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07-27-2011, 01:41 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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Microsoft releases RAW Codec with support for Pentax PEF raw files

Hi,

I just downloaded Microsoft's new codec for RAW Files:
Microsoft Camera Codec Pack (16.0.0652.0621)

It supports:
Pentax (PEF formats only): K100D, K100D Super, K10D, K110D, K200D, K20D, K7, K-x, *ist D, *ist DL, *ist DS

Link to download:
Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Microsoft Camera Codec Pack

It works fine here in Windows explorer, and should allso work in Live Photo Gallery

/NKK

07-27-2011, 02:18 AM   #2
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Not suitable for XP.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 2
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07-27-2011, 08:31 AM   #3
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Not suitable for XP.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista Service Pack 2
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Bummer but XP support is more or less over from MS, and it will not be better now Windows 8 is on the way... It's allso around 3 gen old.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NKK Quote
Bummer but XP support is more or less over from MS
As you say - hardly surprising - Its End of Life'd - Ended mainstream support on April 14, 2009 meaning no new functionality or enhancements (i.e, Security patches only) and moved to 'extended support' (sec + critical patches only) until April 8, 2014.

Vista starts self-destructing from April 2012... can't come soon enough

Thanks for the heads up - I in a coincidence did the same the other night - But grabbed the Adobe version from Adobe Labs.... it didn't do PEF though, just DNG (I think... I dont shoot PEF...)

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At last - Microsoft supply what Pentax should have supplied a long time ago. PEF codec support for x64 systems.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cats_five Quote
At last - Microsoft supply what Pentax should have supplied a long time ago. PEF codec support for x64 systems.
Yup... Too bad they are a model year behind.

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Yes, a shame for K5 owners, but hopefully that will come. However as a K7 person I'm delighted.

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Funny thing is, it will show Some PEFs from the K5 but they have a nasty blue cast (no it isn't white balance) and others still give the same error message. Something along the lines of damaged or too large (with windows photoviewer). The Thumbnails have always shown though so I guess that's good enough for now .

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Now Mocrosoft has released one that supports Pentax K-5 in Win 7 x64

This one for Swedish but choose your lang... Download: Microsoft Camera Codec Pack - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details
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Wondering whether the X-5 that also features the PEF raw format will be covered by the Microsoft CODEC, e.g. bayer demosaicing for that BSI CMOS sensor, etc....
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tjompen1968 Quote
Now Mocrosoft has released one that supports Pentax K-5 in Win 7 x64

This one for Swedish but choose your lang... Download: Microsoft Camera Codec Pack - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details
Thanks!
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X-5 is JPEG, no PEF
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Seems X-5 RAW output capability is unclear

Actually I contacted Pentax Imaging (option 1, then 3) and I was told that the RAW output format for the X-5 would be PEF.

Also a small company named B&H in my neighborhood managed to get a report on Yahoo news about RAW output enabled, that was the basis for my order with them :
Pentax Announces the X-5 Stylish 26x Megazoom Digital Camera - Yahoo! News

OTOH I have seen number of comments about the X-5's absence of RAW output feature.
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That strange because Pentax news release and others who published the full specification mention only JPEG is available.
Specification say clearly ,
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no uncompressed format
Also they never give a # in raw for continuous shooting

I will be very surprise if what B&H is saying including Pentax USA. Other pentax site in the world do not talk about raw
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JPEG (Exif 2.2), DCF 2.0, DPOF, PRINT Image Matching III
Format de vidéo : AVI (Motion JPEG)
Format du son : WAV (PCM), mono
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One of the reasons I shoot in DNG lol. You can download the DNG codec straight from adobe. I can now open my RAWs from the K5 even in windows.
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