Apple supports raw photos from Canon's new 70D

Aperture and iPhoto now can handle raw images from Canon's new midrange SLR as well as some higher-end compact cameras from Sony, Olympus, Nikon, and Fujifilm.

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Apple released an update Thursday that lets its Mac operating system handle raw files from Canon's new EOS 70D SLR, some new high-end compacts, and an older medium-format camera, the Pentax 645D.

Raw image formats, though proprietary, offer higher image quality and more flexibility than conventional JPEGs. Apple's support means iPhoto, Aperture, OS X, and other software can decode the raw formats from the following new cameras, according to the update:

• Canon EOS 70D

• Fujifilm X-M1

• Leica M

• Leica M Monochrom

• Nikon Coolpix P330

• Olympus Stylus XZ-10

• Pentax 645D

• Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

• Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Apple software rival Adobe Systems already released support for the Canon 70D in July, but it's only marked as "preliminary."

The full list of cameras with Apple raw support includes hundreds of models.

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