See Why Google's Pixel 3 Night Sight Camera Mode Is An Absolute Game-Changer

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Google has made a big deal about computational photography with its Pixel family of smartphones. Through a use of machine learning which can identify certain patterns in pictures, and with the help of the Pixel Visual Core (which was introduced on the Pixel 2 family of smartphones), Google is able to produce some of the best photos that we've seen in modern smartphones -- even while only having a single rear camera compared to two or three in other flagship devices.

Google's latest addition to its Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL computational photography arsenal is Night Sight, which allows for incredibly detailed pictures to be captured in low-light situations (without the aid of a flash). Although Google hasn't yet given a thorough explanation on how Night Sight exactly works, as you can see in the images below, it's able to greatly brighten scenes while preserving much of the detail that would usually be lost.

bag no night shot bag with night shot

balls no night shot balls with night shot

All of these images were captured inside in low-light conditions, but we'll update this piece in the future with nighttime shots. But even in pre-production form, the results from Night Sight are truly impressive. 

books no night shot books with night shot

animals no night shot animals with night shot

Google's Night Sight is not yet officially available in the Google Camera app, however, the folks over at XDA-Developers have tweaked the APK to enable the feature right now. You can download the Google Camera 6.1 Mod right here, which was modified by cstark27.

If you'd prefer to wait until the feature is officially included in the Google Camera app, you'll have to wait until sometime in November according to Google. The modified camera app is available for the Pixel, Pixel 2, and Pixel 3 (along with their XL variants).

And while you're at it, be sure to check out HotHardware's review of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.