Night Sight Launched Officially for All Pixel Phones

Night Sight Launched Officially for All Pixel Phones

As noted on our recent Pixel 3 smartphone review, one big thing brought by the latest generation of Google's handsets is computational photography, which now supports two modes to improve the picture quality of still pictures: Super Res Zoom, and Night Sight.

To access Night Sight, first update the Google Camera app to its latest version. Additionally, the camera app will proactively suggest users take advantage of Night Sight when it detects there's little in light a scene.

We all knew pretty much everything there is to know about the Pixel 3 well before launch. Either way, Night Sight takes a bit longer than standard photos to capture, but the results are worth it. With Night Sight, Google is using the same technology but improves the signal-to-noise ratio in dim lighting areas.

It also uses machine learning to balance the colors of the photograph, leading to a more naturally lit picture-not a dark photo that looks like it's had its brightness enhanced. It uses this information to process how to capture the photo, adjusting exposure and burst photography on the fly. To combat motion blur that OIS can't fix, the Pixel 3's default picture-taking mode uses "motion metering", which consists of using optical flow to measure recent scene motion and choosing an exposure time that minimizes this blur.

We'll be putting Night Sight to the test once it's landed on our Pixel 3, so keep an eye out for a review update which will include our full, in-depth findings.

Night Sight is rolling out now.

For now, the Night Sight feature for the Google Camera app is only available for Pixel and XL, Pixel 2 and 2 XL, Pixel 3 and 3 XL. In order to catch up with Google, smartphone makers are scrambling to add new experience with two or three camera setup and improved AI features. The company says the feature is constantly adapting to not just how you are holding your phone, so that it can prepare for a steady surface or your shaking hand, but also with the environment you're shooting in as well.

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