Now that more and more people are using their smartphones as their main camera, and some have even done entire photoshoots with one, it was only a matter of time until manufacturers started allowing raw capture. For the newly released HTC One M9, that day is today.
[UPDATED May 1, 2015] Added sample images and link to full-res download.
The mobile photography industry has seen exponential growth in the last few years with apps like Instagram and companies like Lensbaby releasing special lenses just for mobile photographers. Mobile phone images have even made the cover of Time Magazine. One thing mobile users always missed though was raw support. Today HTC has changed that. The latest update to the HTC Camera app now allows users on the latest flagship phone to record raw images.
There have been apps around for a good amount of time that allowed a back-end type of way to shoot raw images, and the Nexus devices have had this ability since the release of Android Lollipop. However, this is one of the first non-Nexus mobile device that allows raw capture straight from the manufacturer.
You can download these full-res images and more here at HTCSource.
Is raw support something you want or need from a smartphone? Or is this just another feature that will be a nice to have but not necessary?
Images used with permission from HTCSource.