Pixel 3's Night Sight camera update is available now and it's awesome

CNET | 11/14/2018 | Lynn La
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The camera on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL is already fantastic, but with Google's latest over-the-air update available today, it gets even better. Known as Night Sight, Google first touted the feature during the Pixel 3's original launch in October. The update lets you take better low-light pictures without a harsh, unnatural flash, meaning you can capture a clear photo of your dinnerplate the next time you whip out your phone in a dim restaurant.

Night Sight works by taking up to 15 frames in a third of a second, so you'll need to hold the phone steady for a second or two after firing the shutter as it renders the image. The camera uses machine learning to judge the right color, white balance and lighting conditions based on the content of the image, and if the camera's gyroscope senses a notable amount of motion blur, it'll shorten its shutter speed to reduce blur. Click here for more information behind the Pixel 3's camera tech.

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"Night Sight is HDR+ on steroids," said Google engineer Marc Levoy in a previous CNET interview.

Night Sight is available in the camera's "More" menu option, but if the camera senses a low-light scenario, a small dialog box will automatically pop up in the camera's viewfinder to suggest turning it on.

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This Night Sight photo was taken in a nearly pitch-black room. Though there is some motion blur (especially around the faces), the camera still churned out an impressive picture.

The feature works impressively well. With dusk and night settings, Night Sight brightened up scenes with accurate colors and lighting sources that were true-to-life. But where it really shone (no pun intended) was in environments that had very, very little lighting. Cameras will always need some lighting to take a decent picture, but when I...
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