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Nokia Lumia 1520 camera can capture raw DNG images

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Nokia Lumia 1520 camera can capture raw DNG images
The newly announced Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with a very ambitious 20-megapixel PureView camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and the new Nokia Camera and Storyteller application. Still, one feature that will please professional photographers considering buying this has gone a bit under the radar - the Lumia 1520 supports raw image files and saves .DNG raw files along with .JPG compressed images.

What are raw .DNG files and why do they matter? Now in photography RAW is an umbrella term for uncompressed images that usually professional photographers use for best results with editing. The other big advantage coming with DNG files usually storing original sensor information with unaltered color saturation and white balance. We have reached out to Nokia to confirm whether the DNG images from the Lumias will indeed store unaltered original sensor info.

Next, we ought to mention that different RAW formats are interpreted differently by different programs. DNG in contrast to RAW is a particular format that is uniformly accepted and interpreted while still being a RAW image (DNG by the way stands for digital negative). It is kind of as universal as PDF is for documents.

Now, Nokia’s camera guru Juha Alakarhu broke the news that both the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 will be able to capture images in DNG, great for those who plan on doing some more fine-tuning and editing post-capture, isn’t it?

source: Juha Alakarhu

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posted on 22 Oct 2013, 07:09 6

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2800; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Wow this is great news...

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 07:15 9

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5921; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Certainly is (great news). If the camera function (software + hardware) steps up to its promise, Nokia could have a niche with shutterbugs. Now, they just have to lose the stupid carrier exclusive distribution model in the U.S.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 07:23

7. GeekMovement (Posts: 1519; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


that's amazing, but the file sizes of those raw images looks to be huge for the phone's storage capacity.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 09:02 3

12. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


and that's why you have an sd card slot of up to 64gb.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 09:29 1

14. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 657; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


This time NOkia has learnt a lesson.. A 20MP cameraphone (with microSD) is more appealing than a 41MP (without microSD).+ it has better screen & DNG format which can take advantage of extra storage option. The design is awesome. Everything about Nokia's new line is aewsome. Nokia is a winner here.
But.. Theres a big "But".. Now since MS has taken over Nokia, how long can Nokia keep producing these devices which are a direct competition to MS's tablets & (soon to arrive) phones with same OS.
--An Android user (for those who think we Troll against others)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 11:27

17. freebee269 (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


microsoft will be taking 30,000 of nokia's employee's to continue the lumia line. honestly, i dont see it changing. i think it will continue to evolve with microsoft having alot more money for R&D.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 08:18 1

8. mottykels (Posts: 372; Member since: 15 May 2013)


thats nokia :)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 08:19

9. mottykels (Posts: 372; Member since: 15 May 2013)


thats nokia :)

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 08:24 2

10. irfanil (Posts: 26; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Wow... I've been waiting for this since N900.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 08:45

11. sergiobr (Posts: 430; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


Waiting for something like this in Android phones :-( ,but expecting 60fps video on Nokia phones, the final step.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 09:25

13. chandancherry (Posts: 30; Member since: 25 Jun 2013)


Another new Exclusive Nokia and WP feature.
Gonna make the photogarphy section even more rich.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:04

15. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Phonearena deleted my first comment? I'm sure I commented here, but I guess they took it personally. It wasn't even using vulgar language. Wateves.

posted on 22 Oct 2013, 10:08 4

16. luigi0824 (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Samsung will copy this for sure

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 05:41

18. Neutral (Posts: 30; Member since: 19 Oct 2013)


I don't see copying as a sin or something, plus samsung improve it, I think its good for the consumers too

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