You read that right. It was rumoured late last year that Google was playing around with the Android camera API to include raw capability, and then we reported that this feature was rolled out with the latest 5.0 Lollipop update on many Android devices, but now we finally have an app that lets us access this feature and use it to our hearts content.
That app is Camera FV-5, and for some time now this app has allowed photographers full manual control of their camera phone. Well they have been hard at work since Lollipop rolled out and have implemented Google's ability to access raw image data into their app. This means you can now use the Camera FV-5 app as a raw editor for the images you take using your Android camera phone! With time we fully anticipate other apps to implement this feature.
The benefits of shooting raw are many, but one has to wonder how important they are given the format and technical limits of our smartphones. Regardless, whether this is mostly a gimmick or whether it will prove to be a much used feature, it is clear that our smartphones are edging ever closer to become our full time cameras.
For those of you who have had a chance to play with the app, what do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts and sample images in the comments below!