Here are the phones that can capture RAW / DNG photos


News of the past week is that Snapseed, arguably the most popular and feature-rich image editor on Android, has gotten support for RAW image editing.

RAW image files are uncompressed images from the phone that retain the original information from a shot in its entirety and allow for much more freedom when editing those files: you can bring out highlights and just make deeper adjustments without losing detail.

At the same time, not every phone's camera supports RAW image shooting. Here are the ones that do and the notable ones that do not (at least in the stock camera app).

Disclaimer: Do keep in mind that while RAW shooting is not supported on many phones' stock app, you can still capture DNG RAW images on some of these devices via an app like Camera FV-5 ($2.99, Google Play Store download link here).

Samsung Galaxy Note5 / S6 Edge+


In order to shoot RAW on the latest Samsung phablets, you need to first switch into Pro mode in the camera, then go into settings and enable 'Save as RAW file' for images. Note that if you are shooting in auto mode, this option could be greyed out and you won't be able to turn it on.

Important: The Samsung Galaxy S6 does NOT support RAW image files, so you can only shoot compressed JPGs with it.


LG G4 and LG V10


We have praised the LG G4 and LG V10 for having one of the best (if not the best) stock camera apps on Android. With three shooting modes - a simple (with no controls), a basic (with few controls), and a truly detailed yet easy to manual mode (with ISO, shutter speed, focus and white balance controls) - you have all the choice in the world. In order to shoot RAW, you simply have to select the option in the settings of the manual recording mode, it's that easy.


Moto X Style / Pure

*no support for RAW photo capture in stock camera app

Motorola's heavy-hitting phablet duo - the Moto X Style and Moto X Pure - lacks support 


Nexus 5X and 6P

*no support for RAW photo capture in stock camera app

The new Google Nexus phones do not support RAW image capture in the stock camera app and Google is not promoting such a feature in any way.


Sony Xperia Z5 family

*no support for RAW photo capture in stock camera app

Sony has improved the camera in its Xperia Z family quite significantly with the Z5 and while we cannot complain about the general quality of the images, the stock camera app leaves a lot to be desired. Regretfully, it lacks full manual controls and it also does not support RAW photo capture.

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27 Comments

1. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

HTC One M9 and A9? They support it on the stock camera app. Once again let's do a half baked research and hope no one notices what's missing.

2. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ehmmm with 3rd party camera app the S6 indeed can shoot in RAW format.....

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Nexus 5/6 can also shoot RAW, with third party app at least.

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

And again a half baked research! Were are the Nokia/Microsoft Lumia's, you know the high end Nokia Lumia's were among the first phones that supported RAW/DNG some years ago! PA how can you publish an half baked article.....oh wait that's what I call selective publishing so that people will only buy these phones! Shame on PA!

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Yes I agree that for some reason unknown to humanity they failed to put up there the lumia high end family, but bro relax there's no reason to go berserk. Am sure the article isn't finished yet.

13. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I'm sure the article is finished, but it doesn't really matter. You're right, nothing to get up in arms about in general. People report on what they know and we all know that PA isn't necessarily the most knowledgeable about WP. So I'm not surprised with and don't care much about the omission. I do, however, feel sorry for any reader that comes here looking for a complete and accurate picture of the mobile landscape. Especially when your title is "THE" phones that can capture RAW, and not just "the Android phones" that can capture RAW. That can be misleading.

24. DarkStar286

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

PA isn't that knowledgeable about Android for that matter either, the Nexus 6 should also be on there, I think it was the first to offer RAW on the platform. They do consistently ignore the Lumia's when it comes to any camera round ups or the like though and that has to go beyond a lack of knowledge. Surely anyone who even vaguely follows the mobile industry is aware of the Lumia family's imaging prowess? And even if they weren't the comments section always being full "Where's the Lumias?" on every camera comparison should have given them a hint.....

16. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Ehmmm you do realise this is an article about 2015 phones that are in stores right? There isn't a new high end lumia in more than a year..

17. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

No where in this article does it specify the phones have to be released in 2015. Just notable phones, and whenever you mention cameras, Lumia are gonna be there.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

easy, 950/950xl happy? And yes they will be released this year.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And where is Lumia family? 1020 and 1520 were first phones to have this feature and like always you're not mentioning them

26. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

i heard lumia 950 both can do raw/dng as well

5. seh82

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Very incomplete list... you forgot several Lumias, which have been doing this for a long time.

6. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

All digital cameras shoot in raw. The raw data is then processed internally and compressed into a jpeg. DNG is Adobe's raw image format. These lossless files take up a lot more storage space, but should not be the reason for any camera oem to omit this as an option. Adobe's digital negative format is free to license and use.

7. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Where's your lumia 1520?

9. cambotodd

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Another poorly written article without proper research Lumina 1020 moron

10. cambotodd

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

*Lumia*

11. Shocky unregistered

What about the OnePlus devices?

14. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

I guess this is just an android article having no Lumia's included. Title should be 'SOME of the current android phones that shoot RAW/DNG'.

15. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

LUMIA...

18. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I just picked up the LG V10 and it is already my favorite camera on a phone even more so than the Lumia 1020 and I never thought I would say that. Went to play with some long exposure last night and I am impressed. A xenon flash and better battery life would've made this the perfect phone to me. Unedited long exposure shots posted to Flickr.https://flic.kr/p/AxDqTWhttps://flic.kr/p/AP94jNhttps://flic.kr/p/AMXJjo

19. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Nice photos man. V10 brings game.

20. rsiders

Posts: 1954; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Thanks. Loving it so far.

21. waqarz

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Why is pa always against hTC

22. tiger28

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

They say the samsung galaxy s6 does not support RAW yet they published a whole article that it does support it but not in the stock camera app. They should really get other writers or the editor needs to fired for his teams shoddy writing. BTW i have the s6 and the lumia 830 and the lumia 830 supports RAW shooting. Unfortunately phonearena will not allow me to post the link as i have less than 30 posts but the article was in june.

23. aelliott

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 01, 2010

Sloppy! Sloppy! Sloppy! Did the writer of this article get paid for this incomplete piece of garbage? My Lumia 930 supports RAW and it's not the only one. Half-baked articles like this damage the credibility of the entire site.

27. Sale247

Posts: 72; Member since: May 08, 2014

Hello PA Why you hate HTC phones so much? M9 has RAWshoot,just like new one A9. At least I red that RAW is on that phone also! You are a funny site....

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