As Apple’s iOS 10 lands, Adobe adds DNG raw capture support to Lightroom for iPhone and iPad


posted Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 8:59 AM EDT


If you're shooting with a recent Apple iPhone or iPad and want to maximize the versatility of your rear-facing iSight camera, we've good news for you. Alongside the launch of Apple's iOS 10 update, Adobe has simultaneously released an update to its Lightroom for Mobile apps supporting both iPhone and iPad devices -- and it will finally unleash the power of DNG raw capture on your Apple device!

Although iOS 10 now supports DNG raw capture, Apple's built-in Camera app won't let you shoot raw images. Instead, you'll need to rely on third-party apps, and Adobe's is first out of the gate. Photoshop Lightroom for iPhone and iPad will now support DNG raw capture using the built-in iSight camera on any iOS 10 device with a 12-megapixel camera. That's a fair few devices, including not only the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which are due to start shipping in a couple of days, but also the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE, as well as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

With any of the above devices, once you've upgraded to iOS 10 and Lightroom 2.5.0, you'll be able to shoot DNG raw files and then process them right on your phone or tablet. And you'll also be able to take advantage of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro's wide-gamut DCI-P3 capable displays in Lightroom for iPad. Once the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available for purchase, the Lightroom for iPhone release will also support the DCI-P3 gamut of their displays.

Adobe also notes that it has fixed some bugs in both releases, although it doesn't detail precisely what these were. For more info on why you'd want to shoot in raw format -- and why the DNG raw format in particular -- you'll want to read the post "Adobe DNG Leads the Way for High-Quality Photos on Smartphones and Tablets" on Adobe's official blog. There, you'll get the back story from Thomas Knoll, the man behind both Adobe Photoshop and the DNG raw format.

(via 9 to 5 Mac)