Poll: Do you shoot RAW photos with your smartphone camera?


Smartphone cameras may not be up to DSLR quality due to their spatial constraints. But in all honestly — they are still pretty good! In fact, flagship smartphones' cameras have inspired a generation of amateur photographers, not just because of their amazing quality, but also thanks to a slew of photo-sharing apps and social media that popped up.

Any self-respecting semi-pro, however, prefers to forgo the software post-processing offered by phones and shoot photos in RAW, which they then touch up themselves on a PC. Of course, a slower and more tedious process, which offers its rewards in better quality (or just better end result control in the hands of the photographer) and lessons learned by the user.

Android has long had apps that use the phone's camera to shoot in RAW and some manufacturers have enabled the option on their stock camera apps as well. Apple's iPhones are also capable of shooting RAW via 3rd party apps thanks to an API, which has been made available to developers.

But the question is, do you care about shooting in RAW and editing your photos yourself? Even if you lack the knowledge, would you like to do it if you could? Let us know in our poll!

Do / would you prefer to shoot RAW images with your smartphone?

I absolutely prefer to shoot in RAW and edit photos myself
23.07%
Once in a while, for a special photo, I might do that
31.52%
I would if I could, but I've no idea how image editing works
24.28%
Editing-schmediting, I am a point-and-shoot person and prefer automatic post-processing
21.14%

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9 Comments

1. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

My idea is to provide absolutely all features to a smartphone camera and let the user decide what to do with it. People who want to just shoot, let them find their way with "auto". And those who want to play around, why giving them manual control, if light metering cannot be set, no RAW mode availabe, no shutter speed with bulb mode etc. What does a Pixel with a great camera be if i want to shoot at night with a shutter speed of 15 seconds and ISO 100? Totally useless... yes, apps can overcome this, but it's never the same experience.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2516; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Nope! Except for experimenting purposes but in reality, I even forget its there. I prefer useful features (like portrait mode, HDR+, PDAF) over time consuming manual mode that I never use except I'm bored.. I mean, who would have the time for all those settings when I'm on the go and just want a quick snap? Anyway, for those that use it, its still a good option to be there, at least choices doesn't hurt. What I need is an ultra fast camera like the PIXEL, S7E, IP7+ with quality photos in every ramification and I also want non time consuming features like bokeh mode, PDAF, HDR+ which wouldn't waste my time in on the go..

3. ebilcake

Posts: 1221; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Yes, sometimes.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, I enable RAW on my phone... It saves both JPEG and DNG file. And I can see difference between them. So I edit the RAW and save it.

5. peace247 unregistered

i have my slr for that.

6. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

On night shots, absolutely yes.

7. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

It depends on the lighting and purpose of the photo.

8. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

All the time considering my tinkering nature. I do the same with my other cameras even with my action cams that support it.

9. Epicness1o1

Posts: 303; Member since: May 30, 2013

You should of added "I would shoot raw files if my phone supports it"

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