“With the launch of iOS 10, Apple adds RAW support to select iOS devices with DNG (iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7S, 7S Plus, and the iPad Pro),” Hillary Grigonis reports for Digital Trends. “But what exactly is RAW photography and DNG anyway – and what’s the big deal?”
“Smartphones traditionally snap the very familiar JPEG file that’s easily (and instantly) shareable. JPEGs are automatically edited and adjusted by the software built into the camera or smartphone so they’re ready to go. The downside is that JPEGs are heavily compressed. RAW file types, such as DNG, on the other hand, are untouched by that automatic software, leaving more of the photo’s data intact,” Grigonis reports. “The untouched RAW file, whether opened on a desktop program or a mobile photo editor, offers more flexibility in retouching than a JPEG that’s already been processed. As you might suspect, the tradeoff is that RAW files tend to be very large.”
“While DNG may sound complex, the original idea behind the untouched file type is actually the opposite,” Grigonis reports. “Thomas Knoll, Photoshop’s original co-creator who worked with Adobe to develop DNG in 2004, says that the goal of DNG is actually to make photography easier.”
Muchd more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: It’s a big, big difference. We can’t wait to start shooting RAW with our iPhone 7 Plus units!