Samsung has just launched the Expert RAW camera app with support for 16-bit Linear DNG RAW from all four cameras on the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
The DNG files include the multi-frame-based HDR processing of standard JPEG images, but with the added flexibility of the 16-bit RAM file. You can make the files look the way you want, without worrying about losing the excellent dynamic range, detail and sharpness of the Galaxy S21 Ultra images.
The DNG files also have an embedded profile for Lightroom and a direct integration to export images from the Expert RAW app to Lightroom Mobile on Android.
In addition to DNG support, Expert RAW includes full control over shooting parameters such as ISO, shutter speed, focus and white balance. You can also choose to have a histogram visible.
We shot a few samples with Samsung’s camera app in JPEG and Expert RAW in DNG and see a pretty much identical picture before we edited. But you need to process the DNG files with an app like Lightroom, because exporting the DNGs to JPEGs with Google Photos results in a flat image without HDR processing or fixes.
Expert RAW is currently only available for Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra devices running Android 12 and through the Galaxy Store. If you have such a device but can not see the app in your local store, you can download the APK from Tron. It reportedly does not work on devices other than the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Supported in S21U running Android 12 or later.
Linear DNG 16bit raw, lossless JPEG, HDR, ISO, shutter speed, EV, manual focus, white balance, histogram, UW, wide angle, telephoto (3x), telephoto (10x) lens pic.twitter.com/6VSuDQo9tE
– Tron ❂ (@FrontTron) November 24, 2021