What is RAW (DNG) Format?

Updated: Sep 20, 2019

Aircrafts with RAW photo support:

Mavic Pro

Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom

Mavic Air

Phantom 3

Phantom 4

Inspire 1

Inspire 2


About RAW

Taking RAW photo provides for less compression than the standard JPGs, allowing greater quality photos, and more flexibility while editing. When this option is turned on, the photos will be saved as a .DMG file with an accompanying JPG image (for immediate viewing on your camera or sharing with the Sync for DJI app). The .DMG format is an extension of Canons' .RAW format, combining enhanced compression (VC5 Standard) for faster storage and smaller files without impacting quality. VC5 compression takes what would have been a roughly 20MB file and reduces it to between 3-7MB.


These files can be downloaded from aircraft by Sync for DJI.


Desktop Editing apps:

- in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), version 9.7 or later,

- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC (2015.7 release or later)

- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 (version 6.7 or later).


iPhone apps with RAW support:

- RAW Power

- Halide Camera

- RAW+

- ProCam 6

- ProShot - DSLR, RAW, Video

- Adobe LightRoom


While RAW images can be more simply edited during editing, they are not better in every way. RAW images cannot be viewed and edited without special editing software, like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, on a mobile device or your PC, but JPEG images can! If you shoot a DMG photo with your DJI aircraft, a low-resolution JPEG will be saved in DJI GO for you to view, even if you do not select RAW+JPEG. Sync for DJI allows you download and view a preview of RAW file. Then you will be able to download it and export to one of each previously mentioned RAW support apps.


File Sizes

Also, when looking at JPEG vs RAW, it’s a good idea to discuss the file size as RAW files are five times the size of JPEG files. A Phantom 4 Pro DNG file (RAW file) takes up around 34,000 KB, while a JPEG is only around 7,000 KB