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Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.6 for Aperture 3 & iPhoto ’11

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February 17, 2011 - 3:20pm

Apple released their latest Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update, at version 3.6, adding support for some newer digital cameras, as well as addressing some “processing issues” for a few existing cameras.

New cameras supported:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D / Kiss X50
  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D / Kiss X5
  • Olympus E-5
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
  • Pentax K-r
  • Pentax K-5
And “processing issues” addressed for these cameras:
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon COOLPIX P7000
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2

They’ve updated the complete list of supported cameras on their “Supported digital camera RAW formats” page, so if you missed an update and have been hankering for that fancy new camera you’ve been wanting to get RAW support, it’s worth double-checking the list for that model.

As always, simply run Software Update to get it, and if for some reason it’s not showing up there, you can download it directly from

Oh yeah, there’s an update to iWeb, too… does anybody use that anymore?

Let us know in the comments if any of these camera updates are particularly glorious—especially the fixes! 

Update on February 18, 2011 - 3:00pm by Joseph @ApertureExpert

Reader Thomas Emmerich pointed out that the Canon T3i isn’t even released yet, possibly signaling a new way of doing things over at Apple. It’d be FANTASTIC if we as Mac and Aperture users knew that the latest and greatest cameras were going to be supported this quickly in the future. Maybe it’s a fluke, and maybe not.

As you can see, this Canon T3i is only available for pre-order on

Canon EOS Rebel T3i on

Apple Aperture

This is a groundbreaking update for Apple. The Canon T3i is not even available until next month and Apple has already released RAW support for it. The normal wait for RAW support of popular cameras has been up to several months after you could buy the camera. They have been improving lately but this release is amazing. This is the first time Apple has beat Adobe to the punch.

I hope they can keep it up.



Wow that’s great, I hadn’t realized that. I’ll update the post, thanks for the info!

-Joseph @ApertureExpert

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First visit to this site and first thing I see is announcement for RAW support for my FZ-100 in Aperture, I opened Apeture and sure enough, but when I put my camera in RAW only and took a few shots, most imported from the chip but had the “Unsupported Image Format” on them, but some work fine. Should I have certain settings when I set RAW as the file type?

Try relaunching Aperture. That usually fixes; I’ve seen that before. And welcome!

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Thank you for the suggestion, but no change for relaunching. tried reseting camera, both record settings and setup parameters, RAW’s then worked, I shot 4-5 okay, tried dif aspect ratios, no problems, then changed “I resolution/I Zoom” and that one didn’t work, Pics show in camera fine but not in Aperture so I’ll leave that stuff off for now, there must be a lot to these RAW files, might be why so few cameras are supported, only 2 from the FZ series are on the list. My old FZ-28 still isn’t supported.

So if you leave the camera at the default settings it always works? Sounds fair; if you can actually create different RAW files I can see that Aperture might not support all permutations.

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