For photographers who use the raw sensor data format for image manipulation, Apple has issued an update that supports new camera models from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sony.
The raw format is a device-specific collection of raw sensor data (hence the name) that, like the film of a contemporary camera, can be manipulated in similar ways that a developer could use to produce unique adjustments to the image that cannot be done with the final positive bitmap image. Since the sensors and other features in each camera are different, each device will have its own raw format and needs specific support before editing programs can make use of them.
Apple has regularly provided raw support updates so photographers can use their raw image formats with both iPhoto and Aperture, and today's update adds support for some of the latest camera models to the full list of supported devices. This update specifically adds support for the following models:
- Canon EOS-1D X
- Nikon D800E
- Nikon D3200
- Olympus OM-D E-M5
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF5
- Sony Alpha SLT-A57
The update should be available via Software Update, but it can also be downloaded from the Apple Support Web site. It is a relatively small 8MB download and requires at least OS X 10.6.8 to install.