It’s amazing what you can do photographically with a smartphone nowadays . Thinking that the first iPhone has been presented only eight years ago, the evolution of these devices has been phenomenal: the screens got bigger and bigger, processors have become faster and faster, the interfaces and operating systems grown rich in functionalities.
Until few years ago Apple was almost the only player on the smartphone market but this market’s advantage changed in recent years thanks to Android smartphones that grown a lot in the terms of hardware and software.
I will not open here a war about which operating system is the best (very soon you will find here the Apple iPhone 6 review, which I find a very great device!) , I’m just showing that also on the Android platform you can find excellent terminals with great price point!
In this case I was able to try the Android smartphone One Plus One. The device is very unique both in the choices of hardware and software (it uses the Cynogenmod rom which is a highly customizable version of Android) and in purchasing choices and prices. The phone is very affordable: it costs 299 € for the 64gbyte version. Only one problem: you can by it only by invitation …
One of the greatest feature of this device is that we can, for one of the first time, to take pictures in .raw DNG format!! Yes you read it that right photographers! You can finally have in a device your phone, a satellite navigator, a music player and a high level compact camera! We know all the advantages we have when shooting in .raw format: we can precisely adjust the color temperature, improve the sharpness of the files, clean the noise (that is always present in the very small sensors of the smartphones), work on the colors and on the recovery of lights, open the shadows and so on .
Here below a gallery of images taken with the smartphone One Plus One set to capture .raw Dng photos (you set this option in the setting of the photo camera app) . The files were then transferred to the computer and processed with Adobe Lightroom .
The images that I took make you understand the general quality that you can get from a modern smartphone when you enable the .raw capture (please Apple, implements this option in iOS 9 !!!)
[ Note: Click on the photo to see it full screen also on mobile device, you can scroll swiping the images ]