Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Google’s revolutionary Night Sight camera feature now available for Pixel phones

Google’s revolutionary Night Sight camera feature now available for Pixel phones

We aren't yet to the biggest Black Friday 2018 deals, but Best Buy has already offered up some of the best prices on the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, and Pixel 2 XL. That's all thanks to Google's HDR+ processing algorithm. It drastically improves low-light photos in a way we've never seen before.

Taking pictures in low-light situations has always been a challenge, especially on smartphone cameras. Outdoors, this produces amazingly well-exposed shots with no blown out highlights. That's equivalent to a dim room, but one in which you'd still be able to read a book. As you might have guessed, Google used machine learning to minimize blurriness and to balance the color of the photo so that 'objects show their natural color at night'. Night Sight is using this same technology, so when you use it during the day you still get the noise reduction and resolution improvements.

Google is finally rolling out the Night Sight feature to the new Google Pixel devices. Similar to Huawei's Night Mode, Night Sight shoots multiple images during a three to four-second window, and then combines those images together to create a final pic that looks better than each original frame on its own.

Tech reviewer Marques Brownlee has been testing Night Sight.

"Below 0.3 lux, autofocus begins to fail", Google says. However, Night Light on the Pixel has "near" and "far" focus modes in addition to autofocus. The version of the Note that I carry today, the Note 8, has everything I now want in a phone: slim body, huge display, smoking fast processor, that nifty little S-Pen for writing notes and drawing stick figures, and a perfectly wonderful camera combination that offers an f/1.7 aperture and 12 megapixels, which is nearly the same as my first DSLR.

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