MATTHEW NORDHAGEN :: PHOTOGRAPHY

QUICK TAKE: ADOBE UPDATE FIXES FUJI X-TRANS ISSUE

February 12th, 2019

With Adobe's most recent update to the Creative Cloud ecosystem, the long-standing issue of rendering Fuji X-Trans RAW files has been corrected via the new Enhance Image tool. For Fuji users, this will come as good news, especially for those whose workflow is reliant on Adobe products. It's now no longer necessary to use a secondary RAW converter to get the benefit of the X-Trans sensor. There really isn't any need for me to post examples since Adobe's Blog post covers this well. Their results closely mirror the results I see when converting my RAW files. Namely that the worm-like effect is all but removed from the details. It's nice to see Adobe finally address the issue.

I will briefly mention that while the tool does its job well, it's not exactly ideal. First, Adobe warns that the tool is resource intensive. While not the best example, my aging Mac Mini took nearly 2 minutes to render the new image via a Core i5 with an SSD and 16GB of RAM. It's not terrible, but it's not great either. Secondly, it would have been preferable if the Adobe Camera Raw engine could natively process X-Trans files without having to use a secondary tool to achieve the results. The tool is obviously doing much more than a simple RAW conversion so I understand the route the Adobe took to a certain extent. On the other hand, it illustrates the need for Adobe to do a major overhaul of their Adobe Camera RAW engine. Especially given that other software on the market can natively handle X-Trans RAW files without issue and provide near identical results without the need for a secondary tool. Despite this, the Enhance Image tool is a nice step in the right direction and helps simplify workflows for those who would rather use a single piece of software instead of several to get their image processing work done.