1. raidon's Avatar
    Hi all. Recently bought a used Tab S 10.5 (my first Android device) and I love it.

    Its JPGs are great, but I'd really like to shoot in RAW if I can.

    Can some kind person please enlighten me on this?
    04-05-2016 04:39 PM
  2. SpookDroid's Avatar
    I don't think the S 10.5 supports RAW picture taking, unfortunately. I can't remember if it's only software that needs to be updated to Marshmallow (which it hasn't) or if the hardware plays a part, too... but at present, it doesn't.
    04-05-2016 04:56 PM
  3. raidon's Avatar
    Thanks, SpookDroid.

    Are you saying this facility might be enabled in Marshmallow?
    04-05-2016 08:12 PM
  4. SpookDroid's Avatar
    I'm not sure. I remember there was native support for RAW pictures in Marshmallow, but I'm not sure if, on top of that, your hardware needed to support it too or if it's just a software 'issue'. If it's just software, then the Marshmallow update (unless Sammy decides to remove the support from their ROM or Camera app for whatever reason) should, in theory, bring RAW support with it.
    04-06-2016 11:55 AM
  5. raidon's Avatar
    I'm beginning to see that there's more to it than meets the eye (as it were). I'm trying to think of a Windows analogy, but it's tricky.

    I guess there must be some sort of similarity with the capabilities of Microsoft's various operating systems (98, XP, Vista, W7, W10 etc) and the Android versions. Like, support for 64bit (as opposed to 32bit) hasn't always been available in Windows, and, AFAIK, required the actual hardware (motherboard) to support the enhancement.

    Maybe the camera capability is related to the integrated video chipset on a Windows motherboard? Like, any software that's loaded 'on top' of the chip (into the operating system) is limited by the chip's architecture and pre-programming.

    Android was created by Google, wasn't it? Their engineers would have a clue on this.
    04-06-2016 02:42 PM
  6. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Correct. The analogy is valid, and while Android is created/developed by Google, it's also based upon open source software (it is, after all, a version of Linux).
    04-06-2016 02:54 PM

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