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Apple releases digital camera raw update 3.9

Apple has released an update for its digital camera raw support, which adds more raw support for various camera makes and models to Aperture and iPhoto.

Apple has released an update for OS X that supplies additional raw format compatibility support to the operating system. The update will implement this support in Apple's consumer photo management tool, iPhoto '11, and also in its professional Aperture 3 program.

The update adds raw format support for the following cameras:

Software Update window
The update should be available via Software Update. Screenshot by Topher Kessler
  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • Nikon 1 J1
  • Nikon 1 V1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7100
  • Olympus PEN E-PL1s
  • Olympus PEN E-PL3
  • Olympus PEN E-PM1
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5N
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A65
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77

Unlike other image formats, the raw is device-specific, as it accommodates all the unique and proprietary sensor data from the camera instead of providing a standardized format that can be interpreted by any system. As a result, even if a raw format is readable, the program might not be able to properly use and render it unless it has full support for the nuances of a particular camera. Therefore, as new cameras are released, Apple will need to issue these updates to support them.

The update requires OS X 10.6.8, or OS X 10.7.2 or later, and is a 7.2MB download that can be obtained via Software Update or from the update's download site.

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