Continuously trying to bridge the gap between smartphone cameras and DSLRs, Nokia today has launched an updated version of Nokia Camera, which provides support for RAW DNG imaging.
The updated Nokia Camera is currently compatible only with the Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone flagship, making it the world’s first smartphone capable of capturing RAW images. Of course, the 1520 hasn’t been released yet, but it will hit shelves starting the next few days.
RAW DNG is a format standardized by Adobe in 2004. It will now allow mobile photographers to “be more creative and do more with the images from their Nokia Lumia than ever before.” Naturally, RAW files will be larger than JPEG ones, but that’s a price you have to pay to get completely untouched images that you can process later.
A new software update – called Lumia Black and already available on the 1520 – will enable the Lumia 1020 to support RAW DNG, too. The update is scheduled to arrive in early 2014. Nokia didn’t say if other older Lumia models will also get the update.
Meanwhile, the Nokia Camera app is available to download here.
You can read more about Nokia Camera and the RAW DNS format at Nokia Conversations – here and here.