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Google Camera 8.8 delivers faster Night Sight to Pixel 6


As some of you may recall, a faster Night Sight for the Pixel 6 was announced as part of this month’s Pixel Feature Drop. Well, that has not become a reality for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, as the Google Camera 8.8 delivers faster Night Sight performance.

Google Camera 8.8 arrives to deliver faster Night Sight to the Pixel 6 & 6 Pro

This was first introduced for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, when Google said that Night Sight photos will have “less motion blur since exposures can be half as long as before”. Back then, Google said that the “updates to HDR+ with Bracketing and new ML techniques to reduce noise” are to thank for this.

Is there a visible difference in the Google Camera app now, on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro? Well, yes. When you switch to the Night Sight tab in the Google Camera 8.8, you’ll notice a circle in the b bottom-right corner.

You’ll notice two new options in the camera app

If you tap that circle, you’ll be able to select 2 seconds or Max options. The ‘Max’ option goes up to 6 seconds. So, all in all, depending on how dark it is, it may take between 2 and 6 seconds for the phone to take the photo.

So, what you’re actually getting here is the option to decide whether you want to take the picture faster, or take advantage of a longer exposure time which will, hopefully, improve image quality as a whole.

9to5Google does state that this update still didn’t start rolling out to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. Well, by the time you see this, it may have started, but don’t be surprised if it did not. You can still sideload it, if you want.

Needless to say, this is a worthy addition by Google. It’s always nice to see faster camera performance, and the fact you can choose on your own is also a nice touch.

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