The Galaxy S21 Ultra is almost a DSLR in your pocket, at least on a hardware level with four separate cameras tucked away in its camera bump. When it comes to software, unfortunately, it still falls short of this potential. Pro mode has always been a disappointment, but the photos taken by the phone are always excellent. As Samsung launches its new Expert Raw camera app, it looks like everything is about to change.
Once you open the Expert Raw app, you’ll see an interface similar to regular camera pro mode, with a few key differences. Along with new things like a histogram in the top right corner, perhaps the biggest change is the addition of support for the phone’s dual telephoto lenses, which we’ve been asking for from the S20 Ultra and its Space Zoom’s. last year.
Samsung’s pro mode already offered users plenty of controls, but it’s limited to the main and ultra-wide sensors, which is disappointing when we’re working with a phone that has all that amazing zoom gear. To remedy this and test new features, Samsung has created a brand new application: Expert Raw.
Before we start really digging into this release, there’s one pretty important thing to work out: Expert Raw is currently only officially available through the Galaxy Store in South Korea. Google didn’t do the best job of translating the ad for me, but it did enough for us to get a glimpse of what’s going on below the surface, and it deserves to be excited.
Samsung is also talking about combining information from multiple lenses for better low-light performance. Those details here are particularly muddled in translation, but it looks like the company is testing new software processing to improve performance on ultra-wide and telephoto lenses.
First of all, Expert Raw will always use the phone’s HDR to add post-processing to photos and save both a normal JPEG copy in addition to a multi-image RAW file. This could potentially lead to a competitor for Apple’s ProRaw, allowing us to benefit from that kind of software magic on the device while still retaining the ability to properly edit images.
All of these features are tested in Expert Raw, but it is expected that they will eventually come to the main camera app. In a way, it’s like Good Lock for your camera, but with a more sensible name. Samsung says Expert Raw is meant to be exclusively for the S21 Ultra running One UI 4, but some users have reported that it works on the S21 +. And again, since Expert Raw is only available in South Korea, you’ll need to use the APK if you live elsewhere.
Summary of the news:
- With the new Galaxy S21 Ultra camera app, Samsung wants to take on the iPhone
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