Did I scare you? Well, I didn’t want to, not really… 😉
What I meant was that if you buy a new camera and you want to take advantage of shooting Raw, you need to be careful.
When manufacturers release new cameras, the Raw specifications change slightly. This means that the camera won’t be supported by Lightroom or Photoshop. Or at least not yet. Because of the changes in the specifications, the cameras won’t be supported for at least a couple of weeks until Adobe can catch up with the camera specifications.
That’s why there are so many updates to Camera Raw and so often. As an example, when Photoshop CS4 started shipping, it shipped with Camera Raw 5. When Adobe released Photoshop CS5, the CS4 had been updated to Camera Raw 5.7…
If you don’t want to wait for the updates and want to enjoy Raw, you can use the software that comes with your camera, there will be a Raw converter on the cd.
Here is what Adobe says on their website about Camera Raw:
The camera raw functionality in Adobe® Photoshop® software provides fast and easy access to the raw image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. By working with these “digital negatives,” you can achieve the results you want with greater artistic control and flexibility while still maintaining the original raw files.The Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in became the latest must-have tool for professional photographers when it was released in February 2003. This powerful plug-in has been frequently updated to support more cameras and include more features and is available as part of Adobe Photoshop CS5. Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® software is built upon the same powerful raw processing technology that is available in the Camera Raw plug-in.
source: Adobe website – link: Adobe Camera Raw support for Photoshop.