Today we are excited to announce an important update to Lightroom Mobile for iPhone and iPad that adds the ability to capture and edit raw photos using Adobe’s Digital Negative (DNG) file format. Having a true end-to-end raw workflow, powered by DNG and Lightroom, on your iPhone and iPad makes it possible to create absolutely stunning photos that, until a few years ago, could only have been done with a traditional camera.
This release catches the iOS version up to the Android version of Lightroom Mobile that was released in February of this year.
New Adobe DNG Support
Lightroom 2.5’s in-app camera adds in the ability to capture directly in DNG format.
The DNG file format is an open source raw file format developed by Adobe that offers far more quality and control than either the JPEG or TIFF file formats. With the DNG format, you get:
- The highest possible image quality because DNG files contain all the data from the camera sensor without the compression artifacts that you find in JPEG formatted photos.
- Freedom to experiment with the ability to change the white balance even after capturing, something that is not possible with a JPEG or TIFF formatted photo.
- More latitude when capturing difficult scenes thanks to a greatly expanded dynamic range within your image, which provides the ability to recover highlight information that would have otherwise been discarded if shooting in JPEG or TIFF formats.
- The ability to push your images further thanks to having access to all of the color and tonal information found in your camera’s sensor, which is thrown away when shooting in the JPEG file format.
To learn more about the history of DNG click here to read an interview with Thomas Knoll who invented the file format.
To capture in DNG, you’ll need a device running iOS 10 that has a 12MP sensor such as the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, and iPad Pro 9.7. When available, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will also support capturing in DNG format.
New Wide Gamut P3 Color Space Support
In addition to supporting the DNG format, Lightroom for iOS 2.5 also adds support for the new wide gamut P3 color space found in the iPad Pro 9.7 as well the soon-to-be-released iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. This wide gamut color space provides 25% more color than the sRGB color space, ensuring that any edits you make in Lightroom accurately reflect any the colors in your photos.
Speaking of the iPhone 7, just like with all new cameras, we’re working to profile the new sensors and lenses found in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus and will have an update available as soon as possible.
With this update, Adobe is building on its long heritage of excellence in desktop raw photo editing by enabling the same capabilities for everyone using mobile devices. With the DNG file format on iOS and Android and Lightroom for Mobile Devices, Adobe is pushing the boundaries of mobile photography.