It’s niche, but I want my next phone to have an astrophotography mode

Pixel 4 astrophotography mode in Sutherland showing a man silhouetted against the night sky with stars.

Opinion post by
Hadlee Simons

Photography drives smartphone technology in a variety of ways, with image signal processors, camera sensors, machine learning, and other components all being continuously improved in the name of better photos and videos.

Nowhere are these hardware and software advancements more keenly felt than in the low-light arena, with today’s night modes being essential on any phone if you want higher quality images when the sun goes down.