17 Android phones that take RAW photos

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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

PhoneOur reviewWhere to buy
Google PixelAmazon
HTC One A9Amazon
HTC One M9Amazon
HTC BoltExclusive to Sprint
HTC 10Amazon
LG G4Amazon
LG G5Amazon
LG V10Amazon
Nexus 5XAmazon
Nexus 6PAmazon
OnePlus 2Amazon
OnePlus XAmazon
OnePlus 3Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Note5Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S7Amazon
Samsung Galaxy S7 EdgeAmazon

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Helen Alonso

Originally from Scotland, Helen now enjoys the beautiful scenery of the Rockie Mountains in the USA. Phone of choice: Samsung Galaxy.