The latest update for Camera FV-5, a third-party camera app, makes Android the second (after Windows Phone) mobile OS to allow capture of Raw image files. The app has been rewritten to take advantage of the improved camera support under the latest Android version, 5.0 Lollipop, and in the settings menu you will now find an option to save a DNG file with your JPEG images. We had a quick play with the feature and have been able to open and edit DNG files from a Google Nexus 6 in Adobe Camera Raw. Without a corresponding camera profile DNG images look too dark out of the box but we would hope that software makers will soon provide profiles, at least for the most popular Android models.

Another useful new feature is support of full manual shutter speeds from 1/8000 to 2 seconds, or the range that is available on your specific device. This comes with a new shutter speed scale that is more user friendly than the shutter speed priority tool bar in the previous version.

Raw capture can be enabled in the settings menu.

The bad news is that both new functions require Android 5.0+ and a fully compliant Camera2 implementation. Currently only the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 fulfill those requirements but the list of supported devices should grow quickly as manufacturers make Lollipop updates available for their Android smartphone models.

The update also introduces a manual focus mode that can be found in the focus mode tool bar, as well as real-time display of shutter speed and ISO. If you own a Nexus 5 or 6 and would like to try the new functions, you can now download Camera FV-5 from the Google Play Store for $3.95. 

Shutter speed can be selected on a newly implemented shutter speed scale.

Via: The Phoblographer