This week Google began rolling out its highly-anticipated Night Sight feature to Pixel smartphones, which the company claims will enable people to take bright photos in dim-lit settings without using flash.
The mode is said to reveal the true beauty of photos by adapting to you and the environment using AI.
The best way to see how it performs is by comparing it to smartphone rivals in a very low-lit corridor.
This brief test was carried out using the latest smartphones on the market – the Google Pixel 3, iPhone XS Max, OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate Pro 20 – utilising any low-lighting modes available and taken by hand without a tripod.
So, how did they perform?
Despite the low lighting, the Pixel 3 XL’s Night Mode appears to expose the most amount of natural colour and brightness compared to the other three.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which has its own dedicated Night mode, doesn’t look as bright but is the sharpest photo taken.
Meanwhile, the OnePlus 6T picks up a reasonable amount of light but has a yellow tinge and struggles with the finer detail.
And finally, the iPhone XS Max captures a decent amount of sharpness but looks very dark and washed out.
From this small sample, Google’s Night Sight mode clearly makes a noticeable difference to photos in low-lighting environments, which helps make the Pixel 3’s camera one of the best on the market.
The fact it will roll out to older Pixel handsets makes it all the more compelling.