Lightroom for Android has got a major overhaul in its version 2.0. It brings the mobile image editor at par with the iOS version and goes a step further with an added bonus for RAW image support on devices that provide DNG capture capabilities.
Google integrated RAW capture API’s inside Android since Lollipop, and that is precisely what Adobe has used to provide support for mobile photography enthusiasts to enjoy.
The new feature should work on most of the recent Android devices which support shooting in Adobe’s DNG format.
So what are the benefits of RAW capture?
After they’ve been shot, photographers are allowed to do a lot of changes in their photos with RAW files,
The photos are not compressed at all, and an editor like Adobe Lightroom is able to work with the full data set given to the sensor, which allows more flexibility in the image editing process.
The issue with the RAW file is that they typically take up a lot more space than other popular image formats like JPEGs.
So even though they provide flexible options for image editing, they aren’t something everyone will want. It’ll require them to set aside their precious storage space given that smartphones nowadays are coming with non-expandable storage.
Still, it is a welcome feature for anyone who is looking to squeeze a bit more out of a scene than what the default camera app is capable of providing.
The version also adds a few other features like dehazing tool to adjust haze and fog in an image,
split toning enhancements, Target Adjustment Tool functionality in the Color/B&W editing tool, etc.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is free to try with an Adobe ID for a limited time and also or available with Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan subscription for full access.
The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store by clicking here