When I got my Lumix LX3, one of the things that I liked about it is that it could shoot in Raw. The bad thing — at that time, Adobe doesn’t have support for the LX3 Raw format.
The good thing is, they announced Camera Raw 5.2 last week and LX3 is now supported! However, since Lightroom 2.2 is not yet out (it should be due soon), you can’t just directly import the LX3 Raw photos into Lightroom because Lightroom 2.1 won’t recognize them.
Here’s a workaround that I tried this weekend – I converted them to DNG first and then imported them into Lightroom. Here are the steps:
- First, download and install the following from Adobe: Camera Raw 5.2 (Mac, Win) and DNG Converter 5.2 (Mac, Win)
- Once they’re installed, open DNG converter and load your LX3 Raw shots from there. Here’s a screenshot of what I did:
- The interface is very intuitive – first, you point it to the location of your Raw photos. Next, you select a target folder, third, determine the file name (I left it to default), and lastly, pick the compression preferences. I just left mine to the default settings (medium size jpeg).
- I also did not change the filename because I knew that I can easily do this inside Lightroom.
- Click the Convert button and wait for it to go through your files.
- You now end up with a folder that has all the DNG files.
- Open Lightroom 2.1 and then import your DNG files. In my settings (see below), I made sure to pick ‘Move images to Lightroom folder’ since I didn’t want to keep duplicate DNG files.
- That’s it! You can now edit your LX3 Raw photos inside Lightroom!
Note, when Lightroom 2.2 is out, you no longer have to do this workaround. If you want to find out what DNG is, read more of it from Adobe’s DNG section.