Forbes Contributor Paul Monckton reports that Android 5.0 brings one amazing new change - Google managed to improve the camera performance on every compatible smartphone! It means that your Android smartphone will be able to take better pictures without any hardware change and this shows how important the software is - sometimes even more important than hardware. On the other hand we all remember what the Magic Lantern hack did to Canon's cameras and now it seems that Google managed to do the same with Android smartphones. The company achieved this amazging result thanks to built-in support for RAW image files at the operating system level. In other words photo apps get full control over the image data captured by the sensor and for example the JPEG compression can be lower, so the picture should be of higher quality.
According to Paul an app called L Camera allows to save your pictures in the DNG format and Paul tested it on the Android 5.0 developer preview. He used a Google Nexus 5 handset and as you can see above the difference is simply huge!
"While some of us may like to take advantage of professional imaging software to perfect raw images from our smartphones, support for raw will also be of benefit to those who just want to continue to use their phone’s camera as normal.
Because Android apps now have access to the full raw data rather than compressed JPEGs, they will be able to generate better quality results for you. This could mean higher quality filters on your Instagram pictures and the ability to brighten and darken photos much more than you’ve previously been able to while maintaining good picture quality. All of this can happen behind the scenes, without the need for the user to understand image processing."
Paul also admits that RAW files are strictly for those who want to edit and perfect their photos after taking them, but it's great to see that now you will be able to take full advantage of your phone's camera.
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