Google’s Pixel already boasts a formidable camera, among the best in smartphone photography. A Google Daydream engineer Florian Kainz revealed how much more incredible it could be specifically in the area of night photography, when he set himself the task of reproducing DLSR-style nighttime picture quality using both a Pixel and a Nexus 6P.
So why isn’t this ready to go for general consumer use? Well, because if you’re not already deeply in love with painstaking desktop image processing, it’s going to be well beyond the average user’s patience or skill level. But Kainz expresses hope at the end of the Research blog post that software “should be able to process the images internally” on a phone, once developed, and that the only ingredient required thereafter from a user’s perspective would be setting up their smartphone on a tripod – a relatively low bar these days, even for casual mobile photographers.
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