Lightroom: Raw images rendered differently in lightroom compared to Nikon ViewNX

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I'm new to Lightroom and have been using ViewNX for years. My first raw image import (from my exiting file set) into Lightroom looks much different than the way it is rendered in ViewNX. The color histograms are quite different. Why is this?

Here is what a raw file looks like in LR


And here is what it looks like in NX


I've tried several other images. Some render nearly identically in both LR and NX. Some don't.

All images were shot with a Nikon D4, btw.
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Stephen Smee

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James Hess

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Different raw processors run on different algorithms. You cannot expect them to look the same. NX is software developed by Nikon. As such, it reads all of the in-camera settings that you may have made. Lightroom, by design, must ignore those settings because each camera maker creates their raw files differently. With your Nikon camera, the calibration section will offer you different settings that you can use to change the look of your image. I use a Nikon camera and have changed my default settings to something that is more to my liking. So, with Lightroom, it is necessary to spend a little more time customizing it to the way you shoot if you want to use it effectively.
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I figured it out. There is a camera calibration tab that sets the camera profile. The default is Adobe Standard. After changing it to Camera Landscape, it now looks like the NX image.
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Yes, the profiles make a big difference. I have set my camera defaults to use the Camera Standard profile, but I frequently will use Camera Vivid. It just depends on the image.