All photography fanatics with top smartphone will received this new gift from Adobe with open Arms. Lightroom mobile ’s in-app camera is getting an update today both on iOS and Android that’ll let it capture RAW HDR photos.

The images you will capture using this app are not only stunning plus breath taking. Adobe says the photos are made by stitching together three RAW images. This is a pretty standard process for creating an HDR photo, but Adobe claims it can deliver “greatly increased dynamic range” over what your phone would typically put out.

The typical benefits of shooting in RAW remain here, too. You get a 32-bit file with more color information and more flexibility to alter the exposure or white balance. As expected the RAW files are stored in Adobe’s own DNG format.

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The company has put out some photos (a few of which are included here)to tease the public with what their app can do using its HDR RAW mode . They look colorful, contrasty, with occasionally unreal results.

HDR Raw sample image: Photo Adobe
HDR Raw sample image: Photo Adobe

Unfortunately, you’re only going to be able to use this feature if you have a recent, top-of-the-line smartphone — presumably since shooting three RAW photos in succession and then combining them is a pretty intensive task. There are top smartphones that can support this new mode

  1. iPhone 7
  2. iPhone 7 Plus
  3. iPhone 6S
  4. iPhone 6S Plus
  5. iPhone SE
  6. Google Pixel
  7. Google Pixel XL
  8. Galaxy S7
  9. Galaxy S7 Edge
  10. iPad Pro -9.7-inch
HDR Raw sample image: Photo Adobe
HDR Raw sample image: Photo Adobe

That’s a pretty small group of devices, but Adobe says it’s working to expand the selection. If you plan to buy a high-end smartphone this year like the iPhone 8 or Galaxy s8 it is also likely that your phone will be compatible. We plan to take this app for a spin a take some shots around Kampala.