It’s one of the biggest clashes of our time, one that pits families against one another with stalwart and staunch supporters on both ends of the spectrum, many of whom blindly worship their choice as the be-all-and-end-all. No, I’m not talking about the Kanye West and Taylor Swift feud. I’m talking about the great smartphone debate: iPhone vs. Android. Passionate and devoted individuals in both camps are quick to spatter out a laundry list of reasons why their smartphone is the one and only choice.
While Apple’s utter dominance has made iPhones arguably the more ubiquitous smartphone choice, a certain capability of Android phones, powered by apps like Lollipop and Adobe’s latest update for Lightroom, gives Android users another bullet point in their arsenal against iPhones: the ability to shoot RAW photos. For those of you who aren’t ride or die photographers, RAW files allow more editing capabilities for photos to be performed after an image has been shot, due to their completely uncompressed nature. Google enables Android phones to shoot and save RAW files, while iPhone doesn’t allow camera apps to save these files.
Lightroom’s latest update enables Android users to use the app as a camera that can shoot and capture RAW photos in Adobe’s DNG format. This puts it ahead of the app’s iOS capabilities, especially since the Android version conveniently added features like haze removal and split toning that the iOS version already possessed in order to keep up, and ultimately surpass, Lightroom in iOS. Most current or recent Android phones are equipped and able to shoot, capture and store RAW photos and files.
The downside to RAW files is that they take up a lot more space than your standard JPEG, but for photographers, the editing capabilities that RAW photos allow is quite an attractive lure. An app like Lightroom is able to tap in and work with the full data set given to the camera’s sensor, allowing for more flexibility and potential for how images can be edited. For mobile photographers, Adobe’s Lightroom app offers a better option to most built-in camera apps on phones and opens new windows of possibility for how those photos can be polished. Just keep an eye on your storage.