Google should focus much more on Night Sight Video | Phones Video

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Night Sight really helped establish the Pixel as a camera powerhouse early on. We’ve been waiting for a video version that takes things to the next level, and we’re almost — pending the rollout — there.

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It’s early days, but the advertising around Night Sight Video on the Pixel 8 Pro leaves much to be desired. For starters, Night Sight Video is framed as almost a sub-feature of Video Boost.

At a high level, Video Boost is Google’s term for footage that is uploaded to the cloud for processing. During the October keynote, Google demoed it in comparison to an iPhone 15 Pro, while we got side-by-side comparisons last week.

I’m not sold by the examples of Video Boost we have so far. To me, what version of a video people prefer feels even more subjective than still photography as there’s more of the scene for you to critique. In Google’s example, I think the darker green mountain in the original is more natural:

Meanwhile, the difference in the footage we shot seems even more minute. To my eye, the short stone wall is ever so slightly darker in a change that I’d argue makes zero difference, while the shadow in the second clip does not see to be as dark:

In comparison, I think the advantage of Night Sight Video is more obvious, if not objective, in that the clear goal is to let you see memories/scenes that were previously too dark to…

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