Will the Google Pixel 4 Be the First Phone That Shoots Astrophotography?

Hype for Google’s new flagship phone has intensified in recent weeks with photographers excited about what new technology the tech giant will be squeezing into its latest model. To add to the fervor, a leaked promo video suggests that a dedicated astrophotography mode will be incorporated.

The video was uploaded by ProAndroid and shows off what might be some of the phone’s new features. After revealing hand gestures and integration of various Google services, a hint of the Pixel 4’s low light level performance is glimpsed (36 seconds), shortly before the astrophotography mode is briefly suggested (41 seconds).

Leaks surrounding the Google Pixel 3 prior to its release were endless and it seems that we might be about to endure another series as Google builds up to the Pixel 4. The Pixel 3 is already the best smartphones for photographers according to Fstoppers' own Wasim Ahmad, and the Pixel 4 will no doubt be even better.

As Engadget notes, the Pixel’s Night Sight functionality will no doubt have undergone another upgrade and astrophotography might be the next step. Hand-holding long exposures may have been solved with stabilization in conjunction with some impressive machine learning for which Google is renowned.

Is this a feature that would appeal to you when choosing your next phone? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Andy Day is a British photographer and writer living in France. He began photographing parkour in 2003 and has been doing weird things in the city and elsewhere ever since. He's addicted to climbing and owns a fairly useless dog. He has an MA in Sociology & Photography which often makes him ponder what all of this really means.

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There already do it via T scope

I'm curious how well it will work. I'm not very impressed with my Pixel 3 XL. Night Shot works for some things but the shutter isn't long enough for a really a dark sky. It actually works better with some light pollution. I took my phone way up in the BWCA and put it on a tripod. Night Sight basically got nothing but only a few of the brightest stars.

We'll see how well the Pixel 4 does. Especially handheld.

I so wish I could get a Pixel with Apple's interface. Their P3 camera is still better than the not-yet-out new iPhone, and it appears the P4 will have no notch!! I just really struggle with the Android interface on so many levels.

All these rumours and leaks and no one can say what focal lengths the damn lenses will be. I love my Pixel 3 but I want to know if the tele lens is a usable length like 50-100mm range or if it's some obscene 40x zoom and a super wide

This will not be the first one that is capable of Astrophotography. People have used Huawei P30 pro,some Samsung phones etc

Seem to remember the Huawei P30’s ‘moon’ mode basically took existing professionally-shot photos of the moon and integrated it into your shot via ‘machine learning’, since the moon always has the same side facing, it is the phases and orientation from your position that differ along with the brightness of the sky. You could do something similar with the night sky, since the Milky Way and stars are always the same, so if it can get enough of.a fix, it can ‘shoot’ the Milky Way by integrating images of the night sky, properly-oriented. Where it might look weird is if you shoot a landscape with the night sky, but it is too dark for the camera to make out the landscape, so you might get a grainy dark mess for the ground, but a conspicuously clean and bright night sky.

I've seen pictures taken of night sky with the Camera app that will be on the pixel 4 and they are not as good as the one I have taken with night mode on note 9. And ones taken with pro mode were incredibly better. Even the ones I took with regular camera mode were just as good. I think the hype is just that hype.