Nokia Publishes DNG RAW Image Samples Taken with Lumia Phones to Silence Critics


When Nokia announced that the new Lumia 1520 and the current Lumia 1020 would both soon have DNG Raw capabilities, the response was polarized — half of the smartphone photo community was excited, the other half skeptical. Would these files really give you the latitude that RAW is known for? Or would they just be a massive waste of hard drive space.

Well, in an attempt to silence critics and show that the Lumia’s RAW capabilities are a force to be reckoned with, Nokia has released some sample images taken by head of Nokia Imaging Technologies Juha Alakarhu. All of the photos are available for you to download in both high-resolution JPG and DNG RAW for tweaking in your favorite editor.


Having messed with them a tiny bit myself, I have to say first impressions are very good. Unlike “RAW” formats you can get from certain apps, these seem to be the real deal. The amount of latitude you have when messing exposure, white balance, etc. is quite impressive — especially when you remind yourself they were taken with a phone.

But don’t take our word for it. Head over to Nokia’s conversations blog, read up on everything Alakarhu had to say about shooting RAW on the 1020 and 1520, and then download the files for yourself. And once you’ve put them through your own editing routine, be sure to drop us a line in the comments and let us know what you think.

(via DPReview Connect)

  • David Liang

    Wow, I have to say I’m impressed. I still think it’s ridiculous for a phone and the 41mg raw file is absurd, but messing with it in camera raw and it’s impressive.

  • Alan Klughammer

    I hope raw comes to other phone cameras. I really don’t like the windows 8 interface.

  • Paul

    Raw photos from phones would kill a lot of my interest in small mirrorless cameras

  • Zack Griswold

    “But don’t take our word for it”
    To be honest, I’d rather take your word for it rather than the manufacturer, who are obviously biased.

    Also, I downloaded one of the photos RAW, totally grainy and not even sharp. Exactly what I’d expect from a cell phone camera with way too many pixels on too small of a sensor. Noise was 3x worse than my 5D at over 3200iso

  • Raghavendra Kopalle

    Hey how fair is it to compare with a fullframe :) Did you try downsampling to 5D’s resolution and compare? Eager to know

  • Zack Griswold

    I’m just trying to point out that 41MP is too many pixels. Just did the conversion, and it’s the equivalent of a full frame having 609MP. All show, no go.

  • Black Light Shoots

    They are so fine for a phone. No complaints here.

  • iPhone sucks


  • gochugogi

    Did it feel good to SHOUT that and while safe and anonymous? I rarely talk on the phone but love listening to iTunes tracks. Great for passing time while waiting for good light. If Nokia adds an EVF, M43 lens mount and full iTunes compatibility I’d consider tossing both my iPhone and E-P5.

  • Genkakuzai

    Now if only it wasn’t 1) Nokia 2) Windows

  • Al

    Typical reply from a crapple/copybot fanboy.

  • Genkakuzai

    Typical reply from a Microsux/Nokia fanboy.

  • Genkakuzai

    And for the record Android and any other brand than Nokia would’ve been fine as well. So just go sit in the corner with your failed fanboy attempt.

  • Bob

    Now now ladies don’t get your knickers in a twist!

  • Sarah BK

    You’re comparing one of the best Canon SLRs out there… to a mobile phone camera…

    …I would throw the 5D away if the phone was better.

  • Willi Kampmann

    Not trying to bash your Windows Phone, but the shift key is working perfectly on iPhones.

  • steve bjos

    You don’t understand how the Nokia works.. it combines multiple pixels into one

  • Zack Griswold

    Link to the source on that? Either way it would not sway my opinion, 41, or 32, or 21, etc, are too many MP for the sensor size.

    Either way you say it uses multiple pixels per pixel? Still multiple pixels.

  • Rob

    I’m un educated on this phone and curious what will happen with all of these raw files that are stored on it…? Can you insert an SD card into it? If so, that would be amazing.

  • Guest

    Your gonna want to consider using a tripod with this device if you wish to milk it for every detail and avoid the obvious motion blur found in the examples, (something of big deal with MF to begin with, it shows everything, errors and all).

    Second, you’ll need to learn about processing RAWs files in order to take advantage of the format -which is a good thing.

    Third. I know it’s not fair to compare these to a real camera. However, for all the efforts, why not just use a real camera for an optimal return?

    If you can live with the limitations (or differences depending on your view), then I think the RAW format and the above can only improve the quality of your work.

  • Sandi David

    Can your 5D makes a phone call, send a text, update your facebook and twitter? If not then shut up.

  • Zack Griswold

    Sandi, you’re a tool. We’re not comparing cell reception here, go walk into oncoming traffic.

  • Sandi David

    Whaattt? You want to take a photo of my tool with your 5D at 3200 ISO? It will be grainy

  • Zack Griswold

    I don’t have a macro lens, apologies.

  • Candido Dessanti

    you will enjoy the ugly jpg from your android phone for a long time then

  • Sandi David

    You can borrow mine i’ve got Canon 3D so realistic better than the Lumia 1020 or Nikon D800 or Canon 70D

  • Tyrelle Watts

    to those who say use a real camera, this is the thing, sometime photo ops just happen, sometimes your phone camera is all that you have on you. i love my nikon d90 and d5000 but reality i’m not going to be lugging them around all the time. so as a person who loves photography this is the best option. also saying 41mp is to much try cropping your 8mp images into 3 or 4 different compositions.

  • davuvnik

    So your expectations where to be equal or better than your 5D… why don’t you compare it against a mid range P&S which is its real competitor camera-wise. you just pointed out the obvious in a snobbish totally unecessary way. Nokia hasn’t tried to go against mirrorless, so your comments are therefore useless and make you look like a tool. 41mpx isn’t a lot when they are used propperly IN A SMARTPHONE FOR SMARTPHONE PURPOSES, If you expected that result then you shouldn’t be sorprised but then again you were so eager to say exactly what you expected…¬¬ tool/troll

  • Zack Griswold

    Look butt pirate, at least read my comments before trolling me. I compared the almost brand new sensor noise at 100 iso, to my 6 year old sensor’s tech at 3200 iso. Pretty fair chance, as most smartphones at 100iso should be/are better. 41mp is too much for an aps-c sized sensor, so of course it’s too many for a 2/3″ sensor. Go back to your hole.