Samsung’s Expert RAW app is now available on more Galaxy smartphones. You can now use this application on your Galaxy S20 Ultra, Note 20 Ultra and Z Fold 2 to benefit from more professional controls when taking your photos. Find out how the Expert RAW app works.
Expert RAW was already available on Galaxy S22, S21 and Z Fold 4 You can download the app from Samsung’s Galaxy Store The app requires at least 8 GB of RAM and features like a 2x telephoto lens
Version 1.0.05.4 released by Samsung does not add new features. Instead, it’s an update intended to expand app support to Galaxy smartphones that have a compatible camera module.
What is the Expert RAW application for?
Expert RAW is a standalone camera app. It was initially reserved for a few Galaxy smartphones equipped with telephoto lenses and Bayer RAW technology. The advantage of the application is that it offers greater flexibility in setting the various options of the photo module which are not available in the standard application. While shooting, you can adjust ISO, shutter speed, white balance, and manual focus, among other things.
Download the Expert RAW app from the Galaxy App Store
The other major feature is the ability to take 16-bit RAW DNG images in addition to multi-mixed HDR files. These formats are mainly used in post-processing by amateurs or professional photographers. You can also use the direct link with Adobe’s Lightroom application.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is compatible with the Expert RAW app / © NextPit
Galaxy smartphones compatible with the Expert RAW application
Using Samsung’s Expert RAW application requires certain technical characteristics. Currently, it can be downloaded on smartphones with 2x optical zoom, Bayer RAW technology, at least one Snapdragon 865 and 8 GB of RAM. Expert RAW is therefore compatible with the following models:
However, there is a downside to using the Expert RAW app on older Galaxy smartphones, as it requires more power. Samsung says processing times may vary and may be slower with older models. It is not known if the South Korean manufacturer plans to extend the compatibility of the Expert RAW application to other models such as the Galaxy Z Flip 4 or Z Flip 3.
How to Use the Expert RAW App to Take Better Photos
The first thing you’ll notice is that the Expert RAW app lets you choose all available focal lengths. Samsung’s original camera app only allows you to select ultra-wide-angle and wide-angle lenses in Pro mode. Other than that, the Expert RAW app looks a lot like the Pro mode of Samsung’s standard camera app.
You will now be able to manually control all camera lenses! / © NextPit
As you can see in the image below on the left, you will be able to adjust the ISO value, shutter speed, exposure value and focus manually or leave them in automatic adjustment. Along the top of the screen you will find icons for settings, self-timer, metering mode, and displaying a histogram. The latter is useful for estimating whether the exposure you set manually is correct or not.
The Expert RAW app itself doesn’t have a lot of settings, and unlike the standard Samsung camera app, it still shoots RAW and JPEG photos at the same time.
You will be able to change some settings / © NextPit
Why take photos in RAW format? As we said, the standard camera app’s auto mode usually produces great results. But the JPEG images obtained after software processing do not leave many possibilities.
White balance, for example, is built into the image, as is exposure. By processing the RAW files yourself, you will not only be able to better adjust the color and exposure settings, but also retain some detail, as you can see in the comparison below.
See how the details are sharper with a RAW image / © NextPit
Although taking RAW photos might be a bit of a hassle for a novice, the difference in quality as seen in the photos above is definitely worth it. Once you understand what each option changes, a whole new world of photography craftsmanship will open up before you, and your Samsung Galaxy smartphone will prove to be a good tool.
Do you use the advanced functions of your smartphone’s camera app or do you prefer to take photos in automatic mode?