Google Begins Rolling Out Night Sight to All Pixels

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 5 Comments

Google announced this week that the eagerly-awaited Night Sight camera feature will begin rolling out this week. And it will be available on all three generations of Pixel handsets.

“Because life’s best moments aren’t always perfectly lit, we developed Night Sight, a new feature for the Pixel camera that helps you capture vibrant and detailed low-light photos without a flash or tripod,” Google’s Alexander Schiffhauer explains. “Over the next few days, Night Sight will be coming to the front and rear cameras on all three generations of Pixel phones.”

That’s fantastic news because it eliminates the need to purchase one of the buggy new Pixel 3 handsets.

And Night Sight does look impressive, adding yet another photographic advantage to the Pixel lineup and further separating the cameras in these handsets from those of the competition. Even without Night Sight, the Pixel family of phones—like the Nexus 5X and 6P before them—already excel in low-light photography. And it looks like Night Sight will improve matters even further. Check out the sample shots on Google’s blog for some great examples of why.

Basically, Night Sight eliminates the need for a distracting and annoying flash or an impractical tripod.

“Before you press the shutter button, Night Sight measures your natural hand shake, as well as how much motion is in the scene,” Schiffhauer adds. “If Pixel is stable and the scene is still, Night Sight will spend more time capturing light to minimize noise; if Pixel is moving or there’s significant scene motion, Night Sight will use shorter exposures, capturing less light to minimize motion blur.”

For more detailed information about Night Sight, check out the Google AI Blog. But the results speak for themselves. I cannot wait to test this feature.


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5 responses to “Google Begins Rolling Out Night Sight to All Pixels”

  1. dcdevito

    I received it on my 2 XL officially last night via the camera app update, but I've been using it via a 3rd party apk sideload from XDA. The results speak for themslves.

    What's even more interesting is that Night Sight can absolutely be used in daylight (albeit still) shots, noise is reduced. So I would think this is something that the next camera app/Pixel will just have built in to the normal app functionality rather than it being an add-on.

  2. wolters

    I tested it on my Pixel 3 XL last night...

    Normal Low Light Photo:

    Night Shot

  3. bhatech

    Paul keeps grudges :)

    Boy will he ever let go Pixel 3 or keep bashing it whenever he gets a chance :)

  4. harrymyhre

    It's now on my Google Pixel XL.

    I tried it last night after the sun went down.

    There was still some light coming thru my master bedroom window, but the rest of the room was pitch black.

    Three glowing lights from a DVR glow in the shape of an evil clown.

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