Here is the list of our favourite camera apps that allow you to capture RAW pictures on Nokia Android phones. Did you know, your Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8 phones are capable of taking pictures in RAW? Smartphone cameras have become very powerful nowadays. From mid-range Android phones to high-end, most phones have great camera sensors capable of taking shots that are very close to a DSLR camera photo. And by that, we mean shooting pictures in RAW.
Capturing pictures in RAW allows you to save every detail your camera sensor captures. No compression or processing is done on the images taken in RAW format. This allows photographers to edit, process and modify pictures the way they want, with every possible detail available to them. Nokia phones come with pure Android experience and the software has been optimized well to support the new Camera2 API in Android since Lollipop. This allows the phone to capture pictures in RAW, change shutter speeds, set ISO levels manually etc. You can later process RAW photos directly on your Nokia phone with an app, like Snapseed.
Top Camera Apps to Capture RAW Pictures
Most smartphone brands now have built-in support to capture RAW pictures in their camera apps. However, the Nokia Camera app does not have that. There are some very basic manual controls for changing exposure, white balance or focus metering, but no advance controls. This is where third-party apps come in and can provide all the manual photography functions you need.
We have shortlisted some of our favourite camera apps that allow you to capture pictures in RAW on Nokia Android phones. All of these apps allow you to take greater control of your Nokia phone camera and take that perfect shot just the way you like.
Manual Camera – Paid
Manual Camera takes full advantage of the Camera2 API and lets you capture pictures with complete manual control. This was the very first app to implement full manual control and is definitely one of our favourites. You can set the following options in Manual Camera:
- Manual Shutter Speed
- Manual Focus Distance
- Manual ISO
- Manual White Balance
- Manual Exposure Compensation
And in addition to all these features, you get full RAW (DNG) support. You can start using the app in full auto mode, but later move to manual controls by changing each parameter one at a time.
Open Camera – Free
Open Camera is a full featured camera app for Android phones with a huge number of features. It offers similar functions to Manual Camera, but it is completely free to download and use. Some of the features include:
- Expose your camera’s functionality: support for focus modes, scene modes, color effects, white balance, ISO, exposure compensation/lock, face detection, torch.
- Optimise GUI for left or right-handed users.
- Option to take photo remotely by making a noise (e.g., voice, whistle), or by voice command “cheese”.
- Apply date and timestamp, location coordinates, and custom text to photos; store date/time and location as video subtitles (.SRT).
- Support for Camera2 API: manual focus distance; manual ISO; manual exposure time; manual white balance temperature; RAW (DNG) files.
- a lot more!
If you are looking to test out your phone camera, then this is the first app you should go for.
Camera FV-5 – Paid
This is another powerful camera app that brings DSLR-like manual controls in our fingertips. This camera app has been tailored towards professional photographers who use their Android phones to capture photos. Using Camera FV-5, you can capture RAW photos in best quality and process them later for the best possible results.
Camera FV-5 is fully supported on the Nokia 6 with all manual controls as well as RAW support. Some notable features from this app are:
- All photographic parameters are adjustable and always at hand: exposure compensation, ISO, light metering mode, focus mode, white balance and program mode.
- DSLR-like viewfinder display: see exposure time, aperture and stops display with EV and bracketing settings, in real-time!
- Full fledged exposure bracketing: from 3 to 7 frames, unlimited stops spacing, plus custom EV shifting.
- Built-in intervalometer: make stunning timelapses (even bracketed/HDR timelapses) and time-controlled picture series.
- Program and Speed-priority modes.
- Long exposure support: take beautiful night photos and light trails with long exposure times up to 30 seconds.
- JPEG, true 16-bit RAW in DNG format, and lossless PNG photo capturing formats, perfect for post-processing.
Footej Camera – Free
Footej Camera offers similar features to other apps but in a beautiful, bloat-free and easy-to-use UI. It so easy, that even first timers with manual controls will be glad to use the app. And the best part, Footej Camera is available for free on the Google Play Store.
This app is fully supported by phones that make use of the Camera2 API. Here is a quick run down of the features offered by Footej Camera:
- Simple and bloat-free user interface
- Amazing Photo and Video quality
- Utilizes Android’s camera 2 API (on devices that supports the API)
- Focus and exposure from different areas (if supported by device)
- Integrated Gallery and Slider
- Burst mode
- Animated GIFs
- Video slow motion recording
- Manual ISO, Focus, Shutter Speed control (if supported by device)
- RAW format (if supported by device)
- Snapshot during video recording
- Selfie Light
Now that we have listed some of the best apps that feature manual controls and RAW support, you need to process them with better details and colour correction. You can easily do it on a computer using Adobe Lightroom or other apps, but let’s take a look at how to edit RAW photos on Android phones.
How to Edit RAW Photos and Process Them
The best and free app available for this purpose is the one and only Snapseed by Google. Snapseed offers a number of editing tools, filters and presets that you can use to edit your pictures — and make them awesome!
To be fair and honest, you may have seen a number of Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 pictures on this website that had been color-corrected and modified with this app — we love using it! Snapseed fully supports RAW (DNG) and you can unlock additional settings once you open a RAW image.
Have we missed an app? What apps do you use for capture stunning photos with your Nokia phone?
We would love to know your phone camera set up. Let us know in the comments below!