|Sample image from the new LG G4, captured in RAW (DNG format) and converted to JPG|
|LG G4 in Panorama mode|
When it reached more or less complete double rainbow stage, they spanned the California / Nevada border, so both states had a pot of gold waiting. The rainbow was too tall to catch in a single photo so I put the LG G4 phone I'm evaluating into panorama mode to capture a wider field of view both vertically and horizontally. Most of the time I was out with that as my camera for convenience, as it was easier to shield from the rain.
As the patch of light became smaller and smaller, I pulled out a Canon 5D Mark III with 70 - 200mm lens to get high resolution at high zoom. There's still a solid place for the extra pounds and dollars of equipment for some applications, even as smartphone cameras rise in capability and the DSLR niche in the camera market becomes a smaller piece of a much larger whole.
|LG G4 in HDR mode|
|LG G4 in HDR mode|
But the advantages of RAW go beyond color/information depth. You have more control over how much JPG compression is applied, sharpening, noise reduction, and other things which affect the resulting quality. You can see that inspecting the high resolution samples I provided with a blog post a couple of days ago (they should expand as you click on them, although I haven't tested that in various browsers):
New LG G4 Smartphone Review: Raw File Output!
The difference isn't great for most uses and print sizes, but if you're in a stunning moment and might want to blow the result up really large, RAW is the way to go.
Disclosure: I should mention that the LG G4 was supplied to me as part of the effort to raise awareness of the #G4Preview Tour underway via +T Mobile vans across the United States this month. The phone couldn't have come at a better time for me, since I've been wanting a larger format phone for some time (especially one with manual camera control and RAW output), but I've been locked into a 2-year upgrade cycle, which doesn't come up for renewal until November. My commitment to mention the tour was met a couple of days ago, but in the interest of full disclosure I'll mention that the phone was supplied to me for a while longer, until it's clear (and bordering on rudely tedious) on my various social media accounts.