Google has already taken cameraphone technology to the next level with its initial offering of the 12.2-megapixel camera in the Pixel 3. Now, it has added stunning capability in low-light situations that might have gear geeks considering finally taking the Google leap.
Having only owned one iPhone in my life, (the iPhone 4s), I’ve been a devoted Samsung Galaxy Note user for the last five years. My Android affection began in ‘09 with the HTC Hero, and I just never quite got over it. The version of the Note that I carry today, the Note 8, has everything I currently want in a phone: slim body, huge display, smoking fast processor, that nifty little S-Pen for writing notes and drawing stick figures, and a perfectly wonderful camera combination that offers an f/1.7 aperture and 12 megapixels, which is almost the same as my first DSLR. However, in low light, without flash, my images from the Note 8 are just ugly. From the grain to the color-rendering, I rarely capture anything in low light that I want to share with the world without heavy edits in Photoshop Express, and even that can’t save them all. That’s why this video about Google Pixel’s Night Sight completely caught my attention.
Evidently, Google has made the camera in the Pixel 3 so smart that it basically takes its HDR Plus technology to another level, and in doing so, it records all kind of light information in what it calls “motion metering,” recording up to 15 frames, or up to 6 seconds, for each image. So, acting like a long exposure that forgives your movements, it smashes all that information together into an image that looks like you either used great light or a tripod, when you actually had neither.
The Google Pixel 3 has been super impressive in the camera arena even without this addition, so this is really just the cherry on top of an already tempting treat. Will this be enough to convert a gear geek and Note 8 lover such as myself? Maybe so.
Do you have any experience with the Google Pixel 3 and its Night Sight technology? Share your thoughts in the comments below.