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Instagram is today rolling out support for the new ProRAW photos that are able to be captured with the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

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Instagram developer Tim Johnsen shared the news on Twitter, where he also said that ProRAW photos in the DNG format are not able to be edited on Instagram. Further details aren't available, but it seems that Instagram is converting the ProRAW file into JPG that's shown on Instagram.

Support is limited, but those who take ProRAW photos and edit them outside of Instagram will be able to share the resulting image directly on the social network without having to create a separate JPG. ProRAW images are large in size, coming in at around 25MB, so Instagram is compressing them.

ProRAW is an iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max feature that was enabled with the iOS 14.3 update. It takes advantage of the computational photographer features that Apple adds into its iPhone while also giving users control over white balance, noise reduction, sharpening, and more.

As photographer Austin Mann highlighted earlier this week, ProRAW is ideal in situations where Apple's general algorithms may struggle, such as mixed indoor lighting, extreme low light, and super high dynamic range images.

Article Link: Instagram Supports Uploading ProRAW Photos Taken With iPhone 12 Pro
 
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btrach144

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Why would anyone want a 20+ meg RAW file posted to Instagram exactly?
If you read the article then you’d see that Instagram is likely converting the heavy ProRAW file into a lightweight JPEG.

Instagram is not known for high quality photos. They compress the heck out of anything you upload.

They’re dropping that 25MB file into probably a 500K jpeg and certainly not keeping the ProRAW file.
 

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If you read the article then you’d see that Instagram is likely converting the heavy ProRAW file into a lightweight JPEG.

Instagram is not known for high quality photos. They compress the heck out of anything you upload.

They’re dropping that 25MB file into probably a 500K jpeg and certainly not keeping the ProRAW file.
Which is why as I read this article I cocked my head to the side in confusion.

I realize it adds a bit of convenience for certain users, but it would be similar to if YouTube allowed up to 4K HDR uploads but every video was presented in SD. Nice, but again, also somewhat silly.
 
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If you bother to have RAW files in your iPhone, I doubt you would upload it to Instagram. It will compress your file to a crappy 200kb file. Pure blue and artifacts.
 

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All this amazing image quality, and we're viewing our photos at the size of matchbook covers. I wish Instagram at least offered a first-class desktop interface -- or even an Apple TV app.
 

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You are correct, besides the fact that a RAW file right out of the camera is ugly af until you start making adjustments.
Proraw is very different from regular raw files and it looks pretty decent without any edits. Very similar to the camera jpeg but with less sharpening and shadows are not lifted as much. Of course it looks a million times better after being edited.
 
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If you bother to have RAW files in your iPhone, I doubt you would upload it to Instagram. It will compress your file to a crappy 200kb file. Pure blue and artifacts.
wether you would upload to Instagram will depend on how compressed it really is and how much the quality is different
 
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Which is why as I read this article I cocked my head to the side in confusion.

I realize it adds a bit of convenience for certain users, but it would be similar to if YouTube allowed up to 4K HDR uploads but every video was presented in SD. Nice, but again, also somewhat silly.
It’s not about quality. It’s about not forcing the user to convert the ProRAW photo into a jpeg. One less step for the user, even if it’s lesser quality.
 

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Proraw is very different from regular raw files and it looks pretty decent without any edits. Very similar to the camera jpeg but with less sharpening and shadows are not lifted as much. Of course it looks a million times better after being edited.
Okay, I stand corrected. I've only worked with generic raw files and they are almost unusable initially.
 
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