Google Pixel Night Sight

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The Google Pixel 3 / 3XL are claimed by many to have the best smartphone cameras on the market today, and rightfully so. They not only take stunning photos, but pack lots of AI features, including “Night Sight”. This mode that lets you shoot incredible photos in extremely low light conditions without requiring flash. “Night Sight is a new feature of the Pixel Camera app that lets you take sharp, clean photographs in very low light, even in light so dim you can’t see much with your own eyes. It works on the main and selfie cameras of all three generations of Pixel phones, and does not require a tripod or flash,” said Google. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.

“Google says its goal in developing Night Sight was to allow for photos between 3 lux and 0.3 lux with a single shutter press and without any artificial lighting. Smartphone cameras generally begin to struggle at 30 lux. After you press the shutter, Night Sight captures between 15 frames of 1/15s each and 6 frames of 1 second each. It then aligns the frames, merges them to reduce image noise, performs auto white balancing using a new AI algorithm, and does tone mapping for natural colors. The result is an AI-assisted camera that can even shoot in less than 0.3 lux when the human eye can barely see anything,” according to Peta Pixel.