Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to gain RAW support after the Android 5.1 update

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge to gain RAW support after the Android 5.1 update
Samsung is seemingly planning to update its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge to Android 5.1 Lollipop starting this month. The update won't bring just new things that are exclusively related to Android, but also some enhancements that S6 and S6 edge owners will most likely enjoy.

According to Sam Mobile, the Android 5.1 update for the S6 family will include support for RAW photography, as well as lower ISO values (possibly as low as ISO 50, from the current ISO 100 lowest value). As previously reported, iPhone-like exposure settings should also be available once the new update is installed.

The 16 MP rear cameras of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are already among the best out there (when it comes to smartphone cameras, of course), and it looks like the Android 5.1 Lollipop update will make them even better.

Another feature that the upcoming software update for the S6 and S6 edge should include is Guest Mode (which, of course, is already available on various other Android devices).

Samsung has yet to confirm the details presented above. Hopefully, everything will indeed be included in the software update that the company is planning to roll out.

source: Sam Mobile

Related phones

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)
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)



1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Great news for S6 and S6 Edge owner. If not for the absence of SD card, I would have switched to the S6 in a heart beat.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why can't you use an sdcard? I have an S6 Edge and I am using a Samsung 128Gb microSd card with it with no issues.

33. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I presume you're using one of these ( easy way to add MicroSD card support to ANY of today's Android devices (Micro USB FTW). Would just look like a mini antenna sticking out the bottom your phone.

29. waddup121 unregistered

Real nice news!

31. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Except that RAW won't be used by 90% of the users. RAW is all fun and games until you have to spend a lot of extra time with editing before sending a duckface selfie to Facebook, which heavily compresses and ruins photos anyway. RAW is cool, but it will be a rarely-used setting. A smartphone camera is not a DSLR. Far from it. Let's keep the 2 separate, just as they should be.

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

I don't give a tiny rat's a$$ about RAW. I want shutter speed control, proper exposure control and ISO upto at least 2000( currently it caps at 800 which is shameful). RAW is pretty much useless on smartphones unless you own an HTC phone which has awful auto mode processing.

4. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here. I don't know what's the big fuss about RAW, i am not saying it is a bad thing to have, but it's not that big of a deal if you ask me, the majority of those who uses their phones as their main camera don't know what RAW is and barely have any knowledge regarding Pro/Manual modes

25. Shocky unregistered

If you edit your own photos then RAW is a big deal, however they take up a lot of space so the average user would be wise to just leave it alone. :p

10. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

But I have taken pictures with a Galaxy S5 and ISO goes up to 2000... (Auto Mode) That is something I do love of my Sony, even though its only on 8MP, the ISO can be manually raised to 3200 or forced to 12800 depending on light conditions... But 20MP remain at ISO-800

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

The auto mode on S6 goes upto 2000 ISO too. I was talking about the manual mode. 3200 and especially 12800 is a waste on 1.12 µm pixel size. For that level of sensitivity and a half-decent quality, you need an SLR.

21. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Maybe so, but the results in near complete darkness surpases every phone I've tested it against the Z3C... I HAVEN'T test the S6 yet, I want to. Believe me that neither the S5 nor the iPhone 6 take better low light pictures (without flash)... both produce more real-life colors, but even with the same or lower ISO levels than the Z3C, my results have considerably less noise. I can email you samples if you like, maybe you can put it in your blog.

12. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

It's not useless at all if you have the right tools and already know how to handle RAW files best: - better NR (for example more detail preservation), think programs like Topaz Denoise - better sharpening, for example Focus Magic - custom contrast curves and color profiles (one curve never fits all) - more exposure lattitude (more shadow information, also thanks to the first point mentioned) - custom WB (massive improvement in low light, especially with mixed sources) As good as the jpeg engine is, it cannot give you the same benefits since a lot of the information is gone to begin with and it still leaves room for improvement regarding the first 2 points mentioned. Of course no one is going to process all their phone shots in RAW, but it sure helps a lot in extra challenging conditions or if you want to squeeze out the maximum results for a certain shot (and don't have a better camera on you).

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

RAW is for the pro, not people taking quickshots of grandma at a family reunion.

23. Kragom

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

The best phone is the one you have with you. And guess if I will be packing my S6 Edge more often than my D800 or A7s? Why would I not want something that could let me recover a bit more from a picture in terms of clarity and quality? Why would I not want an option that you can just keep switched off if you don't use it? If the only picture I can take of a sudden event is a mobile picture, I want to be able to squeeze out max from it...

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The same can be said for the manual controls people are asking for

3. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Raw support was supposed to be added in android 5.0....

24. Kragom

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 10, 2010

RAW is actually supported on all digital cameras. Raw is the original data the JPGs are made from. Its just that most mobile cameras just saves the resulting JPG... Theoretically you could hack any digital camera to capture the raw...

5. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

And to be stored where? Probably on its SDCar..... oh, wait...

7. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014


9. catt4u

Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

Never heard of Google Photos I suppose...

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

yes on an sdcard. I have a S6 Edge, even though I have no interest in RAW photos, I do have a microSD card with it.

26. Shocky unregistered

On your 128GB internal storage of course.

34. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

But...... I'm poor... =(

6. ThePATRIOToverlord

Posts: 50; Member since: May 29, 2015

adding to already best smartphone in world in. every single faucet. while apple with their 200 billion in asset and in bank are still milking people wi.hht 2012 hardware.. wow...

8. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Saw this news weeks ago. Was thinking PA would report 5.1 is rolling out today before I clicked into this page

11. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

lol it will start lagging after update just like s5

18. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

lol but it won't lag as bad as your brain

13. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Exynos is a failll just watch this videooooooo

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sooooooooo. The SnapDragon has always had better performance in games. The problem is the 810 at the speed Samsung likely wanted to run it at, made it too how. If I want to play GTA, I use an Xbox for that, not a 5" display.

20. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not really, Exynos has always been a great performer when it comes to games. The games developers are yet to push an update that brings a fix for the slugish gameplay, force stopping, failing to start problems that many people have talked about in the game review in the play store. These problems aren't just occurring on the S6, but many other non-Samsung phones. This kid is just excited that he finally came up with a video claiming that the G4 is better than the S6. To make things worst, the video is shot by non other than the lamest reviewer on youtube, adrian. This Adrian guy once chose the Note 4 as the better phone when compared the the Z3, because(in his words and lack of facts) the Note 4 side is more premium and made of metal, where as the Z3' trim is made of PLASTIC!! lol

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.