What is PhotoRaw for iOS?

PhotoRaw for iOS is a iPad and iPhone viewer and developer for image files in raw format. Raw file formats from most camera manufacturers are supported, for example Nikon NEF files, Canon CR2 files, Leica DNG files, etc. A full list of supported cameras is on the Supported Cameras page.

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PhotoRaw is part of the New York Times "Handheld Darkroom" - read the full article here: The iPad as a Hand-Held Darkroom.

PhotoRaw 4 is available!

PhotoRaw 4 is now available from the App Store. PhotoRaw now features full 64-bit operation on the iPad Pro, iPhone 8/8+ and iPhone X for blazingly fast operation.

iOS 11, iPhone X and iPad Pro compatible!

PhotoRaw is compatible with all Apple's latest hardware and software including the iPhone X, and the new generation of iPad. And of course, PhotoRaw works seamlessly on device with or without Retina displays.

PhotoRaw Features

  • NEW: Multitasking/split screen support under iOS 9+
  • NEW: TIFF exports
  • iOS 11 and iPhone X, iPad Pro enabled with full 64-bit operation.
  • View raw images at full 1:1 pixel resolution. Most images viewers for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are only able to display low resolution previews of raw images.
  • Virtual Memory allows even the largest images to be processed. From version 2 onwards, PhotoRaw uses virtual memory. So you won't run out of memory, even with very large images. PhotoRaw will reliably import 65 MPixel+ images, even on an iPad 1 with lots of other apps running in the background.
  • Full range of image adjustments, including color temperature, highlight and shadow recovery, etc
  • Reads EXIF and GPS information. You can look at key EXIF and GPS data in PhotoRaw's built-in viewer. And, of course, EXIF and GPS data is transferred to the JPEGs and TIFFs that you create, including Copyright information - critical to working Pros.
  • Real-time, what-you-see-is-what-you-get image adjustments. Image adjustments such as exposure, contrast, etc happen instantly, as you move the slider - no waiting 20 seconds for the image to be redisplayed.
  • Image quality on a par with desktop raw applications. PhotoRaw incorporates a state-of-the-art AHD raw image demosaicing algorithm, the same as used by the best desktop raw processors, right into an iOS app. So you'll see a true representation of the image. Photo Raw even incorporates adjustable sharpening, so you can get the best possible image. The Image Quality page has comparison images; see for yourself.
  • Full 16-bit processing path. PhotoRaw uses full 16-bit processing for maximum image quality.
  • Imports from Eye-Fi Wireless SD Cards. PhotoRaw can import raw images loaded from EYE-FI cards.


Why PhotoRaw?

PhotoRaw is the easiest way to see raw image files when even a laptop is too much computer. But PhotoRaw is also powerful:
  • Virtual memory - so you won't run out of memory, even when importing the biggest images while running other apps in the background
  • Supports a wide variety of raw image files. 
  • See the full image - Photoraw's combination of desktop level demosaicing algorithms, 16 bit processing, and 1:1 pixel viewing mean you're always seeing your image in its true form, not looking at a low resolution preview.
  • Simple to use - Photoraw integrates transparently with both Mail and the Photo Album on the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad
  • View images at 100%. Photo Raw shows you each pixel in the image, not just a low resolution thumbnail
  • Adjust exposure. PhotoRaw lets you adjust exposure, contrast and brightness of each image
  • JPEG and TIFF output. You can generate JPEG or TIFF images of either the full image at 100% resolution, or crops of the image. You can select number of pixels and adjust JPEG quality to control file size for anything from a quick e-mail to a full resolution proof for a client. Exported images go right into the iPad or iPhone photo album for viewing, emailing, etc
  • Color Managed. PhotoRaw does color management right. From matching to the device screen to embedding the correct color profile in JPEGs and TIFFs it generates, PhotoRaw shows off your images at their best.
  • Makes full use of the iPad screen, and also makes full use of "retina" displays.
  • iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, iOS 4.2 or later

Once PhotoRaw is installed, you can import images from the iPad or iPhone's Photo Album, or view images that were mailed to you. In the field, all you need is Apple's Camera Connection Kit to be able to instantly view raw images. No more having to shoot JPEG plus raw!

System Requirements

Raw conversion requires very substantial amounts of processing power and memory. We strongly recommend the following minimum system specifications:
  • iOS 5.1.1 or later
  • iPad or iPhone 4 or latest generation iPod Touch
  • In order to use the Apple Camera Connection Kit, you camera must be on Apple's supported cameras list

Recent Announcements

  • Nikon D5 support Yes, PhotoRaw now supports the Nikon D5, all ISO 3,280,000 of it. Enjoy!
    Posted Apr 1, 2016, 5:45 AM by Sandy McGuffog
  • New camera support: Fujifilm X-Pro2, Olympus Pen-F, etc PhotoRaw now has support for the Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujifilm X70, Olympus Pen-F, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ100, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 and Sony A6300 (ILCE-6300)
    Posted Mar 19, 2016, 1:53 AM by Sandy McGuffog
  • PhotoRaw 4.3.2 - New cameras from Canon, Fuji, Nikon, etc PhotoRaw 4.3.2 has lot of new camera support: Canon EOS 5DS, Canon EOS 5DS R, Canon EOS 750D/Rebel 6Ti , Canon EOS 760D/Rebel 6Ts, Canon EOS M3 ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2015, 12:08 AM by Sandy McGuffog
  • New in PhotoRaw: TIFF exports, and swipe to delete PhotoRaw 4.3 has some new features!By popular demand, you can now exports images as TIFF, and you can also swipe on images in PhotoRaw's main screen to ...
    Posted May 22, 2015, 2:54 AM by Sandy McGuffog
  • Sony QX1, Panasonic DMC-CM1, Olympus E-PL7, etc support PhotoRaw version 4.2.1 is now available on the Apple App Store with new camera support including the Sony A7 II (ICLE-7M2), Sony QX1 (ICLE-QX1), Panasonic DMC ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2015, 12:10 AM by Sandy McGuffog
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