Microsoft has released a Camera Codec Pack for Windows 7 and Windows Vista that enables Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Explorer to display RAW image files from more than 120 DSLR cameras. Microsoft Camera Codec Pack also makes it possible to edit raw images extending Live Photo Gallery’s file viewing and editing capabilities beyond JPEG, PNG, and TIFF.
To make Microsoft Camera Codec Pack work, first off all you have to update Windows Live Photo Gallery to the latest build of Windows Live Essentials 2011 released a couple of weeks ago. If you don’t use Photo Gallery, you can view RAW files from within Windows Explorer by installing the Microsoft Codec Pack via the Microsoft Download Center.
When you’ve updated Windows Live Photo Gallery to the new build, it will detect if you have photos in any of the supported RAW photo file formats and will alert you that a codec pack is available for download. However, if you have any third party RAW photo codecs installed from manufacturers such as Nikon or Canon, Photo Gallery won’t prompt you to install the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack.
Once the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack is installed, you can view your RAW photos in Photo Gallery and also in Windows Explorer. Double click on a RAW photo in Photo Gallery when you want to edit it. Photo Gallery will then make a JPEG or the higher quality JPEG-XR copy of the photo in order to edit the photo. This includes being able to fix red-eye, make color and other image adjustments.
The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack provides support for the following device formats. You will notice that some new camera models are not yet supported, for instance, Nikon D7000. These will be added later on.
- 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