November 18, 2013
Phones adding raw image support
Exciting news for all of us who love wringing maximum dynamic range & quality out of our images:
- “For the better image quality and flexibility of raw photos,” writes CNET’s Stephen Shankland,
“Nokia’s Lumia 1520 will shoot with Adobe’s DNG format. Similar raw support will come to the Lumia 1020 in early 2014.” Check out the Nokia blog for more details. Nokia’s head of imaging Juha Alakarhu notes, “If you shoot with RAW, you can take benefit of the continuously developing algorithms in the future. Who knows what these tools will offer in 10 years!”
- Meanwhile Google is working on a new Android camera API that features raw support. (And sorry, I’m not going to call it “RAW,” as it’s neither a proper name nor an acronym. I can’t read it without hearing “RAW is WAR!!” ;-))
At what point will it seem silly & archaic to call these things “phones,” instead of highly programmable cameras that just happen to make phone calls?