The upcoming Android 5.1.1 update for Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge is eagerly awaited for numerous reasons but one of these will arguably transform the camera; RAW support.

It’s long been expected that the Android 5.1 update would bring RAW support – and at the same time, bring the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge on par with the LG G4 – but when the update was released a few days ago, there was no sign of the RAW support or the lower ISO value. However, it turns out that the update does bring the feature but it’s not available via the camera app as Samsung haven’t flipped the switch yet.

A new post on XDA Developers suggests that the features have been enabled in the Android 5.1.1 update but can only be accessed by a camera app that has full support for Lollipop’s Camera2 API. It’s already possible to customise the ISO value in the Pro mode on the Galaxy S6 but the update brings even an even lower value of ISO 50, which is equal to the standard found on many digital cameras. The update also adds manual control of the shutter speed and together, the new features enhance the Pro mode to offer manual controls that can rival the ones found on the LG G4 (which are a key selling feature of LG’s latest flagship).

It’s unclear when Samsung will actually enable these features in the default camera application but hopefully it won’t take too long; if you’d rather not wait, head over to the Play Store to download a camera app and take advantage of the advanced camera features. Do you need manual camera controls on your smartphone or do you prefer auto mode? Let us know your views in the comments below.


Nirave Gondhia
Nirave is one of the Managing Editors and a fan of travel. He's worked in technology for over ten years (including stints at two carriers in the UK) and reported on it for nearly nine years. In my spare time, A big football (soccer to those over the pond) fan and avid supporter of Man United for over 20 years, he reads a lot, loves a cocktails and blogs about travel.
  • Robert Sevecsek

    Hate my s6! When recording video (4k or FullHD) mine overheats after 2.5 mins , then turning off the led and after 3.5 – 4 mins it is turning camera off :( hope update will fix this issue … If not i will sell mine and buy other phone

    • abdel

      Ive never experienced this kind of isssue with my s6 edge. I hope it will get fixed soon enough

    • S.Yu

      If you record a video with the LED on…then the phone is prone to overheating. I believe this affects the majority of phones.

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  • bondosho

    This makes me happy. I love Camera FV5, and have been wanting to use it again with the S6.

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  • S.Yu

    The big question is whether ISO50 is extended. At the sensor size I’d guess it isn’t but…then why is it added afterwards like a “feature”.

  • Gökalp Türk

    I still don’t have the RAW function on my S6?

  • llockke

    anyone know of any good video recording apps? I hate the way the S6 shoots video in low light, especially indoors. the ISO is way too high, and the noise reduction to compensate for it smudges everything.

  • Souheil MHIRI

    No. It’s ok, raw works fine, just click on initialize parameters and it will works fine