Lightroom: Sony A7 III RAW profiles are quite bad

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Using the Camera Profiles does not even come close to the straight-out-of-camera jpegs. Instead, the result is not pleasant, the skin tones look orange and there is also a green tint. The Adobe Standard profile is just a tiny bit better but, still, not good enough.

Are there any plans for future improvements to these profiles?
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Lewis Kemper

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You are better off buying a Passport Color Checker and making a custom profile.  Very easy and well worth it!
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Andrew Rodney

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What Lewis said; build your own. Easy to do, you don't need many and the improvements can be dramatic. 


Everything you thought you wanted to know about DNG camera profiles:All about In this 30 minute video, we’ll look into the creation and use of DNG camera profiles in three raw converters. The video covers:

What are DNG camera profiles, how do they differ from ICC camera profiles.
Misconceptions about DNG camera profiles.
Just when, and why do you need to build custom DNG camera profiles?
How to build custom DNG camera profiles using the X-rite Passport software.
The role of various illuminants on camera sensors and DNG camera profiles.
Dual Illuminant DNG camera profiles.
Examples of usage of DNG camera profiles in Lightroom, ACR, and Iridient Developer.

Low Rez (YouTube):
http://youtu.be/_fikTm8XIt4

High Rez (download):
http://www.digitaldog.net/files/DNG%20Camera%20profile%20video.mov
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Andrew, I loved your video!  And learned a few things too!  Do you recommend I build separate profiles for each camera body if I have 2 of the same model and make the defaults serial number specific? To my eye the one profile seems to work on both but I haven't done two to create a side by side.
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Thanks. YES, ideally build a profile for each body. That's key and why custom profiles work better than what Adobe might supply. Their cameras can differ from yours. Now if LR allows you to use one and the color appearance is close and you're OK with that, go ahead and just use one. Or make two, then use the preferences to "Make presets specific to camera serial number"  That way you can build a camera profile preset for each and LR will 'keep track' when applying them. 
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Thanks!
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Lewis Kemper

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Thanks!
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Yes the passport color checker is the way to go for raw profiles.    Separately you should never expect the Raw file to match the Jpeg out of camera lots of other processing going on in camera, such as contrast, saturation, sharpening, white blance.