First, CNET does not recommend downloading APKs unless it's from the original developer, Google in this case. You alone are responsible for the implications this could bring and there is probably a good reason why Google has not officially activated this in its Pixel 3 phones.
However, we have installed the modified camera app on the Pixel 3 XL to show you a little bit what you can expect from the Night Sight mode once it's officially released.
Keep in mind that this may change a bit as soon as it's officially available, but the improvements we've seen in our tests are remarkable – we could almost say the difference is night and day.
The photo above is just one example, but click on the gallery at the bottom of our sister site CNET en Español to learn more about Night Sight's behavior and how to radically improve lighting in low light conditions.
Some things I've learned with night vision on Pixel 3:
- To capture as much light as possible, Night Sight captures multiple photos (up to 15, according to Google) and then combines them into one image. It feels like an improved version of HDR that uses a similar technique.
- The number of photos taken in this mode is determined by the darkness in the room where you take them.
- If you make a night sight-picture, you need to keep the phone as stable as possible for the best results. If you move too much, there is a good chance that the picture will be out of focus.
- If you have the camera in automatic mode, the app will recommend that you activate the night mode to get more light into the shot, especially if it is too dark.
- For the time being, the app does not seem completely finished, as two photos I took cut half of the image with a solid gray color.
- Night Sight not only addresses darkness, it enhances various aspects of the photo to provide more detail and better color reproduction.
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