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Here’s what is possible with RAW image capture on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge

Support for shooting in RAW is one of the important features introduced in Android 5.0 Lollipop, but despite the presence of a Pro camera mode in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, the option for saving images in RAW wasn’t included. As we had exclusively revealed, the feature was to be introduced in Android 5.1.1, which turned out to be true, just not in the way we had imagined.

The Android 5.1.1 update for the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge does support RAW image capture, but you will need to use a third-party camera app – Manual Camera is a good example – to actually be able to do it. But what exactly does saving images in RAW format offer the end user? Well, if you have knowledge of Photoshop and other image editing tools, there’s quite a lot you can do. RAW images are unprocessed images that don’t suffer from the artifacts and quality reduction introduced when an image is saved in the standard JPG format, and as you can see in the image below, you can change a lot of parameters to make the end result look much better/different than normal.

Again, editing RAW images and getting something useful requires you to know your way around Photoshop. If you have the requisite skills, it’s easy to see the advantages RAW image capture can provide; it’s too bad Samsung hasn’t yet updated its camera app to offer the option to the end user, but we’re hoping the company will get around to that in a software update for the S6 devices in the future.

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Photoshop (RAW)

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Thanks, Naomi!

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maxaryan
maxaryan

I tried taking photos as RAW in three apps: Snap Camera, Camera FV-5 & Manual Camera. But all three apps saves the file as jpeg even after selecting RAW as a output format. I don’t understand, is Samsung saving RAW files in jpeg format??(Of course, the file size was enormously huge, but still..)
I thought it will save files as DNG or CR2 format. (Not even Camera FV-5 saves files in DNG format, even after enabling DNG RAW Capture)

Am i doing something wrong? Or its the way it is going to be???

I am using S6 Edge SM-G925F on XXU2BOFJ 5.1.1

andres ross
andres ross

If the stock camera gets shutter speed and better ISO in manual mode this will be by far the best camera on a smart fone….fv5 has its problems that’s why I was thinking bout buying the other app but I see the reviews are not all that good….don’t really need raw just the other options to freeze motion or put blurr on…

Sheldor1967
Sheldor1967

RAW sounds awesome. The issue is this: 1) RAW files are a pain to edit and REALLY BIG. I used to shoot in RAW on my DSLR, but it was just a pain to deal with those huge files, and have multiple files on my PC for one image. 2) The S6 takes FANTASTIC photos already. I have already ever taken a shot with it that I thought, “Man, I wish I had a RAW image of this so I could make it better!”. It is simply THAT GOOD! Makes RAW a non-issue for me, I don’t care if Apple… Read more »

andres ross
andres ross

Snap camera trail looks great thinking bout buying the upgrade what yall think..??????GALAXY S6

Martin R.
Martin R.

Try Snap Camera It puts out DNG files…

samsunglima
samsunglima

i manage to take two pictures, one with the original camera app and the other with Open Camera , the original app make a 5.1 Mb pictures and the open Camera a 10.7 mb pictures, .. looking both , they look the same but oviously the raw picture will be beter to work with photoshop, hope i am allowe to show you the pictures

neflictus
neflictus

Camera FV5 works with RAW pictures, but only when it feels like it. I managed to get a RAW file. It’s aprox 28MB.

andres ross
andres ross

Raw is not there on FV5 but it still takes some great photo even tho it has several bugs…I have the paid app!!!! Anyone find an camera app that does support all features plz post it

PaganRuler
PaganRuler

You can select RAW/DNG in the settings but I’ve not managed to get one from it. Manual Camera has the option greyed out.

thegeneral2010
thegeneral2010

any article about note 4 tragedy????????? or it is only s6 that sammobile is whining about like a crying little baby??????????????

tanjiajun34
tanjiajun34

I thought it is already rumours that it will roll out on July? It is still June…

neflictus
neflictus

It outputs RAW files (Camera FV5), but not always. Trust me.

PaganRuler
PaganRuler

RAW not showing as supported in Manual Camera, does say available in FV-5 but no RAW files comes out.
This is on XEU 5.1.1
On the camera USSD code screen the Cam FW is lower than Load FW and Phone FW. Is that relevant?

mountainmanmike
mountainmanmike

Anyone know how much more space it will take up? I shoot in 16M (16:9) and the pics seem to hover between 4MB and 6MB. Is it going to double, or even triple the size?

phate89
phate89

more than 3 times.. The sample I got is 30.5 mb

fraydz
fraydz

Uncompressed RAW filesize for 16Mp shots are approximately 24Mb for 12-bit and 28Mb for 14-bit. Still depends on camera model.

erniechan
erniechan

No, it is not. But I think Samsung can add raw downloadable mode.

LeifS
LeifS

I’m wondering if the “pro mode” is a module like the other downloadable modes in the camera application. If so they could probably update it without having to do another firmware rollout.