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Judy Cobb
November 15, 2018

Google has set the benchmark extremely high on the mobile camera front and it has no plans to slow things down.

Taking pictures in low-light situations has always been a challenge, especially on smartphone cameras.

The mode was first teased during Google's October event - when the company compared a photo captured outside and in the dark taken by an iPhone XS and another taken by a Pixel 3 using Night Sight mode.

Both pictures are taken with the Pixel 3XL. Google's Night Sight feature puts Pixel 3 XL's cameras to the best use possible.

The update adds a Night Sight shooting mode.

Prior to its official release, I installed and used an unofficial version of Night Sight and was impressed with the results, but I will hold any personal thoughts until I've had a chance to test out the feature myself.

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Previously, when faced with certain low-light situations, the Pixel 3 sometimes struggled to best phones with larger aperture lenses like the Galaxy Note 9, or top sophisticated low-light techniques like Huawei's impressive Night Mode, which really pushed the use of HDR photo processing when it debuted earlier this year on the P20 Pro. In fact, the Pixel 3 XL prompted us many times to switch to Night Sight when it found the image could be better taken with its special mode. "All you need to do is press the shutter button".

Google's Night Sight feature basically merges multiple frames for brighter and details-rich photos. Taking selfies and group selfies (thanks to the ultra-wide lens) in a really dark area can not get better.

If they only cost is a steady hand, I bet Night Sight ends up with plenty of daytime users. In addition, you have to enable Night Sight from the camera app settings.

Here are a handful of additional Night Sight comparisons.

If you do not own a Google Pixel, you might have luck in getting this feature via sources cited a few days ago in our article about unofficial Night Sight.

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