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2015-04-30 03:25 AM
I agree with you that people sometimes overreact to raw possibilities, but editing photos on the fly is becoming more of a reality. I do not currently own a Sony device, they are extremely axpensive in Brazil, although I'am eyeing a Z3 Compact. My point is: I DO have a Nexus 5, am with 4.4 it initially had terrible results under the stock google camera; focus was off, colors were off puting and etc. Sometime after camera2 API realese, came the app Manual Camera, with support for it, and with it the possibilities to empower developers to do what they do best: Develop great apps that surpasses the stock option we have.
I don't shot RAW, but a surely can take better photos with my new camera app, it focus faster, when it underexposed I CAN increase the EV fast enough with a custom wheel; I can set the ISO when I feel that the auto goes waywire, and so on. The new snapseed also allows me to overhaul any photo I thought had no businness being highlighted in my instagram (haha!).
The new API doesn't allow just RAW capture, that's a fallacy people tend to use. It gives any app, not just Sony's, the ability to innovate and improve on something we, in general, complaint it's not as good as it should be. IMO if the Sony app was offloaded to Google Play and came with camera2 API the company's own development would be easier the just using whatever custom ISP Qualcomm is pushing and etc...
Using camera2 does not just means RAW capture. It means being on the bleeding edge of software and contributing to an open ecosystem; something I feel Sony already does with its efforts and commitments with the source code os AOSP and lightweight skin over Android Lollipop. Sony is struggling in Mobile, that's plain for everyone to see. The solution might be to go back to the basics an let an already great stock software like Lollipop to do its thing, and just engraciate us with great hardware, great apps and great consumer feedback and support for its devices. That's what I feel more OEMs that not Samsung should be doing. Just try to improve the areas Stock Android is lacking, you don't have to reinvent the wheel or take stuff out.
Anyways, that was long, but is my opinion. Maybe I'll buy the Z3C after all. I was raised in the 90's respecting the legacy and caliber of the Sony brand, more than Apple's I should say.
2015-04-30 06:00 AM
Please send this to your higher-ups that many, including myself that own a Sony Xperia Z3 device, would wish for RAW mode support (full mode or limited).