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Nokia Releases Sample RAW Files from Lumia Phones

By Anthony Thurston on November 1st 2013

Nokia is really shaking up the consumer photography world, first by releasing a smartphone in the lumia 1020 that is camera first, phone second, and now by enabling RAW output from these devices. Many were skeptical of the quality that a RAW file that a phone could produce, so Nokia has just released a few sample DNG files for anyone to play with.


I just spent some time looking at a few of the samples, and I am actually really impressed. There was some initial lag when loading the files into Lightroom 5 (and photoshop), but once they were in they worked fine. I noticed that in some of the files there was some banding in the highlights if you messed with them too much, but overall I was impressed with these files.

You can check out an example edit of one of the raw files below, processed with the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets. I have also included an unprocessed JPG so you can see those as well. Take a look below:

Example 1: Processed with the HDR Heavy Preset (Click for Full Res)


Example 1: Not Processed (Click for Full Res)

So what do you guys think? They aren’t DSLR quality, but they are really impressive considering they came out of a phone. I can certainly see myself using one of these on vacation over lugging around a huge DSLR unless it was needed.

If you would like to download the Nokia RAW files to take a look for yourself you can head on over to the Nokia SkyDrive to get access to those files.

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Jesper Anhede

    As you wrote out, really impressive and really interesting when you do not have the dslr nearby =)

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