A few weeks ago, we tried a leaked from XDA and was quite impressed by it’s capability to take photos in pitch darkness. Today, Google officially announce the new addition in the camera app.
Night Sight is a new feature of the Pixel Camera app that lets you take sharp, clean photographs in very low light, even in light so dim you can’t see much with your own eyes. It works on the main and selfie cameras of all three generations of Pixel phones, and does not require a tripod or flash
With the new camera app, it will suggest you enable Night Sight if it detects a dark environment. Slide to the tab and choose More, click Night Sight mode to enable this feature.
Here are some pictures we took before and after in an almost pitch darkness.
In night sight mode, the camera will increase exposure time and take in more light. With it’s algorithm, it is able to compose a clear image under poor lighting.
The original image on top is shot at 1/15 4.44mm ISO 5280 while the brighter shot is at 1/3 4.44mm ISO 5658. It is all done automatically.
The image below is taken at 1/15 4.44mm ISO 5280 while Night Sight version below is shot at 1/3 4.44mm ISO 3625. No manual settings involved. It is automatic.
Night Sight works best on posed pictures of people or still landscapes / cityscapes, rather than motion. Suggested use cases include:
Low-light group selfies and selfies with a beautiful city background.
Capturing a city skyline at dusk.
Capturing an icon like the Golden Gate Bridge at dusk
If you’re a parent, you’ll love being able to capture and share a photo of your baby asleep in his/her crib – without a flash that would wake him/her
If you enjoy nightlife, try taking some photos in dim restaurants, bars, and city sidewalks.
Taking photos of friends and family while camping or partaking in events at dark