Video Boost is in the process of rolling out to Google’s Pixel 8 Pro, with the promise of much better video quality after Google gets a chance to process your recordings. Video Boost is an impressive feature, but in our time testing it so far, Night Sight Video is clearly the most impressive point Google has for this Pixel 8 Pro-exclusive feature.
The idea behind Video Boost on the Pixel 8 Pro is that you can record a video in two different formats. One with a totally normal recording that is processed and stored on the device. The other is similar to a RAW capture from a camera still, which holds more data about the scene for more advanced software to use in making edits. That “RAW-ish” copy of the video is offloaded to Google’s servers, where it can be processed to make improvements across the board.
Since the feature arrived, we’ve had a chance to do some real-world testing with it. Over on YouTube, our Jordan Floyd has put the feature through its paces across daytime and nighttime samples, finding that while there are daytime improvements, it’s at night that things are clearly a whole lot better.
You can check our Jordan’s samples above, as well as in the 11-minute comparison below.
I’ve also put the feature up against the iPhone 15 Pro, finding that Google’s Video Boost has noticeably better nighttime performance than Apple, but daytime results are pretty much on the same level.
But, as mentioned, it’s Night Sight that really makes Video Boost worth paying attention to.
Capturing night scenes on the Pixel 8 Pro typically…
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