Scarab Darkroom portable provides a variate set of tools that work together in order to assist you in easily enhancing the quality of your RAW images and generate masterpieces that you can be proud of. While it does not sport the same rich feature set of its most important competitors, the extended range of supported digital cameras (various models from Canon, FujiFilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony, even some of the latest ones) and the ease of use makes it rather popular amongst users. The straightforward approach that it goes for does not mean that it does not include a wide palette of editing tools. On the contrary, there are various aspects that you can adjust in Scarab Darkroom to make your photo stand out from the crowd.
The main interface comprises a tree-view file explorer and a simple thumbnail browser that help you quickly find the picture you want to process. The photo is then displayed within the large preview pane, which occupies most of the GUI, so that no detail is missed.
The application enables you to fine-tune your photo, adjust the brightness, contrast, the highlight recover, black and fill light levels in order to alter its exposure. The temperature, the tint, hue, saturation, luminance and vibrance levels can also be changed and a grayscale effect can be applied.
Split toning, sharpening without amplifying interpolation artifacts, noise filtering, chromatic aberration, tone curve adjustment, cropping, resizing are some of the other options for editing your photography.
The ‘Metadata’ tab displays details about the conditions in which the photo was taken, such as exposure, aperture, the focal length, ISO speed and date.
Using a proprietary demosaic algorithm and its color-grading engine, Scarab Darkroom offers good detail rendering, high output quality and a complete set of tools for digital photography processing.
(Cameras added after version 2.13 are marked in bold.)
Canon EOS 1D, 1D Mk IV, 1Ds, 1Ds Mk II, 1DX, 5D, 5D Mk II, 5D Mk III, 6D, 7D, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 700D, 100D/Rebel SL1, 300D/Digital Rebel, 350D/XT, 400D/XTi, 450D/XSi, 500D/T1i, 550D/T2i, 600D/T3i, 650D/T4i, 1000D/XS, 1100D/T3, M, Powershot Pro 1, S45, S50, S70, S90, S95, S100, SX1 IS, G2, G3, G6, G9, G10, G11, G12, G15, G1X
Fujifilm F550EXR, F600EXR, HS10/HS11, X10, X100, X100S, X-E2
Nikon 1 AW1, 1 J1, 1 V1, 1 V2, Coolpix A, D1, D1H, D2H, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s, D3X, D4, D40, D40X, D50, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D100, D200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D3000, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D7000, Df, E8400, P330, P6000, P7000, P7100, P7700, P7800
Nikon D800 support is coming in the upcoming 64 bit version.
Olympus E-1, E-3, E-5, E-30, E-300, E-400, E-410, E-420, E-450, E-500, E-510, E-520, E-600, E-620, E-M1, E-M5, E-P1, E-P2, E-P3, E-P5, E-PL1, E-PL1s, E-PL2, E-PL3, E-PL5, E-PM1, E-PM2, SP-350, SP-510 UZ, SP-550 UZ, SP-560 UZ, SP-570 UZ, C5050Z, C8080WZ, XZ-1
Panasonic DMC-G1, DMC-G2, DMC-G3, DMC-G5, DMC-GF1, DMC-GF2, DMC-GF3, DMC-GF5, DMC-GF6, DMC-GH1, DMC-GH2, DMC-GH3, DMC-G10, DMC-GM1, DMC-GX1, DMC-GX7, DMC-L10, DMC-LF1, DMC-LX3, DMC-LX5, DMC-FZ18, DMC-FZ28, DMC-FZ38, DMC-FZ35, DMC-FZ150, DMC-FZ200, DMC-LX7
Pentax K-01, K-3, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 II s, K-7, K10D, K20D, K-30, K50, K100D, K100D Super, K110D, K200D, K500, K-m/K2000D, K-r, K-x, *ist D, *ist DL, *ist DL2, *ist DS, *ist DS2, MX-1, Q, Q10
Samsung EX1, GX-1, GX-1S, GX-1L, GX-20, NX10, NX11, NX20, NX200, NX210, NX300, NX1000, NX1100, Pro 815
Sony A100, A200, A230, A290, A300, A330, A350, A380, A390, A450, A500, A550, A560, A580, A700, A850, A900, NEX-3, NEX-3N, NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5T, NEX-6, NEX-7, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, SLT-A33, SLT-A35, SLT-A37, SLT-A55, SLT-A57, SLT-A58, SLT-A65, SLT-A77, SLT-A99, DSC-R, DSC-V3, RX1, RX1R, RX10, RX100
– Fixed a memory leak, which could lead to a crash after going through hundreds of pictures
– Fixed the crop tool window on Windows 8
– A new experimental demosaic method (can be chosen in the Options menu and is called “Hybrid”)
– Small performance optimizations
– Tweaks to highlight recovery
– Changed “Automatic” resize mode to use Lánczos filtering for reduction (sharper results)
– Fixed edge filtering problems of the thumbnail display
– A button in the preferences for manually clearing the thumbnail cache
– Potentially fixed the noise filtered version of the image occasionally not being displayed after the noise filter finished (note: the noise filtered version is still only shown for zoom >=50%)
– Potentially better resilience from damaged raw files
– Fixed purple highlights on Olympus E-3, XZ-1
– Support has been added for: Nikon 1 V3, 1 J4, D3300, D5500, D7200, Olympus E-PL6, E-PL7, E-M10, E-M5Mark II, SH-2, Pentax K-S1, Samsung NX30
– Lots of small changes under the hood