Google’s 8.8 camera brings faster night vision to the Pixel 6

Faster Night Sight for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is rolling out with Google Camera version 8.8.

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

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

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

Basically, Google lets you decide between faster night vision or a longer exposure time to improve 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 the 6a. The March patch also brings “general improvements to camera stability and performance under certain conditions” for the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 7 and 7 Pro. The Series 7 also benefits from “improvements to color accuracy or exposure level while using the front-facing camera under certain conditions.”

Google Camera 8.8 is not yet widely released on the Play Store, but it is available for sideloading. The app was last updated in December.

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