Sunday , October 17 2021

Google Pixel 3 vs. iPhone XS in new Night Sight camera ad

Night Sight rolled out to all Pixel phones in November and the results have lived up to the hype. It was compared to the iPhone XS during the Pixel 3's launch event and Google is now continuing that photography lead with a new advertising campaign.

Shared this evening by a product marketing VP at Google, the company is using a side-by-side comparison of the same scene. At right is the Pixel 3 and to the left is a coyly named "Phone X."

The bottom corner notes that the image was shot with an iPhone XS, just like the previous comparison highlighted at the 10/9 event. The Google picture shows the neon green-clad subject clearly, while his face is impossible to make out on the iPhone. As is typical for Night Sight, the dark sky is brightened and grayish with white steam visible.

In terms of lighting, Google's technique somewhat washes out lighting in the background, but if the point of the photo is to capture the main subject, many will excuse that decision.

Pixel 3 vs. iPhone XS Night Sight

Since the feature did not launch with Pixel 3, Night Sight was left out of initial advertising. A new ad in late November emphasized the downsides of using flash and the advantages of leveraging machine learning to balance colors. Night Sight also merges a burst of shots to prevent blur motion and brighten an image that ultimately remains sharp.

Today's simple ad features Google's multi-colored 'G' logo at the bottom-right, but is otherwise quite simple and stark. It is particularly ideal for billboards and other large print media, but could be part of a longer video. With the biggest advertising event that is Super Bowl LIII next Sunday, Google could make a big splash during the Big Game.

Pixel 3 vs. iPhone XS Night Sight

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