Galaxy S6: how to enable raw DNG format and lower ISO after the Android 5.1.1 update

Galaxy S6: how to enable raw DNG format and lower ISO after the Android 5.1.1 update
The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S6 was expected to bring RAW image files and lower ISO values support, among other camera improvements, and has indeed done so, yet these are nowhere to be found in Samsung's own camera app. Granted, you can still set the ISO value manually in the Pro mode of the camera, but there should be new, lower settings there, which you can't choose with the stock app just yet.

Shooting in RAW format is also possible, but this option is again invisible in the camera software interface, so what's a photog to do if they want to use these new features after they've updated their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge flagships to the latest Android version? Fret not, as both the raw DNG image file support, the lower ISO settings, and some other novel goodies, are there, but for some reason Samsung just hasn't enabled them for the time being. 

The solution? Install a third-party camera application that can dig deep into the so-called Camera2 API that Android Lollipop 5.1.1 brings to the table. Here are some you can try, and see what sticks with you:

1. Download and install the Manual Camera Compatibility Test app. It will confirm that the newest Android update has indeed brought the Android Lollipop Camera2 API to your S6 or S6 edge;

2. If the above test is affirmative, as it should be, install the Manual Camera app from the Play Store, and take advantage of the fresh photography goods brought in by the 5.1.1 update;

3. Don't like the Manual Camera app interface? Fret not, as there are a few others you can try - just enable the Camera2 API option in the menu of Snap Camera HDR, or Camera FV-5, for instance;

4. Finally, if you want to preview the raw DNG format that your newly acquired S6 camera abilities will produce, install something like the Photo Mate R2 application to take complete control over the largish, pixel-perfect image files that will be created.

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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30 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's a real shame Samsung didn't enable them even after 5.1.1.

2. MartinR

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

They are there only not in the stock camera app.. So they enabled them right?

14. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Yes they did, but they didn't "support" it. Atleast u can use fv5 now

20. TyrionLannister unregistered

This is nothing new. You can do that on 5.0.2 too on S6. And I'm not going to pay for some app which isn't even specially optimised for the phone. You use one camera app. You don't juggle between 2 apps depending on the situation. I would just double press the home button and launch the camera app that is excellent, not some generic paid app.

25. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Usually I would agree with you but you are totally off on this one. Third party apps clearly offer advantages that the stock camera don't. And 5.0.2 does not include everything in the Camera2 API.

26. riseupgames

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

ProShot absolutely flies on the S6; instant start-up, fast shot-to-shot times, it's a completely optimized experience. I encourage you to try it when it's released next week :)

27. TyrionLannister unregistered

Surely.

3. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Did you even read the article ? Enabled , but not in stock app. Which is understanding imho.

21. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's not understanding. And yes, I read the article. If they want to name something 'pro' mode, I expect them to have RAW, shutter speed and full ISO range. Do you know that ISO on S6 goes from 50 to 2000+ in auto mode, while in 'pro' mode, it only goes from 100 to 800. And I use the device. It's a real struggle.

15. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

s6 was never advertised to have RAW support u moron just like 64bit in note 4 .

16. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

You Moron, then don't expect Doze in Android M because Samsung didn't "advertise" it.

18. waddup121 unregistered

That's cool.

4. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Also guys be on the lookout for the acclaimed ProShot app coming soon from Windows Phone and now available on iOS as well. One of the best and most personable developers out there.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Looks pretty good How does it compare to say Manual, FV-5, ABC or Snap?

12. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I've tried FV-5 but the interface was not even close in terms of quality to ProShot. As a matter of fact none of the Android photography apps look halfway decent except the gorgeous Manual Camera app. This is in terms of interface and manual controls not filters and fun stuff IMO.

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, FV-5 and ABC have ugly UIs I reckon Manual and Snap have great UIs But I not a big fan of manual settings, since I'm too lazy to mess with them Currently I use Google's HDR+ for quick pics, ABC for its Super Mode for low light and Snap for videos I'll try ProShot once it comes out, it looks great

13. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

But note that the app is for still photos only. Not video.

24. riseupgames

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Just wanna step in and say ProShot for Android *will* have video and with full manual controls :) Coming very soon!

6. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Not in the stock camera app? This is where LG G4 rocks!!

11. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

G4 may have 5% better kamera at best , but lags , bad display and touch issues plague device.Go on XDA Developers G4 forums and see desparate cries of people looking to flash crap roms to improve their device.

7. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Not in the stock camera app? This is where LG G4 rocks!!

8. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

And the M9 too was the first to support RAW in stock camera app too!!

19. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Nope. Lumia 1020, or was it Lumia 1520? :D

10. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

G4 may have 5% better kamera at best , but lags , bad display and touch issues plague device.Go on XDA Developers G4 forums and see desparate cries of people looking to flash crap roms to improve their device.

9. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

will camera2 api come to S5 with 5.1.1? i hope it will..

17. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

and for S4.

22. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

Ran the camera compatibility app as suggested and still no RAW support for my s6 edge on 5.1.1

28. Shocky unregistered

Same on my Galaxy S6

29. trezz86

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

same here big disappointment especially that im a photographer im used to shooting raw

30. trezz86

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

hey i downloaded manual camera via apk and it seems like u can shoot raw with it

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