Google, Apple, Adobe make your phone photos better by boosting raw format

CNET - 12-14

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If you take your smartphone photography seriously, it might be time to change your habits. That's because of improvements to a core camera technology: the raw photo format. Photographers with SLRs and other higher-end cameras have known for years the advantages of skipping ordinary JPEGs and instead shooting raw, which means using the unaltered data directly from a camera's image sensor. For them, the superior flexibility and image quality of raw photos outweigh the hassles. For shooting raw photos on smartphones, though, drawbacks have been more serious and benefits have been less clear.