What timing! After spending the past few days criticizing CR 5.5′s, Adobe just released a Beta version of Camera Raw 5.6 which includes dedicated support for Canon 7D Raw files. While it is an improvement, the results still do not compare to Canon’s Digital Photography Pro (DPP). In fact, the best results with 5.6 was when I increased the Noise Reduction Levels of Luminance to 50 and Color to 50. I used the same 7D Raw 3200 ISO file to test. Take a look.
While Camera Raw 5.6 is an improvement, based on the above samples, Adobe still has some work to do to match the results of Canon’s DPP.