Earlier this week, we shared with you why the integrated RAW capabilities of iOS 10 are a big deal. While we’re going to see many of our insights come to life over the coming years, Adobe has already given us the first glimpse of the future in the form of a brand new Lightroom Mobile update that lets you shoot RAW DNG files with your iPhone’s camera.
For some time now, Adobe Lightroom Mobile has been able to edit RAW images. But never before has it been able to capture native RAW photos within the app itself.
Like RAW photos on DSLRs, the DNG files captured within Lightroom will be able to be adjusted without sacrificing on quality when it comes to color balance, minor exposure alterations and more. In addition to post-production adjustments, the RAW files will be able to capture more dynamic range and overall detail to work with.
One of the key components is the DNG file format that’s being used by Adobe. Now that Android and iOS are both capable of capturing and editing RAW DNG file formats, the workflow of photographers around the world can be a little more simplified through a unified file type and cloud-based platform.
Unfortunately, the RAW photo capture capabilities aren’t for all. Adobe says the DNG shooting will be limited to iPhone devices with Apple’s 12-megapixel cameras, which includes the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Pro (9.7 inch), and iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models. If you have anything before that, it looks like you’re out of luck.
The update should be available for free within the iOS App Store. To use Lightroom Mobile, you will need to have one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscriptions. To find out more about the latest update, you can head on over to Adobe’s website.