After years of watching the Pixel phones produce some truly amazing photos at night, the iPhone now has something that can compete. The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro will ship with an automatic night mode, and now we have our first real-world images to look at.

Apple shared some pictures on-stage, and they looked pretty incredible. But we’re always dubious about how well these things will work when they’re not being staged to the Nth degree. As it turns out, they’ll still look awesome.

Model CoCo Rocha was able to get her hands on an iPhone 11 Pro Max, and while she wasn’t saying how she did, she was more than pleased to share a couple of images. One of them was from an iPhone X. You don’t need to be an expert in photography to be able to tell which is which. Or acknowledge that the photo looks amazing.

Apple says that it uses the Wide sensor to capture brighter images on the new iPhones.

The new Wide sensor with 100 percent Focus Pixels and advanced software enables Night mode, and delivers huge improvements to photos shot in indoor and outdoor low-light environments, resulting in brighter images with natural colors and reduced noise.

(iPhone 11 Pro Max’s automatic night mode)

(Photo from an iPhone X for comparison)

Of course, Google and even Huawei have been doing something like this for a long time. But neither makes the iPhone, so the chance for iPhone owners to take images of this quality at night is new. And it’s absolutely welcome, too.

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