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Unleashing the full power of Android 5.0 Lollipop camera: see the difference between lossless raw (DNG) vs JPEG

Unleashing the full power of Android 5.0 Lollipop camera: see the difference between lossless raw (DNG) vs JPEG
Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with a very noticeable visual overhaul, but it's the little changes under the hood that really make this upgrade huge. After long years of offering very limited access to the camera feed to developers, Google has finally opened up by introducing a much more versatile Camera v2 APIs.

Put simply, with Android 5.0 Lollipop, developers have the power to make camera apps that give the user control over shutter speed and allow for lossless raw (in DNG format) image output. 

This opens up a world of possibilities for post-processing, as you can just take the RAW files and non-destructively edit them to get the most out of an image - better dynamics, suppressed noise, and all the other benefits of having files with no compression rather than compressed JPEGs.

The new camera APIs also allow app makers to go as deep as changing the color correction matrix, as well as benefit from massively faster camera burst rates. With the new camera API, the 8-megapixel Nexus 5, for instance, is capable of going at bursts of 30fps, faster than even many dedicated cameras.

What we really want to focus on here, though, is how you can unleash the full power of the camera APIs in Android 5.0 Lollipop by using the lossless DNG files and slightly tweak them. We compare JPEGs out of the camera with DNGs that have been tweaked slightly, and then reformatted to JPEG. We've also downsized all images to around 2 megapixels for faster loading. Take a look at the results right below: which ones do you prefer, the JPEGs or the edited DNGs?


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posted on 20 Oct 2014, 09:41 15

1. Limbopope (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


Is it my imagination or are the light switch and light on the ceiling missing in the DNG of the close up face image. DNG is amazing XD

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 09:45

3. Dee79 (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Its there just about. Just cropped out more :)

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 12:22

36. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have to admit, these pictures look pretty amazing. I wonder how the Nexus 6 camera will rate against the others!

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 12:58

39. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


get samples from 1020 /1520 /930 you know how will DNG look its helps in zoomed crops greatly

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 16:24 2

49. Jimrod (Posts: 1404; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Nah, someone just got a little carried away with Photoshop seeing as even his freckles disappeared - which kind of renders all the comparisons a little suspect really. Why edit? Just give us the same shots.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 02:30

58. My1cent (Posts: 370; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Missing switch and light at pic.19, 20
Looks like OVER-edited DNG!

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 09:46

4. zig8100 (Posts: 232; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Lolol

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 09:50 1

7. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


The ceiling is curved behind his head compared to the JPG photo too!!!

Woa! You mean with DNG I can dodge bullets? No, Limbo. What I mean is, that when you’re ready you won’t have to...also, it isn't the ceiling that bends, it is your mind that bends. There is no ceiling.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:29 5

16. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


LOL! That's because the in-camera processing includes lens distorsion correction, while DNG is a sort of raw format: you get what comes out of the lens and sensor. This happens for every camera nowadays. Especially in compacts, you would be surprised to see how much the images are distorted by the lens and how much correction they get in post processing by the camera.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 11:33

31. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


exposure is too high in dng

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 11:02 8

26. shaineql (Posts: 369; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Just imagine next Flagship generation from sony/Samsung/Lg , we will rain terror on apple :)

Plus this is biggest step up in mobile OS world since ever(Android 4 to 5)
Cant even compare it to iOs 7 to 8 or WP 7 to 8

GO GO GOOGLE

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 13:00

40. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


ahm ahm WP8 had it long before you ever knew infact 808 pureview had this i think, or atlest 1020/1520/930 do have dng images :P

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 13:32

44. hemedans (Posts: 538; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


wp8 to wp8.1 was major improvement i have never seen in history of mobile os

posted on 21 Oct 2014, 02:19

56. o7o (Posts: 111; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


You realize this isn't the first time it's introduced right? It has been available on WP8 flagships from Nokia long ago!

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 09:44

2. der_damo (Posts: 192; Member since: 16 Sep 2014)


The porsche-one in the bottom looks awesome!

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 09:47

5. Numz (Posts: 34; Member since: 31 Oct 2009)


In every comparison the raw one looks the best and from a nexus 5 no less. I'm excited for the camera enhancements.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 09:48 1

6. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Porsche PA-namera Turbo.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:58 2

25. power_x (Posts: 264; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


I see what you DNG there

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 09:50

8. ali262883 (Posts: 13; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Waiting for final release.. Its awesome

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 09:57

9. LikeMyself (Posts: 440; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


Wow! The DNG compressed photos look like professional photos! The amount of details is impressive! The jpeg ones look like the typical high quality smartphone pics, but the DNG are just awesome! I believe the Porsche belongs to PA owner!

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:13 7

14. LoveHater (Posts: 178; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


of course ,,, every APPLE PARTNER has Porshe

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:45

20. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


This site never was and never will be Apple partner. Do you see any other site posting that much news about iphone's bendgate ? Now tell me who's the biggest benefisier of this ridiculus

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:51 2

22. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


+ bendgate controversy. Yes, PA is that company's partner.
(PA give us too little time to edit a comment)

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:02

10. Settings (Posts: 1718; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


That is why RAW and DNG is left with professional photographers, it has room for many post-processing.
Average joes should stick with JPEGS, since today's cameras have good sensors and processing powers it is par with lossless formats.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:03

11. 5sApple (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


This is amazing. Well done Lollipop

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:04

12. ptikjp (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Aug 2014)


You'll probably need an editor capable of manipulating .DNG to post process the RAW files ... like Light Room. This means there is extra effort in getting results. Its not point; capture and display experience anymore. You snap the pictures and then edit them (perhaps on the phone itself - not sure if the software exists yet) to your liking.The results are impressive none the less and is an option when you need it; should you need it.

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 22:37

53. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Welcome to WP Lumia, android playing catch up. Good news for Droid however.

Check out "Rawer" for Windows Phonehttp://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=991cc82e-80d8-4fa0-a929-c6c7e6ea20e8

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:11

13. Bogdan86 (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Oct 2014)


with the new APIs is ther any posibility to have manual control over the Shutter speed ????

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:14 1

15. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


"Put simply, with Android 5.0 Lollipop, developers have the power to make camera apps that give the user control over shutter speed and allow for lossless raw (in DNG format) image output. "

posted on 20 Oct 2014, 10:36 4

17. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


GREAT! I now can unlock the full potential of my Z2's camera.

My Z2's photostream:https://www.flickr.com/photos/125751132@N08/

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