Samsung is bringing RAW camera support to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge with its impending Android 5.1.1 update.
Soon serious photographers could feasibly start ditching their DSLRs for their smartphones, capturing RAW images with their Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge handsets instead. Samsung is reportedly offering support for the uncompressed format in its upcoming Android update for the flagship phones, as well as a bunch of other new photographic features.
Usually smartphones (and many digital cameras) capture a JPEG image, which means they compress the data captured down to save on storage. Using RAW means your camera will capture all the image data taken in by its sensor, with no compression at all. The obvious result should be better photos packing a lot more detail, while also giving you a better chance at digitally correcting images with imperfections.
Samsung’s Galaxy S6 did actually previously support the RAW image format, owing to the fact that it was able to call on Google’s camera2 API. However, that support disappeared when the device came to market for reasons known only to Samsung’s software development team.
Slashgear’s sources claim that the Galaxy S6 update will come packing some other new camera features too, including enhanced manual settings to tweak your photos and get them just perfect – a big draw for the photography buffs among us.
There’s no word yet on when the Android 5.1.1 update will roll out to the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but expect it in the next month or so.