IPhone raw & post-editing in Lr Classic

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Dec 28, 2020 Dec 28, 2020

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A question about raw photos on phone cameras and how this bears on the choice between an iPhone 11pro and 12pro.

My wife has a better eye than I, irritatingly, but whereas I use an SLR she uses her iPhone.

We're considering upgrading from her iPhone 6s to either SE, 11pro, or 12pro.

The SE lacks night mode, which looks like it's worth having (please say if you disagree), so I'm veering away from it. It also has fewer lenses.

The 11pro looks very good, but the more expensive 12pro has proRaw. I shoot in raw on my SLR, and edit in Lr Classic, but have never shot in raw on phones, so it's hard for me to assess how much of an advantage this is.

So one question is with proRaw is worth the extra money of the 12pro over the 11pro?

Googling suggests my wife could shoot in raw even on the 11pro using the Lr or other app on the phone. But I also get the impression that proRaw might be better because all of Apple's computational wizadry (nightmode, portrait bokah, deep fusion, HDR) is built into the apple raw image that would not be built into the non-apple raw image. In other words, I take it, the DNG you'd get from proRaw would be a better place to start editing from than the DNG you'd get from the Lr app. Is that right?

And, final question, and a crucial one for me: even if that is true -- i.e. that things are done to the apple raw image that makes it, even though impressively editable, a better first pass than any other raw image you'll get from an iPhone, are those advantages lost as soon as you export the image into Lr Classic, which is where I would do the editing of the image.

Actually, one more question. If shooting in raw on the iPhone is a pain, my wife won't do it. She just likes taking the pictures. But I take it she can just export any raw pictures she wants to whatsapp to someone, say, as jpegs if she wants to?

Thanks all!

David

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