If you've read our guide to getting started with RAW photography on your Android phone, you may be wondering how to take RAW photos on your own device.
Why doesn't my phone support RAW photos/Camera2 API
Unfortunately RAW photography requires support from both hardware and software. RAW support was added in Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with the Camera2 API, so earlier Android versions will not have this functionality. (The Camera2 API also what gives you control over shutter speed, ISO, and aperture).
However, even if you have Android 5.0 or higher, your phone's manufacturer has to have enabled support when building the device. Many phone cameras will simply convert the sensor data straight to a JPG and send that to the Android system. In these devices the raw sensor data simply isn't available to the Camera 2 API.
Phones that support RAW photography
|Phone||Our review||Where to buy|
|HTC One A9||Amazon|
|HTC One M9||Amazon|
|HTC Bolt||Exclusive to Sprint|
|Samsung Galaxy Note5||Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+||Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy S7||Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||Amazon|
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