We all know that Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra is a great phone of 2021 and it is arguably the best smartphone camera of 2021, and it beats even the iPhone 13 Pro Max in most respects thanks to its flexible camera setup. However, the stock camera app only supports the primary and ultrawide cameras in the Pro model. Today, Samsung has announced Pro Mode support for the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s telephoto cameras, but with a separate app.
The South Korean firm has released the specialist Raw camera app on the Galaxy Store in South Korea. This new app allows the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s primary, ultrawide, 3x telephoto and 10x telephoto cameras to be used in Pro mode. You can adjust exposure value (EV), focus, ISO, shutter speed, and white balance when shooting images and videos. Contrast, highlights, shadows, saturation, and tint can also be adjusted similarly to the Pro mode in the stock camera app. You can also view the histogram to check whether specific areas in the frame are overexposed or underexposed.
According to SamMobile, the specialist RAW camera app also supports HDR and can save images in lossless JPEG and 16-bit linear DNG RAW formats. You can open DNG RAW files directly in the Adobe Lightroom app (via a dedicated button on the image viewer screen) to edit as you like. The app can capture images with less noise, increased sharpness, more detail, and a wider dynamic range.
Samsung has mentioned that the Expert Raw app can only be used on the Galaxy S21 Ultra running Android 12-based One UI 4.0. The app is currently in beta and Samsung says it will launch a stable version soon. It will also be released for the Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy Tab S5e. We also expect the app’s compatibility to expand to other high-end smartphones in Samsung’s lineup.