Apple’s iOS 17 introduces a revolutionary feature for iPhone photographers, allowing them to customize ProRAW format settings. This guide outlines where to make these adjustments and explores the unique advantages of each setting.
By comprehending and utilizing these settings, iPhone photographers can maximize their device’s capabilities, ensuring every photograph has the potential for stunning results. Whether you’re an experienced professional or an avid hobbyist, the new features in iOS 17 can elevate your mobile photography experience.
The ProRAW format seamlessly blends the editing flexibility of RAW with Apple’s computational photography features, providing greater control over the final image. Through adjustments in ProRAW settings, photographers can make choices about image resolution and file size, directly impacting their workflow and the quality of their images.
These settings prove invaluable for professional photographers and enthusiasts using iPhones for high-quality image capture. The flexibility to switch between resolutions and formats allows users to opt for lower resolutions for everyday photos, conserving space, or select the highest resolution for shots requiring maximum detail.
Additionally, those engaged in post-processing will appreciate the editing software flexibility that ProRAW provides.
How to switch between ProRAW formats
- To access these new options, iPhone users with iOS 17 and a Pro or Pro Max model can go into Settings > Camera > Formats.
- Next, among all the other options, there is a section called “Pro Default.”
- The choices here allow photographers to decide on the balance between image quality and file size. Options include JPEG Max (up to 48 megapixels), ProRAW 12MP, and ProRAW Max (up to 48MP).
Within the “Pro Default” section, photographers can choose the optimal balance between image quality and file size. Options include JPEG Max (up to 48 megapixels), ProRAW 12MP, and ProRAW Max (up to 48MP).
File sizes range from approximately 10MB for JPEG at 48MP to 25MB for ProRAW at 12MP, and 75MB for ProRAW at 48MP. Apple provides additional information in the Formats section, specifying the capabilities of each lens.
For example, the Main camera can capture 48MP images at the default “1x” zoom setting, while Night mode, flash, and macro photos are always saved at 12MP. Live Photos can be saved at either 12 or 24MP.
Photographers can also choose between “High Efficiency” and “Most Compatible” images in the Formats section. These refer to different file formats for saving photos and videos, each with distinct advantages in terms of image quality and file size.
The High-Efficiency setting saves photos in HEIF (High-Efficiency Image File Format) and videos in HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding), known as H.265. These formats aim to conserve storage space without compromising image quality.
On the other hand, the Most Compatible setting saves photos as JPEGs and videos as H.264 files, older formats widely used for years. The “Most Compatible” label indicates broad compatibility with various devices and operating systems, ensuring files can be viewed and edited seamlessly across platforms.
However, these formats may result in larger file sizes due to less efficient compression, making the High-Efficiency format a preferred choice for users managing limited iPhone storage.