RAW Functionality Comes to Windows 7

July 27th, 2011

Windows-7-logo.jpgFor photographers, the choice of an
operating system is a big one. It determines the programs you can
use, the layout you’ll deal with and, it may surprise you to find
out, even what files are natively supported by your system.

Apple users have had support for RAW
files for some time, but Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system lacks
it, which means that up until now you’ve needed a third party
program to view and manipulate these files.

Thanks to a new codec pack launched by
Microsoft, this is no longer an issue. By installing the 32 or 64
bit version of the codec pack you’ll be able to use any of Microsoft’s
photo programs with your RAW files, and see those files in Windows
Explorer, making organization of those giant folders of photos that
much easier. Currently, Microsoft claims that 120 models are covered by this current codec pack, however they stated that more are being added as the codecs become available.

You can download
the codec pack
directly from Microsoft. Below we have a full list of
the cameras that are currently supported.

  • Canon: EOS 1000D (EOS Kiss F in Japan and the EOS
    Rebel XS in North America
    ), EOS 10D, EOS 1D Mk2, EOS 1D Mk3, EOS
    1D Mk4, EOS 1D Mk2 N, EOS 1Ds Mk2, EOS 1Ds Mk3, EOS 20D, EOS 300D
    (the Kiss Digital in Japan and the Digital Rebel in North America)
    , EOS 30D, EOS 350D (the Canon EOS Kiss Digital N in Japan and EOS
    Digital Rebel XT in North America
    ), EOS 400D (the Kiss Digital
    X in Japan and the Digital Rebel XTi in North America
    ), EOS 40D,
    EOS 450D (EOS Kiss X2 in Japan and the EOS Rebel XSi in North
    America
    ), EOS 500D (EOS Kiss X3 in Japan and the EOS Rebel T1i
    in North America
    ), EOS 550D (EOS Kiss X4 in Japan, and as the
    EOS Rebel T2i in North America
    ), EOS 50D, EOS 5D, EOS 5D Mk2, EOS
    7D, EOS D30, EOS D60, G2, G3, G5, G6, G9, G10, G11, Pro1, S90
  • Nikon: D100, D1H, D200, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s,
    D300, D3000, D300s, D3X, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D700, D70s,
    D80, D90, P6000
  • Sony: A100, A200, A230, A300, A330, A350, A380, A700,
    A850, A900, DSC-R1
  • Olympus: C7070, C8080, E1, E10, E20, E3, E30, E300, E330,
    E400, E410, E420, E450, E500, E510, E520, E620, EP1
  • Pentax (PEF formats only): K100D,
    K100D Super, K10D, K110D, K200D, K20D, K7, K-x, *ist D, *ist DL, *ist
    DS
  • Leica: Digilux 3, D-LUX4, M8, M9
  • Minolta: DiMage A1, DiMage A2, Maxxum 7D (Dynax 7D in
    Europe, α-7 Digital in Japan
    )
  • Epson: RD1
  • Panasonic: G1, GH1, GF1, LX3
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