Unleashing the full power of Android 5.0 Lollipop camera: see the difference between lossless raw (DNG) vs JPEG
posted by Victor H. / Oct 20, 2014, 9:32 AM
Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with a very noticeable visual overhaul, but it's the little changes under the hood that really make this upgrade huge. After long years of offering very limited access to the camera feed to developers, Google has finally opened up by introducing a much more versatile Camera v2 APIs.
Put simply, with Android 5.0 Lollipop, developers have the power to make camera apps that give the user control over shutter speed and allow for lossless raw (in DNG format) image output.
This opens up a world of possibilities for post-processing, as you can just take the RAW files and non-destructively edit them to get the most out of an image - better dynamics, suppressed noise, and all the other benefits of having files with no compression rather than compressed JPEGs.
The new camera APIs also allow app makers to go as deep as changing the color correction matrix, as well as benefit from massively faster camera burst rates. With the new camera API, the 8-megapixel Nexus 5, for instance, is capable of going at bursts of 30fps, faster than even many dedicated cameras.
What we really want to focus on here, though, is how you can unleash the full power of the camera APIs in Android 5.0 Lollipop by using the lossless DNG files and slightly tweak them. We compare JPEGs out of the camera with DNGs that have been tweaked slightly, and then reformatted to JPEG. We've also downsized all images to around 2 megapixels for faster loading. Take a look at the results right below: which ones do you prefer, the JPEGs or the edited DNGs?
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Is it my imagination or are the light switch and light on the ceiling missing in the DNG of the close up face image. DNG is amazing XD
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 9:41 AM 15
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Its there just about. Just cropped out more :)
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 9:45 AM 0
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Nah, someone just got a little carried away with Photoshop seeing as even his freckles disappeared - which kind of renders all the comparisons a little suspect really. Why edit? Just give us the same shots.
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 4:24 PM 2
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The ceiling is curved behind his head compared to the JPG photo too!!! Woa! You mean with DNG I can dodge bullets? No, Limbo. What I mean is, that when you’re ready you won’t have to...also, it isn't the ceiling that bends, it is your mind that bends. There is no ceiling.
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 9:50 AM 1
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LOL! That's because the in-camera processing includes lens distorsion correction, while DNG is a sort of raw format: you get what comes out of the lens and sensor. This happens for every camera nowadays. Especially in compacts, you would be surprised to see how much the images are distorted by the lens and how much correction they get in post processing by the camera.
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 10:29 AM 5
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Just imagine next Flagship generation from sony/Samsung/Lg , we will rain terror on apple :) Plus this is biggest step up in mobile OS world since ever(Android 4 to 5) Cant even compare it to iOs 7 to 8 or WP 7 to 8 GO GO GOOGLE
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 11:02 AM 8
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Wow! The DNG compressed photos look like professional photos! The amount of details is impressive! The jpeg ones look like the typical high quality smartphone pics, but the DNG are just awesome! I believe the Porsche belongs to PA owner!
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 9:57 AM 0
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of course ,,, every APPLE PARTNER has Porshe
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 10:13 AM 7
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That is why RAW and DNG is left with professional photographers, it has room for many post-processing. Average joes should stick with JPEGS, since today's cameras have good sensors and processing powers it is par with lossless formats.
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 10:02 AM 0
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You'll probably need an editor capable of manipulating .DNG to post process the RAW files ... like Light Room. This means there is extra effort in getting results. Its not point; capture and display experience anymore. You snap the pictures and then edit them (perhaps on the phone itself - not sure if the software exists yet) to your liking.The results are impressive none the less and is an option when you need it; should you need it.
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 10:04 AM 0
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Welcome to WP Lumia, android playing catch up. Good news for Droid however. Check out "Rawer" for Windows Phonehttp://www.windowsphone.com/s?
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 10:37 PM 0
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with the new APIs is ther any posibility to have manual control over the Shutter speed ????
posted on Oct 20, 2014, 10:11 AM 0
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