Google Pixel 8 Pro can mix cameras for better night vision shots

Google is preparing a new feature for the Pixel 8 Pro that would combine multiple cameras to capture even better night vision photos.

About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” post, we have decompiled the latest version of an application that Google has uploaded to the Play Store. If we decompile these files (called APKs for Android apps), we can see different lines of code within this hint to possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may not be perfect. However, we will try to enable those that are nearing completion to show you what they will look like should they ship. With that in mind, read on.

With the release of the Pixel 7 Pro, Google introduced an upgrade to the way it handles telephoto shooting. If you zoom in but not far enough to go telephoto, Google Camera will capture the intended shot with both the main and telephoto cameras.

With this additional data, the Pixel 7 Pro can enhance the central part of the photo with details that would not normally be visible. Super Res Zoom on Pixel 7 Pro | Image: Google

An update for the Google Camera app, version 8.8, was rolled out over the weekend via the Play Store. In the app’s code, our team noticed that Google has included some of the first details for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. We’re still gathering the full details on what’s new for Google’s next flagship phones, but along the way we spotted a new feature that will be exclusive to the Pixel 8 Pro.

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From what we can piece together, the Multi-Camera Super Res Zoom feature above appears to be called Hawk and FusionZoom in the code. In a change specific to the Pixel 8 Pro, Google is expanding when this particular Hawk variant of Super Res Zoom can be used, allowing for night vision capture.

In practice, the underlying tech should be pretty much the same, with both camera sensors capturing the same shot for an extended period of time. Once the two photos are taken, Google Camera should seamlessly merge them into a single night vision (or maybe astrophotography) shot with even more detail than before.

Considering Google’s Night Sight has improved in some way every year since its debut on the Pixel 3, it’s no surprise that the company is investing in low-light photos again. Still, it should be fascinating to see how Google’s machine learning handles the merging of long exposure photos versus those taken in well-lit areas.

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