In the gallery above you’ll find pictures using the Pixel 3’s standard camera and Night Sight. You’ll see pictures taken by the standard camera first followed by Night Sight turned on. These are the same scenes with the same lighting conditions. You’ll by shocked by what Night Sight can do. Look at the very last example to see what I mean!
“It’s dark, try Night mode.”
That prompt from Google’s updated camera app is, quite frankly, a game-changer. When the search giant teased its new Night Sight feature a few weeks ago, the example it shared didn’t look real. Google claimed the feature was capable of taking bright, detailed shots in the dark, with results that would blow everything else away.
We didn’t think Night Sight would match the expectations set in the example the company shared, and we were right. It exceeded them. Thanks to Google’s unrivaled machine learning and evolving algorithms, Night Sight is capable of producing incredible results. Pixel owners should be very excited.
In the gallery above, we took one shot using the Pixel 3’s normal camera and another with Night Sight. As you can see, there’s no turning back after seeing what Google’s new mode can do. Low light photography has always been a struggle for mobile devices, but with Night Sight, the Pixel 3 can essentially see in the dark.
Night Sight isn’t turned on by default. Instead, Google’s camera software will recognize the lack of light in a scene and then prompt you to use its new feature. You then have to jump into the camera app’s “More” section, which will bring up things like Photosphere, Playground, Settings, and more. It’s there you’ll also find Night Sight.
Shooting with Night Sight is like taking a long exposure. When you hit the shutter, the software will instruct you to hold still. Depending on the amount of light available in the scene, it’ll take everywhere from one second to four or five seconds to take a picture. Make sure your subject doesn’t move while the picture is being taken, otherwise they’ll come out blurry.
The gallery above does a pretty good job of showing the stark differences between the standard Pixel 3 camera and Google’s Night Sight. Some of the standard Pixel 3 images are virtually unusable (though some post-editing could help), while Night Sight looks like a completely different photo.
What I’m most impressed by is how little noise there is in some of the low light images. The pictures are by no means perfect, but they’re much improved over what comes as standard.
Google hasn’t officially released Night Sight yet—you have to install an .apk to get it working—so the pictures you see may not be indicative of the final product. Once Google officially releases Night Sight, we’ll be sure to really put it to the test, including against devices from Apple and Huawei.
As a note, Google says Night Sight will be available for past Pixel models once it’s released, which means it’s not a Pixel 3 exclusive.