Quick Post about my Note 20 Ultra — Night Mode

So, I’ve not shown many photos from the Note 20 recently. Yesterday evening I sat outside until it got dark, which is pretty early these days. In case people think I’m nuts, it was in the upper 60s and quite comfortable.

Later on, we experienced severe weather (but not as bad as to our South and East and West). but, what I want to show is a photo taken with the phone in “Pro” mode. That means the settings are all manual and the phone does no processing at all.

Can’t see, much, right? Well, what do you expect? … it was dark.

Because I captured the scene in “Pro” mode, the phone saves a RAW image (DNG).

I used Snapseed to try and coax some details from the capture. Here are two versions of what I did. Going past these with adjustments made the photo lighter but introduced massive noise.

You can see a bit more detail . . .

. . . and still more in this second version.

You can begin to see the noise in the sky and the pergola. Trying to lighten them up really only made them worse.

Of course, I could use the built-in flash . . .

Really, that’s pretty good for a camera phone flash. Quite a reach, I’d say.

Now let me show you what happens with the “Night Mode” option. Remember, it’s the same scene, same dark conditions where I could hardly make out the birdbath, let alone the shrubs and other details . . .

All I did for that photo is add my signature. Everything else is how it came out of the phone camera. Whatever the phone is doing, there’s some heavy post-processing going on.

I don’t even see it using the flash, and because it was overcast, there’s no Moon or starlight helping. It does take about six seconds for the phone to capture the scene (it tells me to hold the phone steady), but, still, whenever I try “Night Mode”, I’m amazed.

I could do the same with my DSLR on a tripod and a long exposure (HERE) but this is a hand-held phone.

Amazing . . .

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