Snapseed gets RAW photo editing: see the difference between JPG and RAW here

Snapseed is one of the most feature-rich photo editors for mobile out there and it’s completely free, unspoiled by any kind of in-app purchases or other bloat.

Now, it's also gotten an impressive new feature: the ability to edit RAW format photos (in version 2.1) that many top-end smartphone are capable of shooting these days. Officially, RAW image capture was introduced with the Camera 2.0 API and Android 5, but it depends on the phone maker whether to introduce the feature or not. Even if you can shoot RAW images, question remains:  how do you edit those files on a phone?

RAW images are in fact usually saved in the DNG format on mobile and are much larger than the compressed .JPG files that you are used to shooting. With their larger size, however, also comes a larger freedom to edit and bring out detail that you can't uncover in JPG images. Snapseed offers a one-click auto editing solution for those RAW images that will work wonders in many cases.

Google engineer Anton Daupert explained:

"A photo in RAW format preserves all of the original data that was captured by the camera. This allows you to perform edits – such as recovering blown-out highlights – that are impossible with the more commonly used JPEG format."

You can find a couple of examples right below and a link to the app further below.



1. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's an app from Google. Downloading... Thanks for the tip.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012


3. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Best editor... I used to be a Pixlr fan but it has become AD infested, while Snapseed improves and keeps getting better

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Been using this since forever... Best imaging editing app there is. I would recommend this to anyone.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I just updated and it says something like RAW image editing not supported. Is it only available for suoer duper high end phones?

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Great for pro users to have quality choices

6. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Those look like DSLR photos. Do phones have that much recoverable shadows? :/

7. xavierpr14

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I was thinking the same. The panoramic doesnt look the same and the other is a fish eye pic, def not a phone pic.

8. buccob

Posts: 2972; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The fisheye pic can be done with Google Camera and it would carry a bunch of pics together with a lot of resolution, if done correctly it can look amazing... The last one I made came out of 37MP and it was very good stitched. But these pictures do look like they came from a professional camera.... However I wouldn't be surprised if these were RAW pics from say, an S6...

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1560; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Any photo has recoverable data even JPEG.

12. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Are you kidding? No!

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes. Raw is straight sensor data, no post processing. Hence why you need an app to do so. The details as well are also much better as well. This is a compare between the camera saved jpeg and the raw photo. Do mind you that this leaf is about 30ft away and the flower is about 4inches in diameter. So this is a super zoomed in image.

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