Google’s revolutionary Night Sight feature is finally out for users on the Pixel, Pixel 2 and the latest Pixel 3 line-up. The Pixel smartphones have been touted as the best cameras on a smartphone for two years in a row, and the tech for that has only gotten better. With the Night Mode, Google aims to take on the low light photography capabilities of Apple iPhones. Following Google’s suit, OnePlus also released the Nightscape feature with the OnePlus 6T last month which assists users in capturing the nightlight a bit more easily. However, it's nowhere near to what Google and its algorithms can do with the Pixel’s camera.
Night Sight enables users to capture detailed pictures in extremely low lit environments. It uses tonal curves paired with Google’s machine learning algorithms and optical zoom capabilities of the Pixel to produce sharp images. Google claims that users can get bright images in such situations without the use of a flash or a tripod.
The technique used by Google is a complex one but it is really snappy. It captures a few frames and exposures before the shutter button is pressed and then it combines those shots with a white balance fix that gives them a more realistic tone.
Google had shown off the Night Sight feature during its annual event for the launch of the Pixel 3 and had compared an image taken on an Apple iPhone XS to one clicked on a Pixel device with Night Sight activated. The difference was monumental. Take a look yourself at the image below.
Activating the feature is not a difficult task. All you have to do is to change the normal mode within the camera app from photo to Night Sight. In addition, if the device notices a poorly lit situation, Night Sight automatically comes into play and does the trick.
Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were launched this year in October and are currently available in the market for ₹71,000 and ₹83,000 respectively.