Lightroom Mobile Update: Built-in Camera Now Shoots in RAW!


Big news out of Adobe today for iPhone and iPad users — on the heels of Apple announcing last week that iOS 10 will support Adobe’s .DNG raw format, Adobe released an update to Lightroom Mobile that lets you shoot RAW .DNG images with its built-in camera.

When you launch Lightroom Mobile’s camera, to pick your file format (JPG or raw DNG), tap the little file format icon that appears at the top of the camera (or in the center on the left side when you’re shooting horizontally, as seen above).

That’s right — shooting .DNG from the app, and editing in RAW all on your iPhone in LR Mobile! Sweet!!!


NOTE: This works on any iOS 10 device that has a 12-megapixel camera (so the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, SE, iPhone 7, the  7 Plus, and the iPad Pro 9.7).  It does NOT work on the iPhone 6 (it only has an 8-megapixel camera) — it has to be the 6s or higher, which has the 12-megapixel version of the camera. Also, you have to have the new iOS 10 installed (which I believe was just released today).

The Lightroom Team at Adobe did a blog post today that really demonstrates the advantages of shooting in RAW versus JPEG in a very visual way. Here’s the link.

Also, make sure you check out Terry White’s video on the changes (with great examples, too). Here’s that link.

Now head over to the App Store, update your iPhone, and grab your free Lightroom Mobile update (thanks, Adobe!). 🙂



P.S. I know I switched to posting on Wednesday, but since this was breaking news, I thought I had to jump in here a day earlier. I figured you wouldn’t mind. Hey, I might even have something for tomorrow after all. 🙂

Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. I have a question – with the 7 plus there are 2 cameras, so that in the native camera app 2x zoom is optical, not digital. In the Lightroom Mobile app, as you zoom in, does it honor the digital zoom up to 200%?

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  2. It seems like storage on the iPhone can be an issue. How is that managed?

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  3. I bought my iPhone 6 with 128 GB memory thinking that it would be my phone for about 3-4 years. Two years later this RAW thing is announced – and my phone is too old to use it …

    Really. What is the reason for not making DNG work in iPhone 6?

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  4. What is the file size of these RAW files, (my iPhone is an SE 64GB). Also, can we edit them in LR on the desktop? How are they syncing with the desktop, and if so, where do they show up in the Library module? I am not seeing mine, meaning I took a test shot on my phone, then it looked like it synced on my phone, but its not showing on my desktop…Which LR class talks about this? Sorry, not using LR much these days, but this feature could be useful.

    Thank you.

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    • They are DNG files so can be edited in anything that supports that format (including LR)

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    • The files are around 14MB, but depends on the contents (there is lossless compression applied). The files are automatically synced to your desktop client through the cloud, just make sure both your iPhone and Desktop clients are signed into the same account 🙂

      The synced images will show up in the Library in a device / drive labeled after the name of your device. Additionally, you will see all synced files in the collection set “From Lr Mobile”.

      You can change the location of where the files are synced if you want in the perferences.

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      • Samsung S7 (and maybe other smartphones too) can shoot RAW as well, so it would be nice to have this feature on the Android version of Lightroom Mobile.

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        • Please remove my comment, this feature is already there for Android users!

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        • Right?! Why does Adobe have to always bow at the Apple alter and leave the Android users (who are the majority) waiting. We’re still waiting for gradients, etc. Come on Adobe and Android, shake hands and let’s get on with it.

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          • I thought this feature is for an iPhone users only. Until a have read the comment of Nassos.
            Thanks for this information!

          • Raw-Images saved to the internal memory. How do I save on external memory


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