Night Sight Now Rolling Out to Pixel Smartphones

BY Evan Selleck

Published 14 Nov 2018

Night Sight is one of the many features that Google announced earlier this year that garnered plenty of attention, and now it is finally rolling out to handsets in the wild.

Today, Google announced that it is rolling out the Night Sight feature to all of the Pixel smartphones out there in the wild. That includes the original Pixel devices, the Pixel 2 lineup, and the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. With this feature on your device, you will be able to not only reduce blur and noise in a photo captured in a low-light scenario, but also massively brighten the results so you can actually see what’s going on.

Here’s an example, showing the mountain range captured with the Night Sight feature on a Pixel 3:

Google’s blog post is very handy in that the company goes into some detail on how Night Sight works, like how it uses machine learning to balance the color in a photo captured in low light. Night Sight can also adjust for each scenario, changing how it takes a photo depending on how the Pixel is being held, or if it’s being set onto a solid, unshifting surface:

“Night Sight constantly adapts to you and the environment, whether you’re holding Pixel or propping it on a steady surface. Before you press the shutter button, Night Sight measures your natural hand shake, as well as how much motion is in the scene. 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.”

Google also has a few tips on how to use Night Sight. The company says that cameras can’t work in full darkness, so you’ll need some light to make the feature work. And while the company says Night Sight can handle some subtle shaking when the Pixel phone is being held, it does recommend setting it down on a stable surface when using Night Sight.

The full blog post is available through the source link below. Night Sight is now rolling out to Pixel phones in the wild, but it will take some time before it arrives on all of them. Night Sight is available in both the front-facing camera and the rear camera.

[via Google Blog]