Adobe has just released a technology preview that allows Android mobile users to directly import RAW files into your mobile device for editing – The list of supported cameras is impressive – most current models- Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony and more. See the complete list of supported cameras iOS users got this update in July.
You will need a USB On-The-Go adapter also called an OTG cable that will allow you to directly connect your camera to your android mobile device. Shop OTG cables at B&H or on Amazon OTG cable. -Those are standard micro USB cables. If you have a USB-C device you will need to purchase a USB-C OTG. iOS users need the SD card adapter. Why do you need a cable/adapter, don’t modern cameras offer WiFi transfer? Yes! But none of those cameras will transfer RAW files via WiFi.
Plug the OTG cable into your device and use your standard camera cable to connect to your camera and change to the PTP transfer mode in the Android Notification Center. Then, tap on the notification that indicates “Connected to USB PTP Camera. Tap to view files.” (note – When I connected to my Android LGv10 I did not have to click the notification)
You will be presented with an import box. Select the photos you want to import, the collection you want to import the photos into, and tap transfer. Lightroom will transfer the photos and notify you once all of the photos have been imported.
You get all of the benefits of raw, such as the ability to change the white balance, being able to recover blown out highlights, access to the full range of color information, as well as editing an uncompressed file, all using the exact same technology that powers Lightroom on your desktop. An added benefit is that the raw file that you’ve imported into Lightroom for Android will be synced with Lightroom on your other devices, such as Lightroom for desktop or Lightroom on the web, along with any of the edits, star ratings, or flags that you’ve added.
Lightroom for Android 2.2 is available now from the Google Play Store. Will you be editing RAW files on the Go?
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