Digital Camera RAW update supports more cameras

A new update adds raw-format support for some Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung cameras in Aperture and iPhoto.

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If you are a photographer who cannot yet use the raw format for your new camera in Apple's Aperture or iPhoto programs, then Apple has released an update that might help.

Apple is continuously adding support for the various raw formats to its programs, and regularly releases Digital Camera RAW updates for Aperture and iPhoto. The latest update, released today, adds support for the following camera makes and models:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Nikon D4
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ35
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ38
  • Samsung NX200
  • Sony Alpha NEX-7
  • Sony NEX-VG20

The update is a small 7.5MB download from the Apple Support Web site, but can also be downloaded using Software Update on Macs that have Aperture or iPhoto installed and that are running OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.1, or later.

Do keep in mind that while this update makes possible handling raw file formats in Apple's programs, it will not add support for other programs like those from Adobe or other developers. Therefore, if you use Photoshop, Lightroom, or other photo management tools with your camera then be sure to check those tools' support Web sites to see if and when similar compatibility updates will be made available for them.

If you do not have any of the camera models listed in this update, then the update will not benefit you, because the attributes for each camera sensor are different. If the attributes for your camera's sensor are already recognized by the programs you use, then you will not need to add any additional raw support.

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