How to take photos at night with your smartphone

How to take photos at night with your smartphone

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Why low light is a problem
For starters, here’s some background on physical and technical aspects of why taking a photo in the dark is so difficult. As I already mentioned in the intro: size is the problem. The light-sensitive area in most sensors that are integrated in smartphones is roughly 15 to 30 mm². In comparison: Full-format image sensors from our editor’s DSLR camera have an area of roughly 860 mm² – that is 30 to 60 times more.While small smartphone sensors can gather enough light during the day, the chip simply receives too little photons in the dark. However, there are now several ways that phones take a bright picture, although each has its pros and cons.
The blue and red areas illustrate the size ratio between the image sensor in a professional DSLR and the largest one that you can find in current high-end smartphones. / © AndroidPIT
Greater sensitivity
Whether you’ve tinkered around with ISO values before or not: you must have encountered the term at some point. To produce a bright picture in low light using a small sensor, you can simply amplify the image sensor’s light sensitivity. The camera app does this by itself when taking pictures in automatic mode.However, greater ISO sensitivity also produces greater read errors that manifest themselves as image noise, loss of detail and washed colors, among other things. In short: The pictures are indeed bright and mostly sharp, but they’re not really presentable most of the time.
Greater ISO sensitivities produce a brighter image and faster shutter speeds at the same time. However, image quality is increasingly affected above ISO 400. / © AndroidPIT
If your smartphone doesn’t let you manually adjust

Article originally published at: Droid Life