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Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8 Released

 
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:09 am    Post subject: Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8 Released Reply with quote

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8 Released
Thursday, September 01, 2011
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Apple has released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8 via their Software Update Utility and website for direct download. According to the company, this update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

- Konica Minolta DiMAGE A200.
- Olympus PEN E-P3.
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G3.
- Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3.
- Samsung NX11.
- Samsung NX100.
- Sony Alpha NEX-C3.
- Sony Alpha SLT-A35.

More information about the supported digital camera RAW formats in Mac OS X Lion can be found here. Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.8 weighs in at 6.91MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later.



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Question why do they keep releasing these updates when aperture opens all raw file formats and even pixel mater does as well. Also why do these updates always support expensive cameras not consumer base.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
Question why do they keep releasing these updates when aperture opens all raw file formats and even pixel mater does as well. Also why do these updates always support expensive cameras not consumer base.


Perhaps you are not aware RAW is not RAW is not RAW, even between the same company. So to answer your questions until they adopt something along the lines of Digital Negatives (DNG) we will continue to see updates. They update because Aperture will not necessarily open all raw file formats.

To answer misunderstanding #2, RAW isn't something most basic camera's shoot in; they shoot in JPEG. After a quick check on most of these models, most seem below $800 so I wouldn't characterize them as that expensive. I wouldn't even qualify them as prosumer. But I didn't look all that closely either.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmanmacman wrote:
Question why do they keep releasing these updates when aperture opens all raw file formats and even pixel mater does as well. Also why do these updates always support expensive cameras not consumer base.


Most low end camera's grab the images from the sensor and do some in camera adjustments, also to get more shots on the memory card and be more compatible with everything else they save them in a JPG format which is a compressed image format.

Its a bit like MP3 verses Lossless audio formats. The JPG is the compressed MP3 at 128Kbps to the RAW's lossless FLAC file.

Mid to high end camera's tend to support RAW formats, and it's usually found on Digital SLR's and higher end compacts. RAW as mentioned by ez isn't a standard because it's just a dump of the raw data seen by the sensor with no in camera adjustments what so ever. As every sensor range is different, different pixel density, different sensor size, different sensor types etc the data saved between these various types is bound to be different. Camera's are continually produced with larger and larger mega pixel ranges 3MP, 6MP, 10MP, 12MP, 16MP etc and so the supported RAW files format also have to be updated.

Shooting in RAW is a much better way of shooting than JPG as you the photographer have much more control over the final image, this is aimed more at the keen amateur / pro photographer hence why it's usually found on the higher end cameras.

Some lower end camera's are starting to support RAW though and most camera's that offer RAW also support JPG, you usually have to change the default setting to use RAW. You can also shoot in a mode where you can automatically save as RAW and JPG simultaneously. This way you have the snap shot JPG version which you can use immediately, and also the master copy of the RAW image which you can later manipulate back in Photoshop should you need to.
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