Shooting RAW over JPG is a commonly preferred technique for many photographers due to the huge benefits it provides in image preservation, data preservation and editing opportunities. In a mobile workflow environment, shooting RAW comes with larger files and potentially no way to transfer to your phone. In today's mobile environment, GNARBOX often serves as a storage and file manager while allowing you to QUICKLY find your selects from the day and save ONLY the best to your phone. 

In this article we will explore:

  • RAW cameras currently covered by GNARBOX
  • Editing RAW on the GNARBOX
  • Exporting to your phone from the GNARBOX 
  • Editing in other mobile apps 
  • Benefits of RAW


  • The GNARBOX image preview is a JPG either embedded in the RAW file or created by GNARBOX
  • If you export from the Preview screen, you have an option of the native RAW file or a high resolution rendered JPG
  • You are able to edit RAW images in programs on your phone such as Lightroom Mobile, Snapseed or VSCO
  • The Edit function in the GNARBOX app extracts and displays the RAW data for editing
  • All GNARBOX edits are non-destructive
  • Upon export in the Edit screen, you will get the edited high resolution JPG rendered from the RAW using the GNARBOX edits
  • 10 Reasons to Shoot RAW

RAW cameras currently covered by GNARBOX

With the latest version of Apple iOS, all phones can finally handle the majority of RAW photo file types. Originally, GNARBOX was designed to help bridge this gap, allowing you to edit RAWs on your GNARBOX and export them as JPGs with the edits applied. In today's mobile environment, GNARBOX often serves as a storage and file manager while allowing you to QUICKLY find your selects form the day and save ONLY the best to your phone.

Apple keeps a complete list of supported file types on iOS devices as they update here:

As new cameras are added to iOS support, GNARBOX will continue to update and provide support for exporting and editing using the GNARBOX. It is important to track this by camera model as every camera may have a different sensor, operating system and set of data associated with the images even if the file types are the same. 

For Android, the file type support is very similar to Apple's, and while there is not a definitive list, support on iOS is extended to Android. 

To learn which file types are supported on GNARBOX, check out our comprehensive list here.

If you are having issues with your camera's files or wondering if your camera is covered, please contact support via chat or at 

Editing RAW photos on GNARBOX

When importing RAW files from your GNARBOX, it will provide you with a thumbnail and a preview of the image.  Often times these are embedded JPG (already created by camera) or a JPG generated by the GNARBOX itself. Once you hit the Edit button, GNARBOX will extract and display a JPG that reflects the data of the original RAW image file. All edits are non-destructive and are merely a set of information being rendered in the phone preview screen until you export.

A full set of editing tips and GIFs can be found in this help article

Importing to your phone from the GNARBOX 

Upon export from the Edit screen, you are able to render a high resolution JPG that can easily be saved and shared within your phone environment - this file is more compressed than the RAW and processed entirely by GNARBOX.

If you export from the Preview screen, you are provided the option to select either a JPG or RAW file. The JPG will be rendered with the data that may be already layered on your file by your camera, while the RAW will be the original RAW file and data shot on your camera. This is a critical feature that allows you to edit in your preferred mobile editing apps.

With Release 1.4.0 you can now Batch Export up to 100 RAW photos by selecting and copying. This can be done directly from a card or from the GNARBOX.

If you prefer to edit with Lightroom Mobile CC on iOS, there is no need to batch export to your phone.  Instead, check out our integration tutorial here!

Editing on other mobile applications

Once on your phone, you are able to edit from any of your preferred mobile applications such as Lightroom Mobile, Snapseed or VSCO. This is useful for a number of reasons: 

  • Preference and comfort in other applications
  • Additional tools such as gradient
  • Favorite LUTs and styles
  • RAW extractor preference
  • Lens correction options

For a full walkthrough on the batch export to camera roll for editing in Lightroom Mobile workflow, check out this article

Benefits of shooting and editing RAW vs. JPG

The primary benefits of shooting RAW are the post production opportunities to manipulate a fully preserved color space. It also means significantly less compression and loss of data, while a rendered JPG is a compressed and lossy file. One great example of using RAW photos for better post production is the opportunity to more dramatically adjust/fix over and under exposed images. You will have more control of the stops on a RAW image than a JPG. 

You will ultimately need a JPG in order to share with the world, so pick your favorite editing program, color and adjust your photo and save for sharing! 

If you prefer the JPG rendering that you camera automatically applies (especially if you are in advanced settings or filters) this is also a REALLY viable option! It is truly a great for day time shooting and action sports. Also great if you aren't a fan of editing all of your photos! 


Will GNARBOX separate RAW and JPG files while shooting RAW+JPG?
Not at this time, but you can view the file extension by tapping with two fingers on the collection screen. 

How come GNARBOX does not let you use other applications with the GNARBOX? The GNARBOX software is entirely custom built by our team. This means that hooking in to other applications would require partnerships with the companies that created them. We are currently partnered with Adobe Lightroom Mobile CC on iOS.  To learn more about how that integration works, check out this article.

What resolution will GNARBOX export?
GNARBOX will always export at the maximum resolution available. This can be adjusted by using the cropping tool to adjust aspect ratios.

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