'Night Sight' enhances the low-light capabilities of Google Pixel phones

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A lot of people seem to agree that the camera on Google Pixel phones are generally rather good and now Google is looking to make it even better with a new feature that significantly improves picture quality especially in low light conditions. "To address this limitation we've added two manual focus buttons to Night Sight on Pixel 3 - the "Near" button focuses at about 4 feet, and the "Far" button focuses at about 12 feet". As the names imply, the first one promises to introduce a superior zoom, whereas the second one enhances lighting. But in a unusual way, the biggest winners of all this may be Pixel 1 and Pixel 2 owners, who will also be getting Night Sight over the next few days. Later, if the device found a darker environment, it will automatically suggest you use the Night Sight.

Google said that the feature will be rolling out to Pixel devices as an update to the Google Camera app in the coming days.

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According to Google, most phone cameras that don't use multiple frames begin to struggle around 30 lux of brightness. Now, you have to select "Night" option. While the Pixel 3 XL speakers are certainly louder, the users are noticing a difference in the volume output from the speakers. Google has full details on how to use the feature and some tips to make the most of it in the announcement blog post, which I highly recommend checking out.

"Google Pixel's Night Sight is revolutionizing low-light photography", The Verge says. Hopefully, a similar feature will debut from Apple for future iPhone cameras. This is all the more impressive when you consider Night Sight is backwards-compatible with the company's smartphones dating back to 2016.

  • Delia Davidson