Lightroom 4 Review

August 14, 2012 | Jon Canfield | Software Reviews | |

Other Changes

While not big enough to warrant their own section, there are a number of other nice new features to be found within Lightroom 4. Little things that can make a big difference at the end of the day. The Email option (File > Email Photo) opens a dialog with your selected images, ready for you to use whatever email client you have configured. There is an Address Book feature for frequently used addresses (although this would be more useful if it integrated with the system Address Book).

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Integration with Adobe Revel, the cloud based photo sharing service (formally Carousel) makes it easy to upload directly from within Lightroom, giving you access to your images from a number of different devices.

Lightroom 4 is now 64bit only on Windows (it has been on Mac for some time), so DVD burning is now available from within Lightroom for those users.

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All in all, Adobe Lightroom 4 is a solid upgrade with a number of useful new tools and improvements to existing features. If you're a Lightroom 3 user, it's well worth the $79 / £59.09 upgrade price. New users have a number of options to choose from, including DxO, Capture One, and Apple Aperture. Lightroom has the widest support of any of these programs, and does as well or better than the others in image editing. In my experience Lightroom is a class leader in both sharpening and noise reduction, and the new Process 2012 tools are extremely well done. For things like HDR, compositing, and similar editing needs, you'll still find Photoshop or any number of plug-ins useful, and if you're into video editing beyond the basics you'll want to add a standalone program to your kit, but Lightroom 4 can handle most all of your organizational and editing needs.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Value for money 4.5

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#1 waste ink pad reset

I look at the print when it comes out of the printer.

5:39 pm - Tuesday, August 14, 2012

#2 Joe

Can’t wait to try the latest version out.

8:22 am - Wednesday, August 15, 2012

#3 Daniel

Good explanation of the differences between 3 and 4 when considering upgrading…

2:44 pm - Friday, October 26, 2012

#4 Cal Samson

After post edit the capture time and the ISO camera sitting is lost when i go to jpeg image info,,

8:44 pm - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

#5 Ivan

Can I use raw from a Nikon D5200 in lightroom 4

8:43 pm - Monday, February 4, 2013

#6 Gareth O'Neill Photography

I was a little worried about the issues with speed that some LR4 users have experienced. But I decided to update when I got CS6 as it was cheap. Well I have to say the LR4 algorithms are far superior to LR3’s and I am loving it.

11:18 am - Wednesday, March 6, 2013

#7 Savannah Learn Photo editing

As an user of lightroom I must say that lightroom 4 is more user friendly than lightroom 3.

9:07 pm - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

#8 Morphy

I have been using Lightroom 4 for three months, great for minor editing & touchups, but it also requires lots of CPU/GPU.

4:31 pm - Saturday, December 19, 2015

#9 terhits

the differences between 3 and 4 when considering upgrading

1:12 am - Sunday, February 7, 2016