Want to buy a phone for camera..

Started Aug 8, 2013 | Questions thread
Jeff Peterman
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Re: iPhone

I did some searching and couldn't find anything that said that the app could access the unprocessed data from the camera. I did find this in DPREVIEW's review:

While you can export the TIFF to your Camera Roll at any time, in order to get the full size file, you have to access it through iTunes when your iPhone is plugged into your computer. The files are huge (mine were all at least 20MB), but their overall pixel count was no better than the maximum-quality JPEG output. When I brought the photos up in Photoshop and performed identical basic editing (levels and color balance), the photos performed exactly the same. It made me wonder if there is really much of a difference at all. Other than file size, how different are the max-quality JPEG and TIFF?

So, it suggests that the app can't access unprocessed data - as I would expect because most phone camera modules do the processing internally (in firmware) so that there is less load on the phone's processor/memory.

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