take pictures of the smartphone in RAW format and edit RAW images – Here’s how

Although the list is quite short yet more and more Android smartphones can record images as RAW format. The raw data format offers the advantage that it records uncompressed and unprocessed images and thus incurred compared with standard JPG files high wertigere images.

take pictures of the smartphone in RAW format and edit RAW images - Here's

With Snapseed also one of the most popular Android apps was expanded - so can you edit directly on the smartphone or tablet images in RAW format. To capture RAW images, you must in some smartphones but help out with an alternative camera app - we tell you how this works.

RAW - the raw data format

The RAW format can be translated as "raw data format" and refers to images that are stored unprocessed after shooting. Especially on smartphones images are now being processed by the operating system, optimized, compressed and converted to the space-saving JPG file format. When converting but many picture information is lost, which in particular the demand and further processing suffers. therefore professional photographers rely on RAW data.

As camera manufacturers often do not use the same kind of raw formats, the various RAW file formats from manufacturer to manufacturer are different and incompatible. Usually special RAW converter are necessary to process the raw data - some professional graphics tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom natively support most RAW formats and can edit directly.

That images are from the smartphone usually converted directly into a JPG file, has mainly practical reasons: who set the highest quality self JPG images, usually have only a third of the size in RAW format. So the manufacturers can avoid the risk that the internal memory is exhausted after only a handful of images. In addition, images can be significantly lighter further divided because the JPG format is understood by all all image editing tools and gallery apps.

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Smartphones that support the RAW format

Currently, the list of Android smartphones that can record images in RAW format natively, nor short. With a workaround via special apps like Camera FV-5 but some models can already take DNG RAW files, at least when they are running with Android 5.0 Lollipop, taking advantage of Google's so-called Camera 2 API. DNG called the Digital Negative format; This RAW format comes from Adobe and was developed with the goal of establishing a new standard for the raw format.

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On HTC devices you can shoot RAW on the "Pro" mode (left). Switch the target format for this purpose on the left edge (right).

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 / Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge +With the phablets of Samsung you can go into the settings and then "Save as RAW file" select the option in Pro mode, the camera app. In Auto mode, this option may possibly be grayed out. The Samsung Galaxy S6 does not offer this option at present and can only accommodate compressed JPG files.
  • LG G4 / LG V10: The two flagship smartphones from LG to support shooting in RAW format. To activate the mode, you have to release only the option in manual mode.
  • Motorola X Style / PureThe phablets Motorola support from taking pictures in RAW mode do house. Here you can help out by app.
  • Google Nexus 5X / 6P: The new Google smartphones do not support the way from the factory. Here you can also help out by app.
  • Sony Xperia Z5Despite improved camera of Xperia smartphones they also do not support RAW images within the conventional camera app. but with Camera FV-5 you can also provide a remedy.
  • Sony Xperia Z5Despite improved camera of Xperia smartphones they also do not support RAW images within the conventional camera app. but with Camera FV-5 you can also provide a remedy.
  • HTC One M9 and A9: Newer HTC models also behrrschen native recording RAW images in DNG format. For this, switch to the "Pro" mode and by tapping on "JPG" button on "RAW" change.
Camera FV-5downloadQR codeCamera FV-5Developer: FGAEPrice: 2,99 €

edit RAW photos with Snapseed

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With Snapseed also RAW photos can be edited

Snapseed, one of the most popular and feature-rich apps for image editing on Android, now supports the ability to edit RAW images. Google's free image editing app gives the user even more freedom and quality in the processing of the images: The processing of RAW files you have more options for fine-tuning the white balance, color and hue, as well as you can in RAW images shadow strengthen or weaken highlights. All these options are not available for JPG images in this way. Snapseed has with this latest feature a range of functions, which no longer need to hide many desktop programs.

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14.11.2017

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