Apple updates Digital Camera RAW for Canon G1 X, Nikon D4, Sony NEX-7 and Panasonic GX1

Apple has released update 3.10 to its Digital Camera RAW. Digital Camera RAW is a system library software that allows applications such as Aperture and iPhoto to read camera RAW format files. This release includes RAW compatibility to a number of hot camera models on the market right now such as Sony NEX-7, Panasonic GX1, Nikon D4 etc. The update is available via Software Update.

This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Nikon D4
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ35
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ38
  • Samsung NX200
  • Sony Alpha NEX-7
  • Sony NEX-VG20

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.10

9 new features in iOS 5 camera and photo apps

The new 8MP 1080p camera with its low-light capability is one of the highlighted feature of iPhone 4S. Camera in smartphone is now a capable replacement for your point-and-shoot camera. Hardware asides, it is the iOS 5 that makes the camera really shines. And older iPhone that runs iOS 5 can take advantage of the improvements Apple made in camera and photo apps. Here are the 9 new features:

1. Photo Stream. Photo Stream is an iCloud feature. When you enable Photo Stream in your iCloud settings in your devices, a new “Photo Stream” photo album will be created. From then on, when you snap a picture, a copy of the picture will be automatically stored into “Photo Stream” and then sync to iCloud. Each devices with your iCloud account will then be able to access the photo in the same “Photo Stream”.

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Photo Stream can be viewed as temporary buffer for your current photos. iCloud stores photos for 30 days only and will remove older photos automatically. There is also a limit of 1000 photos that you can view on Photo Stream. You can setup Photo Stream on Apple TV, and iPhoto and Aperture on the Mac.

2. Organize with photo albums. iOS 5 finally brings the ability to add and delete photo albums. Great way to organize your photos.

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3. Access camera from lock screen. When you double tap to unlock your phone, a camera icon appears at bottom corner for quick access to the camera app.

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4. Swipe from camera app to camera roll. While using the camera, you can swipe from left to right to switch to the camera roll. A quick way to check whether the last taken picture is good or not.

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5. Grid lines. Grid lines are helpful to get horizontal alignment of objects right for the shot. It is also an essential guide for framing your subject. To turn on grid lines, tap on the Options button on the Camera app, and then toggle the “Grid” switch.

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6. Use Volume Up button to snap. You can now use the Volume Up hardware button to snap a photo while in Camera app.

7. AE/AF Lock. When you touch and hold on a spot while taking a picture, the Camera app will apply Auto-Exposure and Auto-Focus lock on the spot. The exposure reading and focus position will then be used for your next snap.

8. Pinch to zoom. While taking picture, you can now pinch to zoom instead of using the slider at the bottom to zoom. You might find it a much simpler and quicker method.

9. Photo Editing. The Photo app now comes with built-in editing features. You can rotate or crop a picture. An auto-enhance mode can be used to apply automatic improvement to the color and tones of the picture. And there is a red-eye removal tool.

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Use Camera app’s tap to focus feature to adjust exposure

Camera app tap to focus

Camera app in iPhone comes with a tap to focus feature. You tap the screen on subject you want to focus before the capture.

Unless you have an object that is very near the camera like the flowers in the above picture, most of the time all scene in the picture will be in focus. This is due mainly to the inherent limitation of optics for camera in smartphone. So for most of the scene especially in landscape, there is not much changes in focusing you can notice by using tap to focus.

But tap to focus will also trigger the iPhone camera app to adjust the exposure of the picture. If you have a high contrast scene, tap to focus on the darker area will brighten the exposure. And tap to focus on the brighter area will darken the exposure. Try out this tap to focus feature when you capture your next high contrast scene.

Photo GeoTagging In iPhone

Photo geotagging is the process of adding latitude and longitude location data to the EXIF header of JPG photo file. Site such as Flickr is able to extract this info and display a map of the location alongside the photo. iPhoto ’09 is able to make use of the location info for its Places feature, allowing you to categorize photos by location, search photos using readable location names such as “Paris” or even add travel maps to your photos book.

Starting with firmware 2.0, the camera in iPhone is able to geotag the photo’s location with iPhone’s build-in GPS. iPhone requires the following in order to geotag your photo:

* Ensure location service on your iPhone is turned on. Under Settings->General, check that “Location Services” is switched on.

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* The first time you use iPhone’s camera, a message appear with the prompt “Camera would like to use your current location”. Tap “OK” to enable geotagging.

![Iphone Camera Use Location](http://sanziro.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/iphone-camera-use-location.png)

* iPhone’s GPS is able to identify your location before it can tag the location. iPhone might not be able to get your location if you’re indoors for example.

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