Adobe tests new Canon, Olympus raw support

Release candidates for Lightroom 2.7 and Photoshop Camera Raw 5.7 test support for Canon's T2i, Olympus' E-PL1, and Panasonic's G2 and G10, among others.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G10 is among the cameras whose raw images format is supported by a new test release of Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop software. Panasonic

Those eyeing Canon's newest SLR, the Rebel T2i, or Olympus's new high-end compact camera, the E-P1, now can get support for those cameras' raw images in Adobe Systems' Lightroom and Photoshop--though only as a release candidate for now.

Adobe releases occasional updates so its software can decode the proprietary raw image formats from many higher-end cameras. Raw images offer greater flexibility and quality as compared with JPEG images, but they require manual processing to convert them into a useful form.

And software companies such as Adobe and Apple must stay on top of a constant stream of new cameras that shoot raw. The new release candidates of Lightroom 2.7 and the Camera Raw 5.7 plug-in for Photoshop support the following cameras:

• Canon Digital Rebel T2i (known as EOS 550D in Europe and EOS Kiss X4 Digital in Asia)
• Kodak Z981
• Leaf Aptus-II 8
• Leaf Aptus-II 10R
• Mamiya DM40
• Olympus E-PL1
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
• Sony Alpha A450

Adobe also issued a release candidate for DNG Converter 5.7, a utility that converts raw photos into Adobe's Digital Negative format.

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