Thursday, April 26, 2012
RAW Capture From Your Phone?
There are a lot of smart people in the world. They figure out how to do things that would never even occur to me. Things like accessing the uncompressed image data from your iPhone's camera and saving it as a TIFF. This is brilliant—and something I never thought of, and now I can't imagine shooting phone photos without it. What's most exciting about this breakthrough—as explained in the great DP Review's explanation of the new "645 Pro" app—is what it foreshadows: the potential eventuality of RAW image capture from the camera built into your smart phone. It only makes sense. After all, if phones now have more megapixels than most D-SLRs from just a few years back… Well, if you're going to use your camera to take pictures—and the statistics say you most definitely will—then you might as well make them as great as possible. Check out the app, and then keep those fingers crossed that RAW capabilities aren't too far behind. And don't mistake my enthusiasm for a better quality phone picture for an endorsement to leave your real cameras at home. I'm just excited to see technological advancements in the cameras we carry with us everywhere.