Backyard snake. Can you do better than a phone?

I see so few cell phone raw pics here, I figured I would share one from a Pixel 6 and the SOOC (or is it SOOP in this case?)
PXL_20220413_175449529.dng (3.7 MB)

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Hi @chaimav,

Ohhh, nasty one :slight_smile:
Since there are about half a million ways to “develop” a photo, I can’t say if my interpretation is “better” or not. Still, here it is:

or If you want it a bit more colourful:

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden

@Claes crispy snek :snake:

backyard.snake.pp3 (16.9 KB) RawTherapee 5.8 Development


Thanks for sharing, not everyday we edit raw pictures out of a mobile phone, was a nice challenge.
I see that your picture is double the resolution of the DNG, I supposed google does some pixel shift in camera to double the resolution?

PXL_20220413_175449529.dng.xmp (16.6 KB)

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Your OOC jpg has four times the resolution of this DNG. That’s a little unfair in terms of sharpness.


_PXL_20220413_175449529.dng.xmp (8.9 KB)


If I recall correctly, I used the 2x digital zoom function of the camera app so that could help explain what is going on. The phone actually has a 50Mpx sensor that is binned down to 12Mpx. I am not sure how it handles zoom.

50 MP Octa PD Quad Bayer wide camera

1.2 ÎĽm pixel width

Ć’/1.85 aperture

82° field of view

1/1.31" image sensor size

Super Res Zoom up to 7x

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Google has screwed up raw photos…it saves a small dng of the digital cropped area. In the past you got your jpg …at whatever zoom you used and the raw was the full sensor image…this could also be your interaction with google photos…it will wreck them as well…check your phone and see what size your dng are on the actual phone…

The only way to get a decent raw from a pixel is to use no zoom…if you zoom it doesn’t handle them correctly…you get some small dng that is essentially a digital crop of the zoomed area when you took the photo…

I just checked a 1x raw, and it is 4,072 * 3,080. So it’s full size quad binned.

If I think I will use the raw I just shoot with no zoom where possible or take a shot and then zoom for the jpg. I have an older pixel and I don’t like the skin tones so I edit a lot of the raw files…The jpgs are at first glance nice but overall a bit “crunchy” for my taste… I would rather crop the full raw rather than let google give me some chopped version…


Aaah, that explains it then. So I guess the phone is still doing some sort of merging of images, or upscaling, to obtain that higher resolution? Quad bayer wouldn’t explain it since the phone always counts it as one pixel.

Such a shame they can’t implement proper raw support when it comes to zooming.

PXL_20220413_175449529.dng.xmp (11.2 KB)

I don’t know why either. My very old Lumia 640xl will take raw photos that are full size irrespective of the zoom…I think they really don’t care …it’s use their computational output or nothing because it is “superior”

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PXL_20220413_175449529.dng.xmp (16.5 KB)

Maybe change the green a touch

PXL_20220413_175449529.dng.xmp (21.5 KB)


PXL_20220413_175449529.dng.pp3 (20.4 KB)