Adobe provides updates, for Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, with respect to raw processing for new camera models approximately every three months. This is a recently released camera model and support will probably come with the next update.
It has been 3 months and about 7 days since this question was first asked. The newest CC update still doesn't support the format. Any clue when Adobe will have these?
What exact version of Lightroom are you running?
No you are wrong dear John they says only about A7rIII but not A7III, this small "r" letter changing everything.
Yep, my error. Thanks for pointing that out. The "R" makes all the difference.
This discussion began in Nov 17, confusingly enough, with a question about support for the A7 III (released Feb 2018). But they meant the A7R III which was released in late 2017.
A follow up question on 14 March then also confused the two models. That was the post I was responding to but I too failed to notice the distinction between the A7 and A7R.
The A7 III was just announced in late Feb 2018.
I think we've now established that support for the A7R III was added by Adobe to Lightroom CC 1.1 back in Dec 2017.
I would expect Adobe to add support for the new A7 III in the next update.
As John Waller says, they are two different Camara Models.
Adobe can only work on providing support for the raw files from new camera models after they are released and available in the market.
They are so new it, is impossible for most people to get an A7III. Mirrorless fans are excited because it is full frame and at a reasonable price.
While you patiently wait for Adobe to get the RAW formula included in Lightroom, consider using Sony's software to convert the RAWs to TIFFs. Most, if not all of the quality, will be there. Sony calls it "Image Data Converter". If it is not with the camera you can get it here: Sony eSupport - ILCE-7RM3 - Support
Sony (and Canon, Nikon, Olympus, etc) could consider giving Adobe a heads up with the secret sauce when they come out with a new camera!
The main benefit to me is when shooting RAW you have the choice of choosing the chef's recipe to suit your taste. Adobe Camera Raw/ Lightroom, Capture One, DXO Optics Pro, ACDSee Pro, ON One , your Camera Manufacturer's software or several other options.
None of them is 100% accurate or correct they are all options for your choice. Is this not great for the users???
As the present I use Lightroom (which I have since its inception) as my main processor for the raw files from my camera, and I use Capture One 10 and ON One Pro as my alternative applications.
I also have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite of applications.
For my printing needs I use Qimage from DDI Software which I have used since 2004. (no need for physiological counselling)
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Adobe has launched a new update today which includes support for the A7 mk iii.
I’ve made a blog post summarizing the main features of the current update: