Pic 3 has a great camera, but when Google launched the phone last year, it was incomplete. Part of this feeling is due to Google's focus on developing its software that implies that the phone is constantly updated, but the other part is because Google has not yet delivered one of its main features.
From now on, Night Sight – the new night mode of the Google Camera – finally comes to all owners of Picell 3. After a few days, I can safely say it was worth the wait.
Before, when faced with certain low light situations, Picell 3 has had difficulty in getting results from other phones with larger lens apertures such as the Galaxy Note 9 or with more sophisticated software techniques such as Huavei's impressive night mode, which led to the use of HDR photography earlier this year with the launch of P20 Proa.
No Night Sight is before and after. Thanks to the fact that Google has enhanced computer photo capabilities, Picell 3 is now able to record incredible low-light photos. To prove this, I took the best cameras for smartphones for night comparison.
A quick note before you get to the photos. Accessing the Night View is as easy as navigating to the More tab in Google Camera, and then touching the Night icon. But when you take a picture, it's not a simple click and you're done. Like in Huawei's night mode, Night Sight captures more images during a three to four-second window, and then combines these images to make a final picture that looks better than any original frame. This means that, in order to get the best results, you need to keep the phone more stable.
Now, let's go to the photos. In order to establish the starting point, I began to record two photos using Picell 3, one with No Night Sight, and the other with Night Sight activated. Although, in some aspects, I prefer the image taken without a night shine (because its colors are rich and exposure is darker, which creates a dark final image), the photo taken with Night Sight is clearly superior to the level of detail and sharpness. The text on posters looks clearer, the picture has much less noise and you can see every single brick in the building, no matter where you look.
Then I faced Pikel 3 and Galaki Note 9: computer intelligence against the lens f / 1.5 using the touch of artificial intelligence. This time at the local bar. Although two photos look pretty good from a distance, you can see things as too yellowish common in Samsung cameras when you're working in low light.
But when you begin to view the pixels at 100%, you can appreciate the small details such as the total sharpness of the marks or the ability of Pic 3 to clearly display the texture of a wooden wall and beer taps.
For the third challenge, I photographed the night urban landscape with Picell 3 and the new Mate 20 Pro from Huawei. Although the Picel 3 image shows an exaggerated improvement in detail, such as a pink pink line in the light of the middle building, Night Sight has exceeded Huawei's night mode, which by now was the best way to capture challenging scenes with a little light
As it was, I decided to check whether Night Vight can work in combination with Google's Super Res Zoom (which combines several images to reduce noise with digital zoom), and it seems like that. But the most memorable thing is that a camera with a predetermined 3k zoom such as the Mate 20 Pro offers such an unusual result with the activated night mode. Part of this can be because it has to hold both phones, which is far from ideal, but both images are taken one after the other in the same circumstances and I do not understand why things have become difficult for the Mate 20 Pro.
In the end, the most difficult challenge: I shot a picture with Piccolo 3 and the iPhone KSS pizza, which it almost exclusively freshened. The difference can not be higher. The colors in the image of Picell 3 are brighter, have a better contrast and, despite the noise in the dark background, everything else is much clearer. Suffice it to say that if you take a lot of pictures in poorly-lit restaurants, Pic 3 with Night Sight is probably your ideal camera.
Night Sight is exactly what Pic 3 needs to complete its photo set. But the biggest winners of all this can be the owners of Picell 1 and Picell 2, which will also receive Night Sight in the coming days. Google's Night Mode is now available as an update for the PicKel 3 application using Google Play.