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Use your iPhone to shoot RAW photos

Shoot in RAW mode using your iPhone camera that is on iOS 10

Are you an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or the iPad Pro 9.7? There's good news! You can now shoot in RAW mode. This means you can take a picture that a DSLR can shoot.


What is RAW or DNG file format? (RAW is the same as DNG)

A camera RAW image file contains data from the image sensor captured by your mobile camera. You can edit this file to bring out the details which are hidden. Whereas, a JPG file format is a processed image file thus it may not give you more control to bring out the details.


Does this mean I should shoot in RAW all the time?

It depends! If you're shooting a picture you want to use immediately, for example: a selfie, a group picture, etc. which has to be shared or used right away, it is better to shoot in JPG mode.

If you are traveling or see something beautiful and would love to take a picture which gives you time to edit at leisure, then I'd advise you strictly shoot in RAW mode. Trust me, it will surprise you!


How do I shoot in RAW mode on my mobile? Using third-party app and Adobe Lightroom mobile.

Using Adobe Lightroom to shoot DNG:

1. Get Adobe Lightroom mobile for your mobile if you have not.

2. Launch Lightroom and tap the camera icon on the bottom-right.

Install and launch Lightroom

NOTE: If Lightroom asks permission to access your Camera and Photos, tap Allow.

3. Notice the DNG option on the top of the screen.

DNG option in iPhone camera

4. Tap DNG to change file formats. You can switch to JPG or DNG.

Change DNG to JPG setting on iPhone

Watch a video:


Video courtesy: Terry White

You can also shoot in RAW mode using your native iPhone camera or by using the Manual or the ProCamera app.

The Manual camera app settings:

  1. Open the Manual app.
  2. Tap on the Settings button (looks like a gear) in the lower right corner.
  3. Turn on the Save RAW toggle.
  4. Choose whether to save just the RAW file, or RAW + JPEG (two versions).