Other Uses for Night Sight Photos

Posted by Matt Birchler
β€” 2 min read

I'm a big fan of Night Sight mode on the Pixel line of phones. Qualms about it being a separate mode or making scenes look different from how they look to the naked eye are fine, but as an additive mode to all the normal photo modes on Pixels, I'm still a fan.

But one thing that comes up a ton is the fact that a lot of these comparison shots people like me do to show off the mode are unrealistic, so today I have an example of Night Sight improving a real life photo. I was sitting on the couch last night with the lights off and Sherman, my dog, was struggling to stay awake, so I snapped a photo with my iPhone XS.

He was sitting pretty still, so I carefully reached for my Pixel 3a and took the same photo with Night Sight.

You can probably see the difference already, but let's zoom in on each one to make sure you can see the difference.

Here's the iPhone:

And here's the Pixel:

The Pixel 3a took a much better photo with far more detail. Neither of these photos are amazing or anything, but the Pixel got a markedly better shot than the iPhone and it reminded me again that I really hope Apple has some serious low light improvements in a future iOS version.