Good news, pocket photographers: Your mobile device just became a much more powerful camera thanks to a new update to Lightroom Mobile. The app for iOS and Android now supports RAW HDR capture on newer devices, including the iPhone 6s and above, as well as the iPad Pro 9.7-inch; on Android, Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Google Pixel users can join in the fun.
Why would you want this if your phone already shoots HDR images with the basic camera app? Because RAW files preserve a lot more information about light and color captured in an image, and Lightroom’s built-in camera snaps a group of three automatically, including one it considers overexposed, an underexposed version, and one right in the middle where it deems exposure balanced overall.
Most JPEG HDR captures on devices grab only two images, and the JPEG compression also means you lose a ton of the image data that’s captured right away, meaning any resulting edits are going to look a lot more processes and a lot less natural.
Lightroom on mobile continues to gain features that make it a powerful complement to the desktop, and even a capable replacement for photographers who’d rather not be tied to their computer for edits while on the go. These updates boost its capabilities even further, making for a mobile shooting experience that may just convince even more pros and enthusiasts to leave the dedicated camera at home.