How to Shoot RAW Images in iOS 10 on iPhone or iPad

Shooting RAW photos on iPhone or iPad gives you more control while you editing the photo. iPhone 7 /Plus both devices have the best camera with lots of new features, especially iPhone 7/Plus camera take the photography to the next level but it doesn’t compete for the pro level shot. Running iOS 10 on iPhone allow its users to capture RAW photos.


  • RAW shooting only supported in iOS 10, running on supported models of iPhone 7/Plus, iPhone 6S/Plus, iPhone SE or iPad Pro (9.7 inches).
  • Capturing RAW photos is not straightforward; You can’t capture RAW photo using default camera app. You need to install an app that is capable of doing this. So, you either need one of these RAW photo apps: Manual, ProCamera or Abode Lightroom.
  • Make sure you have free storage because RAW photos will take some more storage that standard JPG files.

Why RAW Photos?

Capturing raw image has lots of benefits for professional, in raw image editors can take the whole control of Shutter, ISO, White Balance, Focus, Exposure Compensation and more.

jpeg vs raw iPhone or iPad

How to Shoot RAW photos in iOS 10

  • First, you need to update your iOS device to at least iOS 10.
  • Now, to shoot RAW photos, you have to install one of the above-mentioned apps on your device, here, we are going to use “Manual” app.
  • Download and install “Manual” app and launch it.
  • After opening the “Manual” app. Go to app settings from bottom right corner, tap on it to open settings
  • In settings simply toggle the Save RAW option and after that choose whether you want to save just RAW file and look for file format option like DNG.

How to edit RAW photos

You can edit RAW photo directly into the app that used to capture photos, like Manul, ProCamera, or Adobe Lightroom but, don’t try to edit from default Photos app or camera roll.

The only disadvantage is of saving RAW images are your iPhone, iPad device storage will decrease in no time. Like in iPhone 6S simple shooting with the default camera app, JPEG format for a single photo will take 2MB and on the same device RAW format shooting will take 16MB size on your device.

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