I bought the A52 5G because the camera was substantially improved.
The camera is supposed to be have a functional RAW photo capability i.e. the ability to store photos in the Digital Negative (DNG) format.
However when I try to use this mode of the Camera2 API, which Open Camera and Camera2Probe both confirm exists, the phone freezes for up to 2 minutes and never provides the RAW DNG photo.
Is Samsung aware of this problem?
If necessary I can add some logcat output. I believe I saw some (cryptic) camera related errors.
1. Install Open Camera or any other camera app that supports RAW.
2. Enable Camera2 API in its settings.
3. Choose the RAW-only or RAW+JPEG file format.
4. Take a photo.
5. Observe that after the camera app has frozen for 1-2 minutes, there is no DNG or JPEG produced.
I had a telephone call with Samsung support. I only got DNG photos to be generated briefly, then the phone stopped producing them again.
Right now I take a photo, and neither a JPEG nor PNG nor DNG is stored.
Clearly there is a software bug.
There's been no response from Samsung in this forum so it's unclear how to proceed.
I fear I may have to return the phone and switch to an iPhone, which is the only phone that has a working RAW photo mode in the same price range.
Same issue with A52 5G (Europe) when using OpenCamera set to jpeg+raw. The app gets stuck and does not save any file.
EDIT: I'd also like to mention that I cannot use the macro camera in OpenCamera, it gets skipped when cycling the cameras.