Snapseed, the photo editor created by the now-Google-owned Niksoft, has seen an update this week to v2.1 allowing it to edit RAW data in DNG files.
The feature builds on the introduction of RAW capabilities in Android’s camera system in Android 5.0 Lollipop. With a number of prominent devices this year supporting Android’s new Camera APIs and enabling RAW shooting, it’s high time we saw an increase in the number of big name editors that support editing RAW images.
A summary of the changes was delivered by Googler Anton Daubert in a Google+ post, in which he explained that the preservation of the original camera sensor data now allows Snapseed to perform edits like blown-out highlight recovery and similar exposure changes that are impossible to do on standard JPG files. There’s also a couple of good examples of edits to images made possible by editing RAW data.
Snapseed v2.1 also offers a couple of other UI improvements, and offers better preservation of EXIF data on processed images.