Is Adobe Lightroom the worst solution for processing raw?

Think your EOS 800D has reached its limit at ISO 1600 (above)? That's because you're looking at its raw files in Lightroom. In Capture One, DxO PhotoLab and even the camera JPEGs it's fine. Click on the gadget in the top right of this screenshot to see a full size comparison in 4K. This is a 200% enlargement of a much larger image. (Image credit: Rod Lawton)

Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom use the same raw processing engine, so you won’t see any difference in the results whichever one you use. Adobe Camera Raw (i.e. Lightroom too) is the most convenient, most powerful, and most versatile raw processor around. And it’s often the worst (if you ask me)!

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at