2018 might have been a snoozefest when it came to smartphone design and releases, but the camera tricks introduced to better tackle photography in low light situations have been incredible. Smartphone innovation is still occasionally a thing and there is be no better showcase of that than with Google’s own Pixel 3 camera and the Night Sight mode it released shortly after launch.
Unfortunately, a whole bunch of you were not impressed with the overall Pixel 3 package and passed on it, even if it has what is arguably the best camera experience. Not to fear, Samsung fans, the Galaxy S10 might have you covered.
The folks at XDA uncovered evidence buried within the Samsung One UI (Android Pie) beta that references a “Bright Night” camera mode. This mode sure sounds like it’s going to attempt to mimic Google’s camera magic.
Here is the string that talks about how Bright Night should work:
<string name=”Title_bright_night”>Bright night</string>
<string name=”smart_tips_bright_night_description”> Suggest mode to take bright pictures even in very dark conditions. </string>
<string name=”super_night_guide_capture”> Hold your phone steady. Taking picture. </string>
<string name=”super_night_guide_ready”> Brighten up this shot with Bright night. </string>
<string name=”bright_night_summary”> Take bright pictures even in very dark conditions </string>
<string name=”SM_NIGHT”> Night </string>
<string name=”SM_NIGHT_description”> Take multiple shots and combine them to get brighter, clearer pictures in low light without using the flash. </string>
<string name=”bright_night_summary”> Take bright pictures even in very dark conditions. </string>
Holding your phone steady in “very dark conditions” using a mode that takes multiple shots, combining them together to get “brighter, clearer pictures in low light,” is exactly how I would describe the Pixel 3’s Night Sight or Night Mode.
With evidence already showing up inside of the Samsung One UI, Samsung could always release this ahead of the Galaxy S10 launch, but honestly, why would they do that? This will more than likely be a headline exclusive-type feature when the S10 is revealed, even if that exclusivity doesn’t last long and eventually makes its way to other Galaxy phones.
This should leave Samsung fans incredibly excited. Samsung has made included some of the best smartphone camera experiences dating back years, long before Google and LG and Huawei and HTC had a clue as to what they were doing. Samsung was one of the original camera kings and hasn’t slowed while others have caught up.
What do you guys think, can Samsung match Google’s algorithmic magic?