Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Night Sight Launched Officially for All Pixel Phones

Night Sight Launched Officially for All Pixel Phones

Today Google have announced that they are officially rolling it out to Pixel phones beginning today. With low-light photography, some of the main challenges involve understanding the light surrounding the images (measured in lux) and second is to understand the number of frames to be captured to compensate for the light or lack thereof.

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.

Both pictures are taken with the Pixel 3XL. Well, after being unofficially available via a modified Camera app for a few weeks it seems that Google is ready to flick the switch to begin rolling Night Sight out with the 3rd-generation Pixels the first to benefit. Google's Night Sight feature puts Pixel 3 XL's cameras to the best use possible.

"Before you press the shutter button, Night Sight measures your natural hand shake, as well as how much motion is in the scene", said Alexander Schiffhauer, Product Manager, Computational Photography for Google. The Night Sight photo, however, was evenly lit, and you could clearly see the people in the foreground without losing any detail. Otherwise, it uses shorter exposures to minimize blur.

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Leveraging the 12.2MP sensor with a f/1.8 aperture on the back and two 8MP sensors (one with f/1.8 aperture and another ultra wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture), Google's new low-light camera feature delivers bright photos with punchy colours even in really dark rooms.

Your Pixel handset will suggest using the Night Sight mode if it detects a low-light situation, and you'll be able to tap the on-screen prompt to jump straight into it.

The time for Night Sight for Google Pixel devices is here, and the release time is imminent. However, smartphones have always struggled in scenarios with little or no light and the Night Sight mode aims to address that issue. Google also does extensive tone-mapping, which makes the images pop a bit more and gives it that Pixel look.

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