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Mobile RAW DNG Arrives to Nokia Lumia PureView Phones

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Nokia is not going through a good phase, even after the purchase of its Devices & Services division by Microsoft, but Nokia devices have been the ones paying more attention to professional photography thanks to its Carl Zeiss partnership. This tendency is reinforced with the new Nokia Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 being the first devices with mobile RAW DNG capture – users will be able to save photos as RAW lossless files, allowing for expanded photo editing on a computer.

Nokia Lumia 1020 PureView

Turning the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520 into professional cameras

According to Nokia Conversations, the head of imaging technologies from Nokia says that “this is one of the most exciting announcements for me, as it has been a request from several users for a long time. Essentially people passionate about photography”. Digital negatives were a feature only available on semi-pro to professional cameras, but now both the Lumia 1520 and the Lumia 1020 have it and therefore are one step closer to being cameras with smartphones in them, instead of smartphones with cameras.

How to capture RAW DNG on Nokia Lumia PureView?

Users can discover more about the DNG format from the Wikipedia article here. The actual steps to capture images in this format are quite simple:

Nokia Lumia Mobile RAW DNG setting

  1. Go to > Camera Application and then > Settings
  2. Then > Pictures
  3. As you will see the DNG format is not the default mode to take pictures as it is not popular to the masses.
  4. Select the JPEG (5PM) + DNG (38 MP) option

Users will see JPG images with 5MP, which is acceptable to share pictures from a smartphone, but at the same time, the mobile RAW DNG file will be stored and can be opened and edited on a computer, with the 38MP resolution and complete dynamic range offered in the handset. These pictures can only be edited using Photoshop Lightroom, Rawtherapee or similar software, as Microsoft Paint, for example, does not support it.

A set of sample images has been uploaded to the Nokia Conversations post here.

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By , Financial Director and Correspondent on Nov 1st, 2013 GMT +2

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