Samsung’s RAW Expert camera app is coming to these Galaxy phones

Samsung’s Expert RAW camera app, announced alongside the Galaxy S21 Ultra in 2021, is coming to a number of Galaxy smartphones this year. At the Galaxy S22 Ultra launch event, Samsung announced that the app would be available for all S22 series devices, and this has now been expanded to even more Galaxy phones. Expert RAW is a camera app that allows users to have more granular control over their photos. Users will be able to adjust various settings like ISO, shutter speed, white balance, EV, manual focus and more to get the perfect shot. In addition, Expert RAW features a wider dynamic range and JPEG and RAW formats. The app even offers integrations with Adobe Lightroom, allowing users to make edits to RAW images.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the brand’s top-of-the-line smartphone and it has some serious camera features. Its rear camera specs include a 108MP main camera, 12MP ultra wide-angle camera, and two 10MP telephoto cameras, one with 3x optical zoom and one with 10x optical zoom. It also includes a high resolution 40 MP front camera sensor. The phone gets a new ‘Nightography’ mode that further improves low-light photography as well as advanced portrait photography. With Expert RAW, users can take 16-bit RAW photos from any of the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s cameras.

A post on the Samsung Community Forum (discovered by XDA Developers) confirmed the smartphones that will receive support for the Expert RAW app, as well as the release schedule. The Galaxy S22 series, which includes the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra, will receive the app on February 25th. it will be followed by the Galaxy S21 Ultra in early March and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in April. The Galaxy S20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 2 will receive the Expert RAW app in the first half of 2022, presumably before June.

Given Expert RAW’s advanced capabilities, supported smartphones are required to meet minimum hardware requirements. These include the Exynos 990/Snapdragon 865 chipset or better, 8GB of RAM and a telephoto lens with at least 2x optical zoom and Bayer RAW support. Samsung claims that the Expert RAW app requires advanced internal components for Multi RAW shooting and image processing. This means that some flagships like Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy Note20 don’t make the cut since the 64MP telephoto lens these models only support 1.1 zoom.

Samsung’s flagship smartphones already offer some of the best smartphone photography experiences, and the availability of an app tailored to make use of this high-end hardware is sure to please photographers. The wider release of the Expert RAW app is just one of the many benefits Samsung is bringing to its users. Samsung has become the top Android brand when it comes to providing software updates for their smartphones. It recently announced that a number of Galaxy devices would be eligible for four years of Android updates, including a number of affordable and flagship smartphones, tablets, and even Galaxy Watch models. The brand also announced that devices released after 2019 will receive four years of security updates, while some flagships like the Galaxy S21 and S22 series will receive five years of security updates.

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