Instagram now supports Apple ProRAW photos

Instagram is rolling out support for Apple ProRAW photos that are able to be captured with the iPhone 12 and the flagship iPhone 12 Pro Max.

On iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max with iOS 14.3 or later, you can take photos in Apple ProRAW, which gives you greater creative control when editing photos.

Apple's new ProRAW in iOS 14.3 transforms iPhone 12 Pro photos

Juli Clover for MacRumors:

Instagram developer Tim Johnsen shared the news on Twitter, where he also said that ProRAW photos in the DNG format are not able to be edited on Instagram. Further details aren’t available, but it seems that Instagram is converting the ProRAW file into JPG that’s shown on Instagram.

Support is limited, but those who take ProRAW photos and edit them outside of Instagram will be able to share the resulting image directly on the social network without having to create a separate JPG. ProRAW images are large in size, coming in at around 25MB, so Instagram is compressing them.

MacDailyNews Note: To enable your iPhone 12 Pro or iPhone 12 Pro Max to take photos with ProRAW, go to Settings > Camera > Formats, then turn on Apple ProRAW under Photo Capture. To take a ProRAW photo, tap RAW in the Camera app, then take your shot.

If you turn RAW off in the Camera app, the format of the photo defaults to the format you set under Camera Capture in Settings > Camera > Formats: either High Efficiency (HEIF format) or Most Compatible (JPEG).

Note: ProRAW uses the industry standard digital negative (DNG) file format, so you can open ProRAW files with apps that are compatible with DNG files. For the best experience, however, use apps that are compatible with ProRAW files, like the Photos app on your iPhone with iOS 14.3 or later or on a Mac with macOS Big Sur 11.1 or later.

You can share the original unedited ProRAW photo, which has the .dng file extension. And if you edit the photo in the Photos app, you can also share the edited version, which has the .jpg file extension when shared.


  1. Author is correct and two important issues here for the consumer to consider.

    1~ 25 MB file size for one photo or many more in burst mode (multiply size) on your iPhone, in addition to app sizes averaging a 100 MB apiece or more — do the math how fast your storage will fill up and slow performance.

    The average consumer, guessing 99% of the population does not know where to begin with RAW photos. Format developed for professional photographers well over a decade ago and unless you have a good eye, the majority would not know the photo quality difference.

    To efficiently process RAW photos for personal use you need an editing program to enhance (toning) and most importantly store in a LOSSLESS format at a smaller file size. Large enough for high resolution required for a coffee table photo book (600-1200dpi) and the lowest resolution for computer posting (72-96dpi).

    Pardon the Pro photo speak, if the typical comsumer is not going to publish photos, then 1 MB size per photo is more than enough and nine times larger than needed for social media. That’s what the Android MB file size braggarts don’t tell you. You don’t need an elephant gun to kill a housefly.

    That said, I always shoot in RAW format and indeed the SUPERIOR format in digital photography today. Again, RAW is RAW and needs editing for storage, consumer or commercial use.

    Awesome that Apple is making RAW readily available to the masses without spending thousands more on camera equipment. Bravo! 👏🏻

    Article: “Support is limited, but those who take ProRAW photos and edit them outside of Instagram will be able to share the resulting image directly on the social network without having to create a separate JPG.”

    2~ Translation: The author correctly pointed out Instagram and other social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, etc., automatically downsize convert all sizes and photo file types to .jpg, dropping the “e” from the original extension when posting personal photos. Saves storage space and loads faster on the internet. The unique news here is Instagram is the first to do the same conversion accepting RAW format and guessing the rest of social media will follow.

    “The term “JPEG” is an initialism/acronym for the Joint Photographic Experts Group, which created the standard in 1992.” — Wikipedia

    More good news is JPG (JPEG) and RAW were both developed for professional photographers and now BOTH readily available for consumer use.

    The consumer only needs to know how to harness photo power for their personal needs while being judicious regarding storage…

  2. The only reason they rushed to allow these files to be uploaded is the huge amount of personal metadata about you they contain. Instagram is Facebook remember that.

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