Xiaomi POCO F1, Mi 8 Receives Pixel 3’s Impressive Night Sight Mode Through Google Camera Port Out

The hugely acclaimed Night Sight Mode from Google Pixel smartphones have now made its way to Xiaomi POCO F1 and Mi 8. It promises significant improvement in low-light imaging capabilities.


After the Nokia smartphones, the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T, it is now the turn of Xiaomi POCO F1 and Mi 8 to get the Night Sight Mode that is present in the Google Camera app originally meant for the Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL Android smartphones.

Xiaomi POCO F1 and the Xiaomi Mi 8 smartphones have now received the acclaimed ‘Night Sight Mode’ that hasn’t even been officially introduced in the latest Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL smartphones. Incidentally, the Xiaomi smartphones too, didn’t receive the feature through official channels. Still the impact, according to early adopters and testers has been overwhelmingly positive.

POCO F1 and Mi 8 Get The Google Camera port with Night Sight Mode

The Night Sight Mode is one of the latest revolutionary features that grant the ability to capture images with extensive detail even in low or poor lighting conditions. The feature allows devices to take surprisingly good low light photos.

The Night Sight Mode doesn’t heavily rely on LED flash to illuminate the scene. Instead, the feature utilizes the increasingly powerful Machine Learning algorithms to take stock of the subject. Thereafter, the algorithm intelligently selects the right colors that eventually highlight the important aspects of the subject. The end result is detailed and sharp images that have remarkably low “noise”.

Another Sample of Night Sight at work.
Image Courtesy: The Verge

Smartphone enthusiasts who have been eagerly experimenting with the Night Sight Mode on other devices, including several latest Nokia and OnePlus smartphones, have only good things to say about the feature. They insist the difference between the HDR+ mode and the Night Sight Mode is remarkable. Several claim the human eye may fail to pick out the details in a dark environment. However, the Night Sight Mode really manages to capture a photo that isn’t a black mess.

Testers are even comparing the Google-developed feature to Huawei’s Night Mode that currently relies on Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 20’s powerful imaging sensors. The feature makes handheld long exposure shots feasible. Incidentally, though the feature works well, it still requires capable imaging hardware. The optical sensors need to take in a lot of data and then process the same.

Download And Use The Modded Google Camera App On Xiaomi POCO F1 and Mi 8

The modded Google Camera app with the Night Sight Mode activated works majorly on the Android 9 Pie operating system or the MIUI Pie Beta ROMs. Talented modders like the B-S-G from the 4PDA forums have also enabled features like ZSL HDR+, HDR+ Enhanced, portrait mode on the front and the back camera as well as video recording up to 4K 30FPS, within the modified Google Camera app.

Nokia Night Sight Mode
[Image Credit: NokiaPowerUser]
We at MSP Gear do not promote using experimental apps or features. Moreover, modders have indicated there are a few bugs related to EIS, video focus and slow-motion quality. Interestingly, the app does not install over the default camera app. In other words, interested users can install the app alongside the stock camera app. Smartphone enthusiasts can download the APK installer file.