Night Mode on iPhone 11: Everything You Need to Know


macrumors 6502a
Aug 21, 2019
Eindhoven (NL)
Huawei night mode is totally false: they basically are just doing CG, not photography.
I like Apple’s implementation much more. As usual, Apple isn’t the first but is the best.
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 21, 2019
Eindhoven (NL)
A major “F You” Apple for not giving even a semblance of this feature to owners of last years $1000 phone. They officially lost me as a customer with this move. After seeing how Google handled this with Pixel, Apple is giving a clear as day middle finger to their customers by making this new phone exclusive. Next phone will be a Pixel for me.
And you clearly know the sensor used in the iPhone XS is able to do night mode, right ?


macrumors 6502a
Jan 30, 2010
This only shows how bad iPhones were in interior low light situations. Of course I knew that cause I shot side by side with iPhone X and Sony XZ2 Compact which has full manual shutter, metering, iso, object tracking to minimize blur during low light and it does all that without OIS. I was always able to get fully lit interior scenes even with a single light bulb output while iPhone X has always failed miserably. 11 is an improvement in low light conditions but not by much. I couldn't care less for night mode cause turning night into day or day into night doesn't fascinate me at all, I've been doing it for way too long on photos and video to understand horribly and off it looks.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 30, 2010
And you clearly know the sensor used in the iPhone XS is able to do night mode, right ?
Of course it can, it's image stacking after the photos have already been taken just like any other night mode pretty much. It doesn't buffer images in camera memory stack before you shoot. So everything happens after. I also believe they have to develop or adjust the night mode for the each sensor and that takes time and effort so it's a lot easier for them to sell you a new phone.
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macrumors 6502
Feb 22, 2018
Yikes, those iPhone carnival shots look average with the dark halo in the sky around the ride. Maybe it has similar flaws to portrait mode where it's easy to fool the "smarts".


macrumors regular
Mar 20, 2007
I think iPhone Xs & Xr or maybe iPhone X hardware good enough to ENABLE Night Mode, but like we already know, Apple need SELLING NEW iPhone that way this feature LIMITED on New iDevice (iPhone 11, 11 Pro)

We hope there are Jailbreak and Enable this MODS on older device....

I know, on OLD iPhone the result not good enough on NEW iPhone Night Mode, but that good enough on OLD iDevice enjoy this feature too....


macrumors G3
Jun 11, 2009
So excited about this! I love that they made it automatic. Many think you need to be a photography expert and fiddle around with settings while you risk losing the picture so hopefully this works well with no fiddling.


macrumors 6502
Sep 25, 2010
Silicon Valley
I upgraded from an iPX to a iP11 Pro and I am super impressed with night mode so far. Yes all previous iPhones had huge problems with noise in low light conditions. But not only low light I took pictures with both phones in normal indoor light conditions and the 11 Pro is a huge improvement. I was serious considering buying a camera b/c I was never totally happy with my iPX - I now no am longer considering a camera purchase - very happy with my upgrade.
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macrumors 6502
Jan 3, 2008
These are looking really nice. However, one thing I've seen showing up in reviews and videos of the camera being used at night is the presence of extra light reflections floating around the frame. For example, in that first carnival ride picture, there are extra reflections just hanging out in space... It's almost like you'd need some kind of polarizing filter to get rid of the reflections in the glass. I've seen it in many places like this:


macrumors 6502a
Oct 21, 2011
So Cal
Does this only work when set to the normal photo setting or also when you have it set to Portrait? And if you have Live Photo enabled, when in low light does it automatically turn off?


macrumors 6502a
Feb 24, 2011
How well does Night mode do if someone is walking around in the background during the 3 second period of taking a picture, or if you are taking a picture of something spinning (ie, it looks like one of the comparison pics between the 11 pro, pixel 3 and s10+ is an amusement ride that spins).


macrumors 68000
Jul 27, 2002
I really wish there was a faster way to turn off night mode. I was at a nighttime wedding a few weeks back and missed so many great shots because of the amount of time it took to turn off night mode. The interface needs an instant-off way to turn that feature off.

Why is it I can’t seem to find any night sight photos of people at a dark bar or restaurant?
I’d love to know how well it works on spur of the moment photos

It doesn't do well when subjects are moving. You're much better off using the flash or just using it without night mode.
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macrumors newbie
Nov 4, 2017
1. That’s what I’m saying - I see no evidence it’s a software only feature. Yes, Apple could design a software only feature like the pixel but from what I’ve read, there are hardware differences in Apple’s implementation.

2. No I haven’t forgotten about the battery fiasco. I had one of those old phones that were “crippled”. I’m not an Apple apologist usually but that was a perfect example of Apple prioritizing experience. It was a far better experience for me to have the speed pulled back (which I and most people don’t use fully) than to have a phone restart or shut off intermittently. The only negative aspect of that story was Apple was not up front about that fact. However - it was still Apple prioritizing experience over clicked speed.

As far as replacing the batteries... Vs upgrading... ? I don’t see how that fact would lead more people to upgrade than the alternative. If I had an iPhone that intermittently shut off or otherwise stopped working, I would be FAR more likely to upgrade than a moderately slower processor speed which as I said earlier is imperceptible under normal circumstances (ie web browsing, emails, simple pictures, etc).

I still have that “crippled” phone and it’s the longest one I’ve ever owned. I don’t see the assumed correlation with forced obsolescence.
I find it fairly unlikely that apple discovered a new type of lens technology - more likely it's software based. Apple has a long history of holding things back and then making them exclusive to certain hardware. With sufficient software workarounds, some of their features that are exclusive to certain phones or computers can be used on older hardware via alternative methods. That's a large part of what makes them successful - other than awesome products - don't get me wrong, I love apple - but their teasing something, making it exclusive to certain devices after other companies beat them on technology and then playing catchup (while refining the user experience amazingly), is their shtick. Let's not pretend that's not the case. It's the apple way - and it works :D


macrumors 68020
Aug 14, 2009
Really boggles my mind that an iPhone can match or exceed my full-frame Sony camera, even with a very fast prime attached. The power of computational photography astounds me.
Yup, which is why, IMHO, the P&S market is doomed. I suspect the dSLR cameras will up their game to stay ahead, although in many ways they are two distinct markets. I my iPhone takes great now shots, but for more serious work I prefer my Canon with L glass.


macrumors newbie
Jun 4, 2014
edit mishap-

they said, Pixel 3 XL (right) vs ‌iPhone‌ (left), image via PCWorld

but the photo itself is on the wrong side in relation to the label lol. Pixel on the right but you placed the pixel image on the left... fail