I have several high quality presets. Some of them I've bought, some I've created. Once I apply them to raw outputs from my Canon or Panasonic cameras, the results are (after light tweaking) perfect!

Even if I apply them to DJI Mavic raw files, it's still acceptable.

But when it comes to smartphone raw outputs, the result is always unacceptable, no matter how much I try. I have tons of raw photos from LG g4/v10/v30, Xiaomi 4/11 Ultra, Samsung s21 Ultra... and I can speak for all of them.

All these smartphone raw files requires either completly different approach, or they are simply not even worth to try(comparing to how much hours you spend on it over acctual result)

What do you think ?

... I would love to find some way, even if I should have special presets just for certain type of camera, but still haven't got to that point as the colors, sharpness and so on was far behind usability

Glad to know your experience!

  • What kind of 'presets'? One for a black cat in a coal cellar would be less useful on a polar bear in the snow. Any preset requires comparable input to desired output.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 2 '21 at 18:25
  • yes, my presets are made for specific lighting contidions
    – JZK
    Oct 2 '21 at 18:34
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    Is your question about presets for RAW files from smartphones or about the quality of images you can get from RAW files of smartphones? It seems to be a little bit of both. Maybe you should first validate whether or not the smartphone can be a camera for your needs and when this is confirmed to find the presets or be more specific about how to define them ? Oct 20 '21 at 14:37

My personal experience is based on the photos from Canon 5D Mark III and OnePlus 8T. Usually I do not use presets in Lightroom. What I see is phone RAW files do not have dynamic diapason of DSLR (they are 12bit, compared to 14 bits of Canon). But with proper exposure I can restore highlights and in some degree (with some noise) the shadows.

If you compare sensors size you will see significant difference - FF compared to 1/2" sensor.

So for me seems like your presets overprocess the images and are just not so applicable for phone photos.

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    exaclty, as you said, my presets overprocess the image. Sure, sensor size and different inner processing techniques matters as well as 12 vs 14 bit, but, still. Are you consider raw from smartphone usable for your results, or you do it only on emergency case, when no other photos are good ? Thank you!
    – JZK
    Oct 2 '21 at 9:31
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    @JZK, it depend of your understanding of "usable for your results". But for me they are (almost) always OK. Yes, there are challenging situations but... Also you can try to play with some settings in Pro mode :) Oct 2 '21 at 9:37

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