So last week, the Android 5.1.1 update for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge was rolled out for T-Mobile customers. The update contains the usual assortment of improvements, bug fixes, and some new features, but for photographers we’re sure that the feature that intrigued them the most was the support for RAW image capture.
For those who are wondering what a RAW image capture from the Galaxy S6 looks like, wonder no more. The folks at SamMobile have gotten their hands on photos (see screenshot above) which compares photos taken normally and one taken in the RAW format. In case you’re wondering about RAW, basically this is a photo that has been unprocessed and uncompressed by camera.
As the name implies, this is pretty much what you see is what you get and it is ideal for photographers who would rather work with the original image file during post-processing than having to deal with compressed images. Of course it will take some knowledge to edit RAW files in editing software such as Lightroom, but sometimes the results are worth it.
It should also be noted that in general, RAW image files are considerably larger than regular JPEGs so if you plan to shoot in RAW with your Galaxy S6, be prepared to run out of room fast. Now back to the images – we have to admit that the camera does a pretty good job of capturing RAW images as the quality does seem a lot better.
However as SamMobile notes, the Galaxy S6’s camera app does not have the ability to capture RAW images so you will need to turn to a third-party app, such as Manual Camera if you want to take advantage of that feature.
|Product Name||Galaxy S6||Galaxy S6 Edge|
|Battery Capacity (mAh)||2550 mAh||2600 mAh|
|Processor Name||Exynos 7420||Exynos 7420|
|Street Price||$220 Galaxy S6 on Amazon||$535 Galaxy S6 Edge on Amazon|
|Link to full specs||Galaxy S6 Full specs and details||Galaxy S6 Edge Full specs and details|