Nokia's new Lumia 1520 phablet and recently released Lumia 1020 smartphone will have RAW photo capabilities. The smartphones will have the option to save uncompressed Digital Negative (DNG) files.
With the Lumia 1520's 20MP and Lumia 1020's 41MP potential, allowing for RAW file saving could fill up your phone pretty quickly. The Lumia 1020, especially, has the storage-sucking combination of giant photos and no SD card support. On the other hand, the Lumia 1520 accepts SD cards as big at 64GB.
While the Lumia 1520 will not be the first smartphone to save files as a DNG (iPhone users have been able to do that with different apps), it is the first manufacturer to openly support uncompressed photo saving and processing.
Previous attempts at RAW apps on iOS gave us huge files and glitchy photo editing. We couldn't find any benefits of uncompressed TIFFs and the one iOS app that promised real DNG photo editing left us with nonsense output. By providing full support of uncompressed photography, Nokia will hopefully be able to realize the potential of RAW photo editing on a smartphone.
The 6-inch Lumia 1520 will ship with with RAW support but the Lumia 1020 will get the feature when it receives the Nokia Black update early next year. The new Nokia Camera and Nokia Storyteller apps are also expected to come to older devices at that time.
We expect to deliver a full report on the Lumia 1520's RAW potential when we can put it through our rigorous review process.