Here's how Pixel users can access and use the new Night Sight feature

Here's how Pixel users can access and use the new Night Sight feature
Night Sight, the new feature from Google that allows Pixel handsets to snap visible pictures under low-light conditions, is rolling out today. Last night, our Pixel 2 XL received the update to the Google Camera app that includes Night Sight (the changelist did not mention it). After installing the update, using the feature is pretty much, uh, a snap. First thing you need to do is open the camera app on your phone. Tap the "More" icon just above the shutter, and a little to the right.

You should now see six round icons with the first one on the top row showing the image of a quarter moon. This is the Night Sight icon. Tapping on Night Sight changes the shutter button so that it too features an image of the moon inside it.

When you are ready to take a picture using Night Sight, it is important that you do not move around. Clicking the shutter will also bring a pop up reminder to the screen, telling you to hold still while the photo is being taken. After you snap the shutter, the display will show a circle slowly being formed. Once the circle is complete, your photo is ready. The image on the top of the article shows a photo taken without Night Sight on the left. We used Night Sight for the photo on the right, and there is a stunning difference in visibility.

Night Shift does allow Pixel users to take photos in the dark that are viewable, as you can see from the example that we've included with this article. We are going to run some more tests and even try it out under sunny skies as the feature also uses AI to improve pictures taken in the daylight. We should also mention that photos taken with Night Sight enabled are specially marked as such in the Google Photos app.

Night Sight is rolling out now to all Pixel phones

Night Sight is rolling out now to all Pixel phones

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12 Comments

1. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

The only reason to get a Pixel device

5. Fred3

Posts: 390; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

LOL or just download Google Pixel camera apk

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nope, not as simple as that.. Even if someone managed to port the app to certain smartphone model, the result won't be as good as Pixel's.

2. drazwy

Posts: 347; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

:( nothing here yet

3. cncrim

Posts: 1571; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Revolutionary photography

4. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Also other phones as well with gCam. 6t working like a charm, no need for a pixel.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Make low light comparison of new flagships... Since all recent flagships (Mate 20 Pro, OP6T, and Pixel 3) have new Night mode.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

https://www.anandtech.com/show/13503/the-mate-20-mate-20-pro-review/11 Huawei's Night Mode is slightly better at controlling highlights but can have issues with focus/blur due to lack of OIS Night Sight manages to capture far more light and details due to OIS. Also less noise, but can sometimes make the scene no longer look like low light 2019 will be interesting to see if Samsung and Apple can respond Hopefully the P30 Pro has OIS and the Pixel 4 has a bigger sensor so Huawei/Google can step it up even more

8. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Here's how non Pixel users can access "Night Sight": 1) Have an Android phone (or iPhone with special app) with manual controls 2) Open camera app (or special app) and switch to Manual or Pro mode 3) Set IOS to the lowest settings 4) Change shutter speed to 1-5 seconds (depending on how dark the "night" is). 5) Set focus to manual and adjust to see what you want in focus (if you can see what you are trying to take a pic of) 6) Set white balance to Auto. 7) Brace the phone against something solid or mount on a tripod 8) Press the shutter button and hope for the best results (aka non bury image). Repeat steps above as needed to get the "best shot possible" as determined by your preference, adjusting the shutter speed to darker or lighter images (faster shutter speed - closer to 1 second or less - equals darker image. Slower shutter speed - longer than 1 second - equals brighter image).

11. yalokiy

Posts: 902; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

No, you won't get the same results if there are sources of bright light present. Night mode picks up light only in low light areas, ignoring the bright ones, so you don't get overblown highlights.

12. bambamboogy02

Posts: 834; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Lol, aight no body got time for that! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGxwbhkDjZM

10. emjoigently

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

I can imagine this eventually becoming a Digital Flash. When it is a bit faster. At the moment it is tucked away A little awkwardly under the "More" button. It's been fun to experiment with. See what it does and does not do. At sunset it just seems to add a bit of detail, but not much brightness. Which is what you want. And it won't light up a pitch black scene. It's not infra red. It's interesting.

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