For professional photographers, shooting in RAW during an assignment is almost always the standard operating procedure. For those who aren’t professionals, the reason for shooting in RAW is that it doesn’t get processed by the camera’s image processing engine, meaning that the image captured isn’t compressed or filtered.
The end result is a, well, “raw” photo that photographers have greater control over when it comes to post-processing. Now typically photographers would have to rely on third-party apps like Adobe Lightroom to edit these photos, but Apple has recently issued a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update. With this update, it brings RAW support for 15 DSLRs to OS X.
What this means is that RAW photos taken by these cameras will be able to be processed natively on OS X, which we suppose brings some measure of editing for those who do not have Lightroom installed. According to Apple’s website, this includes the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon EOS 80D, Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D / Kiss X80, Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, Olympus PEN-F, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF8, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7 Mark II / GX80 / GX85, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS100 / TZ100 / TX1, and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III.
The update weighs in at 8.1MB and can be downloaded from Apple’s support page.