Google Camera 8.8 brings faster Night Sight to Pixel 6

Faster night vision for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is rolling out with Google Camera version 8.8.

First introduced for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, Google offers Night Sight photos that have “less motion blur since exposures can be half as long as before.” Company credits “HDR+ updates with bracketing and new ML techniques to reduce noise.”

“And Night Sight now only needs half the normal exposure time to produce beautiful, sharper low-light images than before.”

When switching to the Night Sight tab after updating to Camera 8.8, Pixel 6/Pro owners will notice a circle in the lower right corner. Tapping lets you select 2 seconds or Max (which goes up to 6 seconds). Depending on the shooting conditions, the time increment can vary between 2 and 6 seconds.

Google basically lets you choose between faster Night Sight or longer exposure time for better image quality.

This feature was announced as part of this month’s Feature Drop, with Android 13 QPR2 not yet available for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, as well as 6a. THE march patch also brings “general improvements to camera stability and performance under certain conditions” for Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 7, and 7 Pro. The Series 7 also gets “improvements in color accuracy or exposure level when using the front camera in certain conditions.”

Google Camera 8.8 is not yet widely rolled out through the Play Storebut it’s available for side loading. The app was last updated in December.

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