The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have a night mode that Google has not yet deployed. A developer managed to activate it, allowing us to test it.
While they should not be sent until November 5, the new smartphones from Google have already toured the editors including that of Tom’s Guide. You can also find the Pixel 3 XL test below.
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But Google only released its photo features drop by drop. First, we were able to test the Top Shot which allows us to select the best photo, Photobooth (smile detection) or Playground, the augmented reality part of the AFN.
But we had not yet been able to get our hands on the “Night Mode”, undoubtedly the most impressive function of the Pixel 3 photo sensor. When switched on, it captures a maximum of light to offer a clear, noise-free and well-lit night rendering.
On this first picture, we can clearly see (through a window where the water droplets) the light that floods the scene once the night mode is activated. The image is precise, the colors respected and above all no noise appears on the picture.
On this second plan, the noise is very present, although quite controlled. However, the original photo outside of night mode is absolutely unusable.
In the case of an already lit scene, the difference is less obvious. The blue tones seem to have been pushed to give more light, but we probably lose in naturalness.
Note that the Pixel 3 photo application automatically indicates when it is recommended to go to night mode. On this last shot, we had no such message on the screen.
If for some reason or another you have a Pixel 3 or 3 XL in your hands, you can download the photo application redesigned by cstark27. This XDA-Developers member only had to modify a line of code to activate the night mode, passing 0x0 at 0x1 in line Camera.enable_cuttlef.
>>> Download the Pixel 3 photo application with the night mode activated