Google Camera 8.8 brings faster Night Vision to Pixel 6

Faster Night Sight for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is launched with version 8.8 of Google Camera.

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

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

When you switch to the Night View tab after updating to Camera 8.8, Pixel 6/Pro owners will notice a circle in the lower right corner. Tapping lets you choose 2 seconds or Maximum (which goes up to 6 seconds). Depending on shooting conditions, the time increase could vary between 2-6 seconds.

Google basically lets you decide between a faster Night View or a longer exposure for improved 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 for camera stability and performance in certain conditions” for the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, 7 and 7 Pro. The 7 series also benefits from “improvements for 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 Store, but it is available for sideloading. The program was last updated in December.

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