Hello everyone. I've been using Lightroom as developing software since I started taking photos. It's a great tool, full of capabilities, but one of the main disadvantages I find is that Adobe's own profiles fail to match Nikon's native engineering. When I import a picture that has been taken in low light conditions, Lightroom shows a darker, duller image. I own a d90, and I know that I can't use iso values higher than 800 to keep a reasonable noise amount. That's the reason I moved to Capture Nx-d, which mantains the settings in camera, especially Active d-lighting, and Lightroom doesn't. But then I realised that when converting (exporting) to full quality jpegs from capture nx, the image quality is like a very compressed jpeg, with some artifacts, and I would say, identical to the embedded jpeg that comes attached to raw files. I've made a test, exporting from capture NXD with active d-lighting turned off, sharpness reset to 0 and no noise reduction. I did the same with lightroom, and the result shows a much better quality from lightroom. Then, when I compensate or raise the exposure, that loss of quality is much more perceptible from Capture than from lightroom. So my question would be: Is Nikon (or google, or whatever) propietary software fooling us and what we think is the raw file we are exporting is none but the sidecar jpeg? Here I attach a test file, no changes made whatsoever in both cases. Look at the lady in the background, the noise, the black dots and the artifacts are very noticeable in the left, and the image in the right seems to be neater. I don't care about the slight color and tone differences. See for yourselves and tell me what you think. Thanks in advance!
Nikon d90 // 55mm, f/5.6 // 1/100 sec. // iso 800
both pictures were rendered using camera standard profile.http://i.cubeupload.com/ShTRJD.jpg