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The Galaxy S10's bright night is no Google Pixel Night Sight

BARCELONA – Chalk one up for math. While the Samsung Galaxy S10 has a Bright Night mode, it does not compare to the Google Pixel 3's dazzling Night Sight mode, which has changed with low light microphone photography. We tested the feature before the Mobile World Congress. The difference seems to be in software. Google's Night Sight captures multiple images and combines them with software to create a surprisingly light image with very little light. Samsung said that its own Bright Night leans mainly on the S10's dual aperture optics, and it looks like it just can't pull that much detail out of a picture like Night Sight can. Night Sight can also enhance the images taken with the front camera, which Bright Night cannot do. We compared the Galaxy S9 +, Galaxy S1 0 and Google Pixel 3 here. Night modes only affect images taken in the lowest light. In fairly low light, as at night with streetlights or in a restaurant, all three phones make quite a good deal. Take a look at these pictures (all images are in the order of Pixel 3, then Galaxy S9 +, then Galaxy S10 +): Turn the lamp down to the point where you can barely see, and Night Sight pulls forward. These shots of a stairwell and my apartment were made in extremely dim light, I could hardly see the pattern on the stairwell, myself. (Again, the order is Pixel 3, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10.) Finally, this is a bit…

BARCELONA Chalk one up for math. While the Samsung Galaxy S10 has a Bright Night mode, it does not compare to the Google Pixel 3’s dazzling Night Sight mode, which has changed with low light microphone photography. We tested the feature before the Mobile World Congress.

The difference seems to be in software. Google’s Night Sight captures multiple images and combines them with software to create a surprisingly light image with very little light. Samsung said that its own Bright Night leans mainly on the S10’s dual aperture optics, and it looks like it just can’t pull that much detail out of a picture like Night Sight can.

Night Sight can also enhance the images taken with the front camera, which Bright Night cannot do.

We compared the Galaxy S9 +, Galaxy S1

0 and Google Pixel 3 here. Night modes only affect images taken in the lowest light. In fairly low light, as at night with streetlights or in a restaurant, all three phones make quite a good deal. Take a look at these pictures (all images are in the order of Pixel 3, then Galaxy S9 +, then Galaxy S10 +):

 Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10 and Pixel 3 Building Shot

Turn the lamp down to the point where you can barely see, and Night Sight pulls forward. These shots of a stairwell and my apartment were made in extremely dim light, I could hardly see the pattern on the stairwell, myself. (Again, the order is Pixel 3, Galaxy S9, Galaxy S10.)

 Night Sight Galaxy S10 Comparison 2

Finally, this is a bit of light listening. As you can see, Night Sight is a big difference if you take pictures of yourself in the dark.

 Night Sight Selfie Comparison Vs S10

As we saw in our original Night Sight comparison, it also handles Apple phones handily. In our previous test, we discovered that Galaxy Note 9 (which has the same camera as S9 +) is better in very low light than the iPhone XS Max.

Galaxy S10 + has an excellent camera. S9 + also does. But when we saw the demo of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor driving the new S10 +, Qualcomm promised radical new low-light modes. It appears that Samsung has not taken Qualcomm on that offer.

We are still testing the Galaxy S10 +. So far, it works even better than the Snapdragon 855 reference device that we tested last month. Get ready for further results and a full review.

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