Google’s Night Sight feature for its Pixel phones provides a great way for users to capture pictures of dimly-lit subjects. With the launch of the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G, the search giant added an Auto Night Sight option for these models, making it easier to capture dark subjects without having to manually swipe to the Night Sight mode. However, while the feature could be turned off by hitting an icon, it was not a permanent solution because it would switch back on when the camera app was re-launched.
A new update to the Google Camera app now fixes that, letting users to permanently turn off the Auto Night Sight feature. Hitting the icon with the moon and an “A” to toggle the feature on or off is now remembered by the app, even if it is force shut or restarted. This allows for the user to manually enable the feature only when necessary, preventing any unwanted long exposure shots that would result in the inability to shoot pictures in quick succession. While the change is small, it will be a welcome addition for those who prefer to have greater control when clicking pictures.
Additionally, the company is also tweaking the options for the “Flash” settings accessed from the top of the screen. It now offers three options; letting users choose between using the Flash, Night Sight, or completely turning off both the features. The consolidated settings item is now termed “More Light”. This change for the two new Pixel devices comes a month after the firm disabled astrophotography on its ultra-wide lenses.
The Auto Night Sight changes are now rolling out to users running Google Camera version 8.1.200 on Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 phones. Though the update has been made available starting January 25, it could be a while before the app is served to all users.