Night Sight Launched Officially for All Pixel Phones

Alonzo Simpson
November 14, 2018

It's not just the single 12MP rear camera on the rear of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that will benefit from Night Sight though, with the dual front cameras of both handsets also getting the mode added to their arsenal. That's all three generations of Pixel smartphones, all getting Night Sight "over the next few days" in their standard Google Camera app. Additionally, the camera app will proactively suggest users take advantage of Night Sight when it detects there's little in light a scene. The Pixel 3 experience has not been a very pleasant one for some owners.

Google goes into why photography in general is hard at night, and then turns things into a bit of a lesson as it explains how Night Sight works. One of the most notable ones was their Night Sight feature, which produced incredible looking photos in a near-absence of light.

What does Google's Night Sight do?

It uses this information to process how to capture the photo, adjusting exposure and burst photography on the fly. 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'.

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"If Pixel is stable and the scene is still, Night Sight will spend more time capturing light to minimize noise; if Pixel is moving or there's significant scene motion, Night Sight will use shorter exposures, capturing less light to minimize motion blur". It's not the first time, and probably not the last, that the Pixel phones get bugged after they receive a software update. However, there were still a few tricks up Google's sleeve.

Night Sight is a new feature on the 2018 Pixel phones that improves low light performance. It's not super likely this feature will expand to non-Pixel smartphones. Many users complained on reddit that after applying the November security update, some (and in some cases, all) of their text messages stored on the phone disappeared.

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