Google's Night Sight Mode Rolling Out This Week to Pixel Phones

Yolanda Curtis
November 15, 2018

Google is yet to respond to this text disappearing bug reports alongside a bug affecting Pixel devices where photos captured with the camera aren't being saved.

We've had the chance to test out Google's best camera feature yet, the Night Sight, on its best flagship yet, the Pixel 3 XL, and the results are mesmerizing. But when you actually shoot a picture, it's not a simple click and you're done.

Google provided a handful of outlets access to the official Google Camera update prior to today's rollout, and looking through the sample images, I'd have to say that Night Sight is impressive.

The info comes courtesy of a caption attached to a promotional gallery of Night Sight snapshots put together by Google. In a nutshell, it takes multiple images when you press the shutter a single time and merges the brightness of the images to produce a picture full of light and clarity. Either way, Night Sight takes a bit longer than standard photos to capture, but the results are worth it. Additionally, the first-generation Pixel also lacks optical image stabilization, so it has to use shorter exposures, which can further compromise the quality compared to more recent hardware. Taking selfies and group selfies (thanks to the ultra-wide lens) in a really dark area can not get better.

Night sight can not operate in total darkness so choose a setting with some light falling on it. I'm personally not a fan of using LED flash on smartphones for clicking in low-lights as it would eliminate the natural element, but what Google does with the Night Sight is mind-blowing. Though Google may end up having to play a game of cat & mouse, as ROM hackers have been able to modify imaging applications to get it working on third-party phones as well. But in extremely low-light situations in which no other smartphone camera is up to the task, Night Sight shines. Google has also shared some of the tips of Pixel owners who plan to use the feature. Both Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL features a 12.2MP primary camera and dual 8MP front-facing cameras.

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