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I am getting a Canon 6D next week and would like to check what my RAW processing program options are, other than the in-the-box Canon Digital Photo Professional.

I am currently using Photoshop Elements 9 for my Canon 60D. Will I be able to process Canon 6D RAW files as well, or will I need to upgrade to Elements 11 or Lightroom 4 ?

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I personally always use DPP for the raw as I think it does a great job –  Dreamager Feb 17 '13 at 14:26
Couldn't agree less with the above comment. DPP is painful as part of a real workflow, it is slow and cumbersome. It might do a good job, but taking 2-300% more time then Lightroom just isn't worth not spending the small amount to purchase Lightroom. –  dpollitt Feb 17 '13 at 21:06
you could always try image view plus more. I made it work with a 6D image from dpollit - lowest footprint editor and viewer with photoshopesque features :) –  Michael Nielsen Feb 17 '13 at 23:14
Completely agree with @dpollitt -- DPP is a royal pain to work with, and terrible at dealing with large numbers of photos. I have a friend who swears by DPP but I have to say - Lightroom just makes everything so easy - and I can't say I have anything to complain about with LR. It may not have the 'magic sauce' of DPP but it's amazing... –  Mike Feb 18 '13 at 14:12

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You would have to upgrade Lightroom or Elements, as only the latest versions support the 6D.

The Canon 6D requires Camera Raw 7.3, which is compatible with

  • Lightroom 4.3
  • Photoshop CS6

According to Adobe, Photoshop Elements 11 only supports ACR 7.0-7.2. However, it appears the 7.3 update may be applied to PS Elements 11.

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Hi MikeW, thanks for the Adobe link, really very helpful! –  Rick Ong Feb 18 '13 at 11:35


I had to update my LR3 to LR4 since Adobe didn't make a newer ACR (adobe camera raw) that would support the 6d (ACR for LR4)

LR4 is good for playing with colours and exposure. It's pretty useless for image masks and fancy photoshoppy stuff.

So both programs are useful to have.

DPP is also useful to have as its quick preview is super quick.

If I were you I'd google for whether the ACR avail for your Adobe products work for the 6d and get a trial of LR4 and PSE 11

Also, LR4 has a mapping thingo so you can view your pics on google maps. This is handy. Canon also gives you the MapUtility which does the same (but you need to install the zoombrowser or whatever software to get it)

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Hi Oscar de Lellis , thanks for your comments ! i will try them out ! –  Rick Ong Feb 18 '13 at 11:37

If you are on Linux or Mac, you can try Darktable which supports 6d since version 1.1.2. Free as in free beer / free speech. (I'm not associated with them, I just happen to think it's very good piece of software).

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hi Macie, Darktable sounds like an interesting app! –  Rick Ong Feb 18 '13 at 11:39

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