Samsung Galaxy S9: How to Shoot RAW/DNG Photos

Samsung Galaxy S9: How to Shoot RAW/DNG Photos

With the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, Samsung has given the camera on its flagship handsets a major upgrade. The dual aperture lens along with an improved camera lens and processing means that the Galaxy S9 is able to capture photos that are vastly superior to its predecessor and competes right there with the Pixel 2.

The multi-frame noise reduction technology used by Samsung on the Galaxy S9 means that it can capture photos with an incredibly low level of noise. That’s all fine and dandy, but if you are a photographer, you’d want the camera to output photos in RAW/DNG format. This will give you the ability to tweak the image later on according to your own will. Given the small camera sensor on the Galaxy S9, shooting photos in RAW/DNG will not provide you with much details to play around with later on in post-processing. Nonetheless, if you want to shoot pictures in RAW/DNG format on your Galaxy S9, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the stock Camera app of your Galaxy S9. Then, tap the Settings button (cog icon) located on the top-right corner of the display.

Step 2: Now, tap Picture size and from the menu that opens up which primarily lists the different resolutions the camera can shoot pictures in, enable the ‘Save RAW and JPEG files’ option.

Step 3: The Galaxy S9’s camera app will not shoot photos in RAW/DNG format in the Auto mode even with the option enabled. For that, you will have to switch to Pro mode while taking any picture.


Before you start shooting RAW/DNG photos from your Galaxy S9, make sure that your phone has plenty of storage space. Each RAW/DNG photo weighs in around 30MB which means that a bunch of them will occupy a fair share of space on the handset. And as the option mentioned, your Galaxy S9 will save photos in JPEG as well so that you can still quickly and easily share them on social media.

If you are looking to edit RAW/DNG photos on your Galaxy S9 itself, you can try using Snapseed or Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom. Both apps support DNG editing and you will be able to make basic color tweaks with either of the apps.

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