Google Pixel 4 leak: astrophotography mode is coming!

Google Pixel 4 leak: astrophotography mode is coming!
(Image credit: Pro Android)

The Google Pixel 4 will be receiving an all-new astrophotography mode, according to a newly leaked promotional video. 

The video displays Google latest camera phone and boasts that you can take photos "Even in the dark", using the company's Night Sight feature, and boasts that "You even get the stars" with the new astro functionality.

The minute-long promo video was leaked on Twitter by Quelian, where it was picked up by the Pro Android website (and later shared by DP Review). 

Among other features, it shows a user taking a Night Sight photograph by holding the shutter button down for a long exposure, prompting the phone to display the "Hold still" warning to minimize movement between frames – which it then stacks to produce a cleaner exposure.

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The astro / star photography mode appears to work in much the same way, with a long depress of the shutter to take a long exposure and the same "Hold still" message. It seems likely that the backbone of the Night Sight technology is carried over, no doubt supported by some AI-driven computational imaging to minimize noise and motion blur.

As Pro Android points out, Google isn't first to market with such an idea. "Huawei's current flagship P30 Pro already features a multi-frame star trail mode which is capable of achieving pretty attractive results in the right circumstances".

Of course, we're sure that no-one is keeping score on this point in particular, but given the very public grievances with Huawei we can imagine that Google's engineers are keen to have a superior astro mode in the Pixel 4. 

Since the Pixel is about the most leaked smartphone line in the world, we're sure that we'll be hearing more about this mode – along with all the other modes that are squeezed into it – ahead of the anticipated launch of the Google Pixel 4 in October.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.