Google Pixel 4's astrophotography mode made a bit of a stir when it was announced and I followed Google's blog about the production of that software. But can it really compare to a dedicated camera?
My love for astrophotography predates me life as a photographer. Unfortunately for me, I'm blighted by light pollution in all direction for hours and hours. The more I travel, the more I am able to capture the night sky but it's not nearly often enough. There's a lot of nuance involved in photographing the night sky and if you want the best images, you're going to need to know not only how to shoot and possible track the stars, but also how to process the image; it can take a lot of processing.
This is something Google have aimed to overcome altogether with their new software on their phones and they promotional imagery looked promising. Now, one of my favorite YouTube channels, Lonely Speck, has had a chance to test it thoroughly. You can get their opinion of how it works in the video, so I'll give you my reaction. It can't hold up to a dedicated camera, nor should it be expected to. However, it can create decent astrophotography images in a way that's accessible for pretty much anyone. The results, when examined closely, have that automated, overcooked look. But when the file is viewed in totality on a phone screen it's native too, it's damn impressive.
I will hopefully get to test this feature at some point and do an in depth review. What do you think of this astrophotography mode from Google? Would you use it?