Moving Across Town
Our next test was stopping at Gasworks Park on the other side of Seattle to shoot the skyline from across Lake Union. I cannot emphasize enough how cold, windy, and rainy it was. No photographer would ever seek out these conditions for shooting photos, especially long exposure or long distance photos. Once again, when we set up the tripod and let the Pixel 4’s Night Sight do its thing, the results were astounding. And Gasworks was dark enough that Night Sight decided to do a two minute exposure, which yielded incredibly sharp foreground subjects with surreal blurry clouds that demonstrate how tempestuous the night was.
Next, we tested Night Sight with a shot of the Seattle skyline, which it handled remarkably well for a smartphone. I pushed the Pixel’s limits by zooming all the way up to the phone’s max of 8x optical + digital zoom. After adding the Moment 58mm Tele and hard selecting the 2x lens, we got 16x zoom Night Sight. As expected, the image deteriorated significantly, but it still handled this level of zoom better than any smartphone I’ve ever seen. And this was in extreme winds at night. Under more ideal conditions, I expect more usable photos at the high end of the zoom range, even when paired with Night Sight.