Raw converter for Android (Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, 10.1 (2014) and Galaxy S4)

2014-01-25-09-33-20Ouch, the PureViewClub writing about Android? Well, yes. I was made aware of a very cheap Raw converter for Android through this post at Connect.DPReview, where they have done a much better review of Photo Mate R2 than I will be able to do here.

2014-01-25-09-33-35Inspired by their very positive story, I installed this application - it costs less than $10! - on the first edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1. It worked fine, there appeared to be tons of different settings to work with, but I couldn't save my edit on that device...

After asking the developer what might be the problem, I learned it's the limited 256MB Heap memory of the first Galaxy Note 10.1.. You'll need at least double the amount to let it convert and save the huge raw .DNG files to .JPG (normal or high quality).

Samsung Galaxy Note 3
This morning, I downloaded Photo Mate R2 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (I can use devices like these since I also have a Dutch site about smartphones). I checked the Memory Heap (menu / about / show device information) and saw it has the 512MB I needed.


To be honest, I didn't have much luck working with it so far: most results turned out worse than the original 5MP .JPG  in my case, but no doubt that's due to my lack of experience with it.

In this post you'll see crops from a few screenhots I made from the several options you get when using this application.

Apart from that, you can choose to save the shot you worked on as JPG (also in High Quality), TIFF and PNG. I tried High Quality .JPG once and got a >85MB file.

2014-01-25-09-33-59I think it's already amazing there is an Android application this cheap that will make you work with the large raw .DNG files of the Nokia Lumia 1520, let alone the huge ones coming from the Nokia Lumia 1020.


Nexus 7
I'm not sure which other Android devices will have enough Memory Heap (at least 512MB), but I've learned the Nexus 7 is one of them, and it will work on the Samsung Galaxy S4 as well.

Also from the review at Connect.DPreview I learned this application will work on the 2014 version of the Galaxy Note 10.1, and no doubt it  will work on the upcoming new Samsung tablets as well. Please let yourself be heard below if you know of more devices with enough memory to work with this application.

Android only?
But the big question is - why do I have to use an Android device to be able to do this?


I asked Torsten Simon, the developer of Photo Mate R2. He wrote "I asked someone to develop/port the app to Windows 8 and the new Windows Phone, but he thinks the work will probably too much for the final interest in such an app. On windows, there are already several raw converters and there are not really much Windows Phone users".

2014-01-25-09-34-23And although that's partially understandable - I have no idea what it would cost to port a complicated app like this - I don't completely agree.

For Windows Phone, there is no Raw converter at all to begin with (I only found some tutorials how to work with Lightroom).

There are a few for Windows RT tablet (as you may read on Connect.DPReview as well).

But I think it would be fantastic to work on the Raw .DNG files on the same device that captured them. So without having to buy an extra device when I'm on the road. Just imagine working with this on that gorgeous 6 inch screen of the Lumia 1520...


The screenshot above is from the "old" Galaxy Note 10.1 (where I could edit the shot, but not save the result). If it's also possible to work on a relatively small screen as the Galaxy Note 3 or S4, it should be easy to work on the Lumia 1520 or 1020 as well (provided the available 2GB RAM memory will be enough).


What do you think?
My guess is the members and visitors of the PureViewClub community are among the most enthusiastic users of Nokia's Lumia devices offering PureView, especially the two offering raw .DNG.

2014-01-25-09-34-48Would you want this application to come to Windows Phone? Would you be willing to pay about $10 for it?

Would you prefer working on the device that captured your files, or do you prefer to wait until you're near your computer?

Please, let me know your thougts below.

Would you install it on your Lumia if it will be available anyway, whether you have Photoshop or Lightroom or Gimp or whatever software running on your PC or Mac?

2014-01-25-09-34-57I know there are quite a few PureViewClub visitors that do have an Android tablet next to their Lumia smartphone (or 808 PureView), so for them I can simply advise to get this converter.

2014-01-25-09-35-09As  Connect.DPReview put in their conclusion of their fantastic review: "Despite some minor quibbles at just under $10 Photo Mate R2 is a no-brainer for Raw shooters who already own a decent Android tablet and a more than viable backup solution for photographers who usually prefer to process Raw files on a laptop or desktop. Thanks to the compact dimensions and low weight of tablets it could also be the software of choice for Raw shooters who like to travel light."

2014-01-25-09-35-24To read what the "minor quibbles" are, check out their full review.

And before you buy, make sure your Android tablet or phone has enough Heap memory (512MB minimum is required for the large Raw files). Otherwise, you might be able to pump up the RAM by rooting your device, but I won't go into that here. You'll find Photo Mate R2  here.

I managed to squeeze in just about all crops from the screenshots I made to give you an impression of the possibilities you get from this application.

Now I already wrote about Nokia .DNG colour profiles for Adobe Lightroom, but the possibility to work on the Raw files on the device itself looks very interesting too.

Do you think Nokia should bring an application like this to the Lumia PureView itself? Please let me know what you think of all this below! :-)

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