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Google’s revolutionary Night Sight camera feature now available for Pixel phones

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Google is yet to respond to this text disappearing bug reports alongside a bug affecting Pixel devices where photos captured with the camera aren't being saved. And it does all of that before you take the picture. Well, after being unofficially available via a modified Camera app for a few weeks it seems that Google is ready to flick the switch to begin rolling Night Sight out with the 3rd-generation Pixels the first to benefit.

The new Night Sight camera mode will be rolling out over the next few days with an update to the Google Camera app. We'll let Google explain: "Night Sight constantly adapts to you and the environment, whether you're holding Pixel or propping it on a steady surface". We've also brought it to Pixel 2 and the original Pixel, although on the latter we use shorter exposures because it has no optical image stabilization (OIS). That means to get the best results, you really need to try to hold your phone as steady as possible.

Instead of capturing one bright and blurry photo, Night Sight captures an equal amount of light over a burst of many photos that are dark but sharp. Either way, Night Sight takes a bit longer than standard photos to capture, but the results are worth it. This time at a local bar, while both photos look pretty good zoomed out, you can still see things like the overly yellow colour cast often produced by Samsung cameras in low light. Taking selfies and group selfies (thanks to the ultra-wide lens) in a really dark area can not get better. When it comes down to it, Night Sight is positively groundbreaking, not just for mobile photography, but photography in general. I'm personally not a fan of using LED flash on smartphones for clicking in low-lights as it would eliminate the natural element, but what Google does with the Night Sight is mind-blowing. In order to catch up with Google, smartphone makers are scrambling to add new experience with two or three camera setup and improved AI features.

Have you tried Night Sight yet?

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