Nikon D810 camera profiles display posterized colors

When you apply the camera profiles in Lightroom 5.6 and Camera Raw 8.6 for the Nikon D810 to your image, some of the areas and colors are posterized.

Camera Raw 8.6 and Lightroom 5.6 introduce raw support for the Nikon D810, including Camera Matching color profiles. Unfortunately, four of these profiles for the Nikon D810 can result in banding artifacts. The affected profiles are:

  • Camera Standard
  • Camera Vivid
  • Camera Landscape
  • Camera Monochrome

We have identified the cause of this issue and have developed a new complete set of Camera Matching color profiles that fixes the banding issues. Furthermore, the new profiles have slightly improved overall color response and smoother gradations. These profiles are included in the next release of Camera Raw and Lightroom.

In the meantime, we have included a release candidate or beta version of these profiles for users to try.

These beta profiles appear in the user interface (Camera Calibration panel, Profile pop-up menu) as:

  • Camera Flat v2 beta
  • Camera Landscape v2 beta
  • Camera Monochrome v2 beta
  • Camera Neutral v2 beta
  • Camera Portrait v2 beta
  • Camera Standard v2 beta
  • Camera Vivid v2 beta

Download and install the new beta profiles.

1. Download the Nikon D810 Camera v2 file below. Note: these profiles can be used on Windows and Mac OS.

2. Double-click the downloaded file to unzip it. There are 7 profiles inside:

Nikon D810 Camera Flat v2 beta.dcp
Nikon D810 Camera Landscape v2 beta.dcp
Nikon D810 Camera Monochrome v2 beta.dcp
Nikon D810 Camera Neutral v2 beta.dcp
Nikon D810 Camera Portrait v2 beta.dcp
Nikon D810 Camera Standard v2 beta.dcp
Nikon D810 Camera Vivid v2 beta.dcp

3. Move or copy the profiles to the following folder:

Mac OS:

/Users/[user name]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CameraRaw/CameraProfiles

Note: On Mac OS, this User Library file can be hidden. Use this TechNote to access this folder.


C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\CameraRaw\CameraProfiles

4. If you use Lightroom, restart Lightroom.

The new profiles appear in the Camera Calibration panel, in the Profile pop-up menu. That the new profiles have the suffix "v2 beta". As with the original profiles, these profiles are only available when processing raw (.NEF) images from the Nikon D810.


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