You Can Now Shoot RAW on iPhone Thanks to Lightroom

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Now You Can Shoot RAW on iPhone!

If you’re a photographer and an iPhone 6s (or higher) user, you’re going to be happy once you upgrade to iOS 10 and Lightroom 2.5 for iOS. With an iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus or iPad Pro 9.7″ you can now capture images in either JPG or DNG (RAW). The benefits of RAW over JPG have been well documented, but I decided to record a video not only showing how the new RAW capture feature works, but to also show you RAW vs. JPG comparisons from an iPhone 6s Plus and the quality differences:

RAW (DNG) offers a much greater dynamic range. You are not locked into a white balance choice with a RAW workflow and you don’t have JPG compression artifacts. As iPhone cameras get better and better (can’t wait to receive my iPhone 7 Plus this weekend) we’ll be capturing more and more images with them. The Lightroom team published a great blog post on the subject here. Also the Lightroom Killer Tips blog has a good post as well here.


  • Bud Gibson

    Great post. I was unaware that I could capture photos directly into a collection if shooting from lightroom. I have the 6S Plus. Can I set the camera app to just capture DNG vs JPG? (PS Sorry to see you move from up here in MI. I grew up about 4 hours west of your current location in Huntsville, AL).

  • Bud Gibson

    Answering my own question, you apparently can only shoot in RAW on iOS using 3rd party apps per http://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/what-is-raw-photography-thomas-knoll/

  • Javier Cavallo

    don´t forget that the iPhone SE also has the same camera of the 6S and can shoot RAW too

  • Mike Tuffley

    So not on the 12.9″ Pro?

  • Mike Tuffley

    I just realized this means I can make a lens profile with the xrite color checker passport for the iPhone.

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  • Lightroom is indeed for an iPhone user I can say 😉 It is an awesome experience to use Lightroom camera at full fledge.