It is amazing what you can do with a smartphone nowadays. I took this shot yesterday night with my iPhone 11 pro. I wanted to try the night mode when the stars are bright at night. It is called Astrophotography. Yesterday night, the skies were clear, and the stars were bright. It was the perfect time to test my iPhone’s night mode.
The iPhone 11 series phone has an auto night mode that can take amazing shots in the dark with the help of computational photography. Seriously, you have to try it to see how the cameras in smartphones have evolved. It can take up to 10 seconds for the iPhone to get good photos in the dark, but it can do even further with the help of a tripod. The tripod stabilizes the iPhone, and the iPhone detects this stabilization. With this stabilization, the iPhone can take up to 30 seconds to get unbelievable photos in the dark.
I took my iPhone to the terrace in my home. I stabilized it on the top of my bottle as I didn’t have a tripod. The iPhone detected the stabilization, gave me an option to take 30-second night mode, and I pressed the shutter. Then the magic happened after 30 seconds of photo processing. I didn’t see these many stars with my naked eye, but the iPhone captured it. It is computational photography at its finest.
The Pixel 4 series phone has a dedicated Astrophotography feature in its camera that it can take up to 2 minutes to get more astonishing photos of the dark sky. I am sure it will be better then iPhone’s, but I am happy with this performance.