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  • New Camera App Provides "RAW" Image Format



    Developer Jag.gr’s 645 PRO may be the most "professional" camera app available for the iPhone. If ISO, f-stops, and RAW aren’t in your vocabulary, sticking with Instagram or the native camera app might be a smart choice.

    Jag.gr has packed a dizzying array of controls and options that many professional photographers and imaging professionals will recognize. The app borrows design elements from DSLR, rangefinder and medium-format cameras on top of providing a plethora of professional shooting options. Shooters can control their exposure, white balance, focus and utilize a live histogram as well as real-time ISO and shutter speed readings. Jag included auto-focus lock and auto exposure lock buttons as well.

    A few other features put this app in another league in terms of pro shooting features. The ability to select different “Backs” (aka aspect ratios) is a nice treat. The backs range from square (1:1) to panoramic (2.83:1). These different backs are all software crops as the iPhone’s image sensor is natively 4:3. To utilize the entirety of the iPhone’s sensor user’s should select the 645 back as it uses the entire sensor without a crop.

    Jag included a film mode selector as well. Each film/color mode attempts to replicate a film stock used in the old 645 Pentax medium-format film cameras. The film modes range from monochrome (black and white) to very rich, saturated color.

    However, the most interesting feature is the addition of a psuedo-RAW image format. This camera app gives users access to the processed "lossless" output of iPhone’s camera in what Jag calls “developed” RAW TIFF files. The RAW mode captures the processed data right off the iPhone’s camera sensor before the phone compresses the data into a JPEG and instead saves it as a TIFF file. These files can only be accessed later through iTunes.

    The "developed" RAW TIFF image mode is a first for camera applications. Every other camera app, even the native camera app, compresses photos into JPEGs. For those unfamiliar with RAW image processing, RAW image files provide photographers with as much information as possible straight off the camera's image sensor. The unprocessed images often look “flat”, but this is because they contain an insane amount of color information and give photographers tons of latitude to fine tune their images in post.

    While the “developed” RAW TIFF files aren’t “true” RAW image files, the fact Jag, is able to skip the JPEG compression and retain more color information is amazing. Don’t expect your iPhone images to rival DSLR’s or high-end point-and-shoot cameras, but for $2.99 645 Pro's additional features should satisfy those who want a little more control over their phone photography.

    Source: DP Review, Jag.gr
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Camera App Provides "RAW" Image Format started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. n0id's Avatar
      n0id -
      I like, let's try this out!
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      But its still using the crappy camera on the phone. Its not like you're going to get much better quality, if any at all. People need to stop thinking of the iphone as an actual camera.
    1. i113's Avatar
      i113 -
      It's not like the article lied about its function like those "legit" apps in the AppStore that promise 12 mp quality.

      I think it's awesome when people make the iPhone do things it wasn't intended to do! I say keep it up.
    1. mickspecial's Avatar
      mickspecial -
      the sensor is so small --- raw or not not going to make a difference.
    1. sunhillcopper's Avatar
      sunhillcopper -
      Sometimes when a photo opportunity presents itself the iPhone is the only camera I have, so a small lens and sensor is still better than zero megapixel nothingness!

      for 2.99 anything that can give me a little more to play with is a bargain!! even If I only end up using it on a handful of photos.
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      But its still using the crappy camera on the phone. Its not like you're going to get much better quality, if any at all. People need to stop thinking of the iphone as an actual camera.
      People need to remember that the best camera is the one they have with them and that most people dont want to go and spend $700 on a 600D just for posting to facebook!
      think your comments through a little first before you post them.

      ----

      i like the fact this is now possible but i cant really see a need for this type of app. the iphone camera just isnt built for this type of control lol. its more built for quick snapping and uploading to facebook. im still gonna try this out and see what its like but i probably wouldnt use it more than a few times.
    1. djdraco's Avatar
      djdraco -
      For all the times I forget to tote my d200 this could be a bit handy. I think my iPhone is sometimes just enough to get that "emergency" capture and if I can get the info in RAW, then I can have enough to work with in ACR later.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      It sounds like it would be amazing,

      WHY CAN'T I FIND THE APPLICATION NAME ANYWHERE in THE ARTICLE??

      Why the heck is basically the whole article what a raw image is, all nerds and ppl who take high quality photos already know this
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Its the way its worded that the name gets hidden. They should've made it more obvious.
      Its called 645 PRO.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Its the way its worded that the name gets hidden. They should've made it more obvious.
      Its called 645 PRO.
      Thank you
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      So does this app let me adjust things like F Stop and Shutter speed? or does it just show that info?
    1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar
      Phillip Swanson -
      It kind of fakes the exposure. You don't have control over the "f-stop" because the iPhone's camera has a fixed focal length, but you can adjust the shutter speed.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      I can change it off of JPG help
    1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar
      Phillip Swanson -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenderRodriguez View Post
      I can change it off of JPG help
      http://jag.gr/645/assets/pdf/645_PRO...Manual_1-1.pdf, here's the manual, almost everything you need to know is in here.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      http://jag.gr/645/assets/pdf/645_PRO...Manual_1-1.pdf, here's the manual, almost everything you need to know is in here.
      Nice dodge of the question, freakin hate manuals, it also doesn't state a CLEAR way to take a raw just set the exposure to do many seconds and hold down the camera button but when I do that it didn't take a photo
    1. Moreno53's Avatar
      Moreno53 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      But its still using the crappy camera on the phone. Its not like you're going to get much better quality, if any at all. People need to stop thinking of the iphone as an actual camera.
      You need to get a clue. The iPhone cam is the number #1 camera used on Flickr and Instagram. The iPhone is a massive reason why point and shoots are dying out.
    1. thomaswoodlick's Avatar
      thomaswoodlick -
      I like it and will try this for sure.