Apple’s iOS 17 introduces a revolutionary feature for iPhone photographers – the capability to modify ProRAW format settings. Here’s where to modify formats and the advantages each one offers.
By comprehending and utilizing these settings, iPhone photographers can fully leverage their device’s capabilities, ensuring that every shot is captured with the potential for remarkable results. Whether an individual is an experienced professional or a passionate hobbyist, these novel features in iOS 17 can assist in enhancing their mobile photography.
The ProRAW format merges the editing flexibility of RAW with Apple’s computational photography functionalities, granting greater control over the final image. By adjusting ProRAW settings, photographers can make choices regarding image resolution and file size that directly impact their workflow and the quality of their images.
Photographers who capture high-quality images using their iPhones, both professionals and enthusiasts, will find these settings invaluable. The option to switch between resolutions and formats means users can opt for lower resolution for everyday photos to save space or escalate to the highest resolution for shots that necessitate the highest amount of detail, as needed.
Moreover, those who post-process their images will appreciate the flexibility that ProRAW provides in editing software.
How to transition between ProRAW formats
- To access these novel alternatives, iPhone users operating iOS 17 and Pro or Pro Max models can navigate to Settings > Camera > Format,
- Following that, among all the other choices, there is a section designated as “Pro Default”.
- The choices available here allow photographers to determine the balance between image quality and file size. Alternatives include JPEG Max (up to 48 MP), ProRAW 12MP, and ProRAW Max (up to 48MP).
The file size is roughly 10MB for JPEG at 48MP, 25MB for ProRAW at 12MP, and 75MB for ProRAW at 48MP. Apple also furnishes information in the Format section about the capabilities of each lens.
You now have the ability to choose the ProRAW alternative in Settings
For instance, the primary camera can capture 48MP images at the default “1x” zoom setting. However, night mode, flash, and macro photos will always be saved at 12MP. Live Photos can be saved at 12 or 24MP.
Photographers can also elect between “High Efficiency” and “Most Compatible” images in the Format section. These refer to different file formats for saving photos and videos, each with 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), also known as H.265. They are intended to preserve storage space on your device without compromising image quality.
Meanwhile, the most compatible setting saves photos as JPEGs and videos as H.264 files. JPEG and H.264 are older formats that have been extensively used for years. They are referred to as the “most compatible” because they are supported by virtually all devices and operating systems, ensuring that files can be viewed and edited on different platforms without any issues.
However, these formats do not compress files as effectively as high efficiency formats, resulting in larger file sizes for the same level of image quality. Users with limited iPhone storage may benefit from opting for a higher efficiency format.