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Best camera for night photography

In this video, I take some night photography with my favorite camera for handheld night photography, the Google Pixel devices. Specifically, the new Google Pixel 5a.

This phone was sent to us free (with no strings attached) from Google. But as with all our videos, our opinions are our own. We shoot with Google phones for night photography anyway. #nightphotography #giftfromgoogle #teampixel

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00:00 Intro
01:36 Favorite camera for handheld night photography
06:00 Initial night photography shots
08:18 Fourth shot
08:44 Things I like and don’t like about night sight
10:39 More night photography shots
13:19 Bad experiences in night photography
15:34 Night photography can bring inspiration
17:27 Final shots

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  1. Love my pixel for the exact same reasons. Night Sight works great during the day as well to get the dark details in pictures.
    Also love the astrophotography mode, but the phone needs to be perfectly stable to engage it, but works amazingly for still subjects like architectural scenes.

  2. Nice demonstration. But I feel really sorry for you that you have to live in a country where being shot because of taking pictures seems something to take into consideration even as a remote risk. One should not be afraid to be out at night in a free country. Fear and freedom don't go together.

  3. Nice to see Google´s camera app in action again! Havn´t seen it in a while. I´m using a modded version of this app since three years now on my Xiaomi Pocophone F1. The app works so well, I like the raw files of it! Unfortunately when uploaded to Instagram these get very pixelated.

  4. Looking forward to the Pixel 6 Pro. I will never forget the moment when I had my first Pixel. The OS and cameras were insane. Then came their insane night Shot Mode which really Changed mobile photography. Since Pixels are not sold in my country I had to move on to iPhones. My Pixel 4 was acting up and I had to say farewell. True shame, I miss that phone still

  5. I used to love going up and about with Night Sight. It occasionally produced magical results, rendering something that even the human eye can't see in the same conditions. Since I got myself a camera, I started to distance away from mobile photography. Cameras provide you with a sense of crafting your shots. It's also a tool that one can learn to use and learn what to expect. Computational photography is more unpredictable in that sense and takes plenty of control from you. That being said, when it works, it's not just convenient, it's, like I said, magical. Sure, you could go for a kit with IBIS, OIS, a fast prime lens, and a tripod, as well as shooting in RAW, but it will come at a hefty price (literally), will require to do a lot of time to develop or to stack, and you still may not get the same result the phone and software would in under, what, 5 seconds?

    Even yesterday, as we were making our way to the train station in Utrecht, there was a very curious structure in a water channel, but it was not lit whatsoever. There was no doubt in my mind that I will not get a good shot out of it on my camera handheld. So I got my phone out of my pocket without any thoughts of shame. I just knew it would be better…OK, to be honest, the result was no masterpiece, but I wouldn't get anything better on the fuji in those conditions for sure.

    I can understand many arguments "for" regular camera superiority, as I used it more and more myself, but in some cases, especially night street photography, there's no beating good software and processing power.

    Anyway, just props for making this video. It was good to see a photographer I admire not shying away from actually using a smartphone camera where it really works.

  6. Sure looks good on a compressed video on my small phone screen. I sincerely doubt I would enjoy having these photos as a wallpaper on my desktop monitor, or printed out.

  7. Great video! Did you use any film/grain simulation during editing or is the grain directly from the sensor & night sight processing? It looks pretty good (most digital noise I don't like) and reminds me a bit of film.

    Also your 'you might get shot' comment is such a (sad) reality check for me. Living in Austria I wouldn't even think about sth like that in the context of night photography.

  8. Nice photos! I remember that video where you were driving with a camera on a tripod on a passanger seat and took pictures from the car, that was when I knew I must subscribe 😀 Its also interesting how there are no public lights in that city. Here there are public lights everywhere even in small town. But it never came to my mind until now 🙂

  9. Why not emulate what the phone does with a real camera and the obviously much better lens? Take your camera, choose a shutter speed that you can easily handhold. Fire a large burst. Throw that burst into kandao RAW+ for Smartphone like stacking with all the hard work of aligning and masking done automatically. Develop the DNG kandao gives you as a normal RAW

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