First Night Sight mode on Pixel 3 sample images showcase amazing results

First Night Sight mode on Pixel 3 sample images showcase amazing results
The Google Pixel 3 XL

Much like the Pixel 2 series that preceded it, the Pixel 3 line already produce some of the best images when it comes to mobile photography. However, at the official unveiling event, Google confirmed that another feature called Night Sight mode would eventually roll out to the new devices in the hope of taking things a step further.

To show off the feature, the internet giant compared an image taken on the Pixel 3 with Night Sight mode enabled to one taken on the iPhone XS. The results were amazing and even raised some eyebrows due to the drastic difference. Yesterday, as we reported, an update was rolled out to the Google Camera app that essentially ported over the Pixel 3’s version to the Pixel and Pixel 2 devices. While Night Sight isn’t officially available, the feature could be found within the code and was tested out by the folks over at XDA Developers.

It’s worth keeping in mind that, as this is still an unreleased feature, the software could be improved further ahead of its launch, which means results could be better too. But from the state of the feature at the moment, it’s clear that Google’s own comparison was no exaggeration. In scenes where the sun is clearly setting, the Night Sight feature produces a photo that looks as if it was taken during the day. Perhaps more impressively, though, are the results taken at night. In scenes that would typically be extremely dark, the Night Sight feature works its magic and creates an image with unbelievable amounts of color. 

Right now, Night Sight is expected to roll out during the month of November, although Google is yet to confirm the exact date. In the meantime, though, you can check out a bunch of sample images below.


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44 Comments

1. danny_a2005

Posts: 354; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

When will your favs?

32. umaru-chan

Posts: 349; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Really great work done by Google. I wish next time they would put that big 48 megapixel sensor into pixel 4.

2. danny_a2005

Posts: 354; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Innovation

9. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

How it's innovative when this has been found on Huawei phones for almost 6 months now?

11. BoatsBoatsBoats

Posts: 30; Member since: May 03, 2018

I guess tech website should stop talking about cameras, screens, batteries, speakers, etc..., because you know, phones from 10 years have already had these stuff.

12. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I see what you did there ;) No one was calling an ultra wide camera on the Mate 20 Pro as innovative, you had an issue with PA simply showing samples from that sensor. And you don't see me here going after PA for showing samples from the night sight mode, I'm simply asking the OP how this is innovative when it's has been implemented before. Clearly you're frustrated for losing the argument last time, but that was expected.

16. BoatsBoatsBoats

Posts: 30; Member since: May 03, 2018

If you want to be technical it is innovative since google does it with one camera while Huawei needs three. But realistically who cares. You take this all too serious.

18. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Wrong again. And well, since you want to be technical about it, night mode on the P20 Pro uses only the main 40mp sensor. The Mate 20 Pro also uses one sensor while shooting in night mode, it will use the ultra wide sensor by itselft, or the main 40mp sensor, depending on which mode you are using.

24. BoatsBoatsBoats

Posts: 30; Member since: May 03, 2018

That's pretty impressive if that's true. Huawei seems to be passing up other manufacturers in the camera department and design too.

31. AbhiD

Posts: 652; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Again blind huawei fanboy. Huawei needs 40mp sensor to create this effect that merges 4 pixels into 1 while pixel does this with just a 12mp sensor that produces a 12mp image. Which one is more impressive? Stop being such a Huawei troll.

33. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And you need to stop throwing your dummy out of the pram everytime Huawei is mentioned on this site.

39. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's not how night mode works lol You literally explained how regular photos are taken on the P20 Pro, where as the night mode on Huawei phones works exactly like on the Pixel, taking multiple pictures at different exposures then combining them together. Stop being a OnePlus/Pixel troll.

42. agentx99

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 24, 2018

still i'm more impressed with huawei considering it's doing all the stabilization only on AI (since this handheld long exposure is very susceptible to shakiness, even the slightest one) since the 40mp lens doing the night mode doesnt have OIS, but still it delivers stunning results imo., whereas the pixel have that OIS and AI.

30. w1000i

Posts: 238; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

not same approach with way better quality in pixel 3

19. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This is called long exposure night mode. There is nothing new here to the same feature shown by Huawei 6 months ago.....lol

28. haneef4u

Posts: 40; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Okay. But your iPhone can do that?

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5653; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Unless he bought a new iPhone Xs his iPhone can't even do SmartHDR, stuck in 2013 lol

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Damn, Google. Why'd you have to price the phone so high? I want one.

26. wabajak13

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 02, 2018

Just get a first gen Pixel and get the camera port....

43. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But I want the new design with the 18:9 screen, too. Else I would've just bought a Pixel 2 already.

4. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

While other manufacturers are adding upto 6 cameras on their products........ Google must be having a good laugh right now.

6. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

And don't forget the fantastic audio recording from the mics and lack of 4k60fps or 1080p240fps. Google really showed them this year eh?

13. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Google's Pixels stabilization is superior to any iPhones video stabilization. Google uses the extra frames to help with image stabilization. That is why you can't even compare stabilization from a Pixel with an iPhone. iPhones look like crap. As far as 4k 60 fps that is not really needed. It's a a storage hog at that resolution and fps.

15. Foxgabanna

Posts: 582; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Oh I'm sorry! I didn't know you decided what was best for everybody regarding 4K 60fps.

23. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Ah, the Google Pixel marketing guy. Google can do no wrong. We appreciate you in the comment section.

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3106; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

But you can simply use external microphone by connecting it to 3.5mm jack ... oh wait.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2514; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Other cameras add more cameras because of versatility and features not necessarily quality. Let's see how your beloved Google will do a telephoto zoom, and ultrawide angle lens with one camera. Or even record an ultrawide angle video with one camera.

14. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

They are doing 2x zoom with the current camera.

34. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"While other manufacturers are adding upto 6 cameras on their products........ Google must be having a good laugh right now." Yeah they will be having a great laugh and maybe wondering why they can't sell more than 5 phones per year. I wonder if the Pixel has actually ever made a profit for Google, i very much doubt it.

5. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Impressive.

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