Problem solution: Lightroom does not recognize RAW format of the new camera

What to do when Lightroom does not support RAW format of your new camera

If you buy a new camera and shoot in raw format, you’ll sometimes be surprised: Lightroom doesn’t recognize the new raw files! Big question mark, we’ll show you the 4 best solutions.

Short answer: There is a solution for your problem. I show you 4 ways how you can easily solve your RAW file format problem with Adobe Lightroom.

Problem solution: Lightroom does not recognize RAW format of the new camera
Problem -> solution: Lightroom does not recognize RAW format of the new camera

The 4 solutions here apply to all camera models and raw formats. Whether Nikons .NEF, Canon .CR2 Sony AWF or Pentax .PEF as well as all other camera manufacturers and also for other software providers for image processing – Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop or Skylum Luminar…

The problem and its background: There are almost countless camera models and the camera manufacturers are also constantly turning the format. Of course, your image processing software has to keep up with this from time to time – this is possible with a software update as long as your version is up to date.

For information: The .DNG format is a camera manufacturer independent, standardized and open, lossless format. You can always convert to this format and make your edits lossless as you would with every other file format.

1.solution: Use the DNG format already in your camera

The easiest solution is to convert your camera directly to the universal .DNG format.

Check your manual to see if your camera model already supports this feature in the camera. This will save you the trouble of converting.

You can then easily work on your amazing pictures as you like.

2. Solution: Convert your RAW files to DNG

Solution 2 is the safe number – but in the long run it’s a bit cumbersome if you have to use it more often and want to save time.

This solution works with any image editing software and any digital camera model.

The following workflow:

  1. You save your RAW files on your computer as usual,
  2. then you convert these files or your folder completely into the .DNG format.
  3. Eh, Voila, you can edit the images in lossless DNG format as usual.

For this you need a DNG converter. There are various paid and unpaid programs. The DNG Converter from Adobe is free, constantly updated, works reliably and is therefore our best tip. You can download it directly from Adobe.

3.solution: For tinkerers (does not always work, but if it does, then a reliable solution)

If you know more about computers, you can try this trick. You overwrite the internal camera data (Exif data) with another, older camera model, which may itself provide the otherwise identical data. The trick is described in GWegner‘s blog (written in german). Since it is not quite easy and may not work either, we recommend one of the first two solutions.

4. Solution: Update software

If you want to save time, or want to update your software anyway, now would be a good time.

Each software vendor publishes an up-to-date list of supported camera models and raw formats. An online search will guide you for your specific camera model pretty unerringly to the information.

That’s about it. One of these 4 solutions will help you with your problem that Lightroom did not recognize your raw format support.

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