Shooting RAW instead of JPG is a common preference for many photographers due to the benefits RAW images provide with image preservation, data preservation and editing capabilities. In a mobile workflow environment, shooting RAW comes with larger files and the potentially inability to transfer files to your phone. In today's mobile environment, GNARBOX serves as a storage device and file manager which allows you to quickly find your favorites from the day and save them to your phone. 

In this article we will explore:

  • RAW files currently supported by GNARBOX
  • Editing RAW images on GNARBOX
  • Exporting RAW images to your phone from the GNARBOX 
  • Editing in other mobile apps 
  • Benefits of RAW


  • The GNARBOX image preview is a JPG file, either embedded in the RAW file or created by GNARBOX
  • If you export from the Preview screen, you have the option of exporting 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

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. 

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

It is important to track this by camera model and file type 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 files are supported, please contact support via chat or at 

Editing RAW photos on GNARBOX

When importing RAW files to your GNARBOX, you'll be provided with a thumbnail and a preview of the image.  Often times these are embedded JPG files (already created by camera) or a JPG generated by the GNARBOX itself. Once you press 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 rendered on screen until you export.

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

Importing to your phone from the GNARBOX 

Exporting your file from the Edit screen provides you with the ability to render a high resolution JPG that can easily be saved on your phone.  This file is more compressed than the RAW and processed entirely by GNARBOX.

If you export from the Preview screen, you're able to choose between a JPG or RAW file. The JPG will be rendered with the data that is already layered on the file by your camera, while the RAW will be the original RAW file shot with your camera. This is a critical feature that allows you to edit in your preferred mobile editing app.

With Software Release 1.4.0 you can Batch Export up to 100 RAW photos by selecting and copying. This can be done directly from a card or from the GNARBOX.  Read our tutorial on how to batch export files here.

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 for professional edits
  • Access to your favorite LUTs and styles
  • Lens correction functionality

Benefits of shooting and editing RAW vs. JPG

One of the primary benefits of shooting RAW is the capability to fully manipulate the preserved color space. It also means significantly less compression and loss of data, as a rendered JPG is a compressed and lossy file. One great example of using RAW photos for better post production is the ability to dramatically adjust/fix underexposed images. Overall, you have far more control with a RAW image. 

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

We also highly recommend giving this article a read for further RAW vs JPG insight: 10 Reasons to Shoot RAW.


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. 

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

As always, we're here to help solve your GNARBOX related issues, so if you're unable to find the answer you're looking for on, feel free to shoot us a message using the chat window found in the bottom right corner of the page!

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