Xiaomi Redmi Note 4/4x - RAW capability?

Sep 24, 2015
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Hi folks,

Ok, so my Asus Zenfone's screen recently came loose and it's since died - so, now I need a new Android phone.

I was looking at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 series phones, (mainly the 4x), but something got me thinking - how cool would it be if the phone had the ability to create RAW files when taking pictures with either the main 13Mp rear camera or even inc' the front 5Mp front-facing camera, (in .dng file format or similar).

I'm still looking at the Xiaomi phones from AliExpress. Does anyone know of a UK supplier? I don't really want to pay extra for expedited delivery from China, or wait even 20 days - I currently don't have a phone, I need one ASAP! :( Ok, so I can wait a week if I need, but not much longer.

I don't really want a rooted phone unless I can see any definite and clear benefits of a rooted device.

Getting back to the [potential] RAW file 'capability' of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4/4x devices, I'm pretty sure that the phone doesn't natively support RAW files, but I saw online that there's something called a Bayer file; does the phone need be rooted for it to give the phone RAW shooting capability? Can I just install it WITHOUT rooting the phone? If yes are there any cautionary tales or tips/advice etc you see as important?

Any tips/advice/knowledge on getting a Redmi Note 4/4x (from the UK) AND getting it to shoot RAW (.dng etc), files, would be humbly welcome, thanks!
 
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