Take a RAW Photo

Keep more detail in your shots, or fix the lighting in post processing. With Pro mode, you can take photos that will be saved as RAW image files in DNG format, along with a JPG compressed version.

Note: RAW image files take up a lot of storage space. It's recommended to use a SD card as the default storage for photos and videos.

  1. Tap home key > camera app icon Camera.
  2. Switch to Pro mode. See Choose a Capture Mode.
  3. Tap open menu icon to open the slideout menu.
  4. Make sure raw selected icon is selected. If not, tap jpg selected icon to change it.

    – or –

    Tap raw selected icon to switch to jpg selected icon if you only want to save a JPG compressed version.
  5. Tap shutter release icon.

RAW Photoss

The Camera app captures a photo in both the DNG RAW format and JPG format.

Digital Negative (DNG) is an open-standard lossless RAW image format. Since a RAW file is typically 2 to 6 times larger than a JPEG file and is not viewable in most photo viewer apps, a photo is captured in both DNG and JPG formats. When you use the Google Photos app, you’ll see the JPG copy of the photo, with a raw selected icon icon to indicate that there is a DNG RAW format of that photo.

RAW photos are not processed when captured to preserve most of the original image data—such as dynamic range—so you can adjust lighting or make professional adjustments using advanced editing tools. After making adjustments, save the RAW photo as a JPG file if you want to print or share it.