Apple picks up support for new Oly, Sony, Pany raw photos

Mac software now can handle raw photso from Panasonic's Lumix GH3 and other new higher-end cameras.

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Apple released an update yesterday to let Mac software handle raw photos from eight new cameras, most of them high-end compact models.

The Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.02 lets Aperture 3, iPhoto 11, and other software handle raw photos from the following cameras:

• Nikon Coolpix P7700

• Olympus Pen E-PL5

• Olympus Pen E-PM2

• Olympus Stylus XZ-2

• Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

• Sony Alpha NEX-5R

• Sony Alpha NEX-6

• Sony Alpha SLT-A99

Raw photos offer more flexibility and higher image quality than conventional JPEGs, but photographers must use software to process the photos, and companies must write software to decode new cameras’ proprietary formats.

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