Take care,

    Denis Pagé

  3. Vic C Sciberras says:

    Yes thank you for all the info on the update, great as always.


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