Flagship Nokia Smartphones to get Raw Photo Support

The Lumia 1020 and newly announced Lumia 1520 will give shooters their unprocessed images

lumia 1520

lumia 1520

At a Nokia event today, the company announced a new flagship device, the Lumia 1520 with a 20MP sensor — but also that it and the existing Lumia 1020 would be getting something that smartphone photographers have wanted for a long time: RAW.

Details are still scarce but according to reports from the announcement, both the Lumia 1520 and the Lumia 1020 will get support for exporting uncompressed image data, and according to a tweet by Nokia camera developer Juha Alakarhu, it'll be in DNG format.

True digital RAW has often been something of a holy grail for smartphone photographers, as otherwise you're entirely dependent on the manufacturer's processing engine doing a good job. Last year, an iPhone app promised RAW images, then recanted to call them "developed RAW" — but even so the results were extremely unconvincing. Hopefully, Nokia's take will offer true raw image files — though it's arguable how useful those would really be.