I have a rooted Galaxy A3 2017 (SM-A320F) running Android 8.0.0. I'm trying to capture raw photos, but neither the stock Camera app nor Open Camera show any relevant options (I have enabled Camera2 API). This option wasn't present before rooting too. On another phone, unrooted Galaxy Note8, the option is present at least in Open Camera.

So I suppose the option is somehow disabled in my A3. Can it be re-enabled without switching to a completely different firmware? How?

Note that another question proposed as a duplicate is 1) asking about very old version of Android — 4.2.2, which doesn't have Camera2 API, and 2) asks simply whether there exist any apps with such functionality, which today is of course yes. So this one is not a duplicate. This question is about how to re-enable the missing raw photo support instead.


Camera2 API alone doesn't necessarily mean you can shoot RAW, though you can run the free app Manual Camera Compatibility. If it shows that your phone supports RAW, you should be able to shoot RAW with the Manual Camera app itself.

Photoshop Lightroom is another app capable of capturing and editing RAW, so maybe that's worth a shot aswell.

  • Lightroom also doesn't work, which is unsurprising, given that the capability is not exposed via the API. And Manual Camera simply lies, saying that the device supports raw shooting (see also its reviews). Of course, I'm not going to buy it simply to find out that it doesn't work. – Ruslan Aug 14 '18 at 5:35
  • Fair enough, I didn't know the Manual Camera test lied, I had phones showing incompatibility on it earlier. What is the output of this app? That developer doesn't have any camera app to sell so maybe that app is more truthful. – David Ramiro Aug 14 '18 at 9:21
  • Oh, nevermind me, I just saw your edit. So you're already aware that your device's HAL3 doesn't do RAW at all which is nothing you can do about sadly. This would be up to the phone manufacturer to do. – David Ramiro Aug 14 '18 at 9:27
  • The Camera2 probe app does confirm that raw capture is not available. This one looks much more reliable. The question of how to re-enable raw support remains... – Ruslan Aug 14 '18 at 10:17
  • You can't just re-enable RAW support yourself or by flashing a custom firmware or ROM. Try contacting the manufacturer for a solution as only they are able to provide you with that functionality. This comes down to hardware level drivers, Camera2 API is only an interface to use available functions like RAW. Even while your camera sensor (Sony IMX 258) might be perfectly capable, if the manufacturer decided not to include RAW support, sadly, you're out of luck here. – David Ramiro Aug 14 '18 at 10:32

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