Low-light photos are the bane of today’s smartphones and while they’ve improved over the years, they still have a long way to go. Google is doing their bit by introducing Night Sight on their Pixel phones that drastically improves low-light photos.
With the help of computational photography and machine learning, Night Sight measures the hand shake as well as stillness in the photo. If the phone is stable and the subject is still, the mode will try capturing more light to minimise noise whereas if shaky, Night Sight will use shorter exposures that will result in
We’ve been using out the mode for the last couple of days, testing it in virtually no lighting condition and we’re mighty impressed. The camera app automatically suggests to turn on the Night Sight if the light is less than adequate and while the subject wasn’t visible in the viewfinder, the mode captured the subject. Of course, there was some noise but to capture something that’s difficult even for the naked eye to see is really impressive.
The mode is a part of Google Camera app and is rolling out to Pixel 3 and 3 XL users now and will soon be available for the remaining Pixel phones.