Mac OS X 10.7.3 Update Brings Support to a Bunch of Compact Cameras

February 3, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Well, people like things compact and handy these days –  when it comes to photography as well. Yes, interchangeable lens cameras, which are more compact than the traditional SLRs, are increasingly being preferred today.

Apple has released the Mac OS X 10.7.3 update with additional raw format supports. Of the 11 cameras whose raw format the Lion now supports, six are compact mirrorless models.

The list include the Nikon 1 J1 and V1, the Olympus Pen E-PL1s, E-PM1, and E-PM1, and the Sony Alpha NEX-5N, which all forsake SLR’s flip-up mirror and optical viewfinder, enabling a more compact design. New cameras come with new proprietary raw formats whose inner workings must be decoded.

Apple, unlike Microsoft, builds that support directly into the operating system for software such as iPhoto and Aperture to handle the images. Raw format means quality and flexibility, but more hassle for photographers, as it leaves the processing to the photographer rather than the camera to take pictures in its own way.

Apple usually releases raw support updates in between operating system updates so that the OS keeps up with the raw formats of the host of new cameras coming our way. The raw support in the Mac OS X 10.7.3 update had been available since November for those who needed support sooner.

The update also brings support to raw formats of Canon’s PowerShot S100, Nikon’s Coolpix P7100, and Panasonic’s superzoom FZ150. Also included are Sony’s Alpha SLT-A77 and SLT-A65, which use a fixed, partially transparent pellicle mirror.

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