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pasha_d

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Has anyone actually caught the milky way with astrophotography mode on the pixel 3a series? Reason I ask is because with the 1 minute limit on the mid range counterpart with astrophotography mode I don't feel like it would be enough. I caught a few milky way shots on my old mate 20 pro with 25s exposure time and minimum iso but the 1 minute astro shot isn't a whole 1 minute expose it's around 3x 10s exposure and the rest stacking I believe. Also I do understand that u have to find the milkway and be in the correct place at the right time I'm just genuinely interested if anyone has caught it on the mid range pixel
I was in Western PA past weekend and tried to do just that, but wasn't able to find Milky way. Got some amazing night sky though... Tried to attach it, but uploader is limited the size of the file. Considering the quality of shots I've got I think Pixel 3a is quite capable of capturing Milky way.
 

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I was in Western PA past weekend and tried to do just that, but wasn't able to find Milky way. Got some amazing night sky though... Tried to attach it, but uploader is limited the size of the file. Considering the quality of shots I've got I think Pixel 3a is quite capable of capturing Milky way.
No milky way but a very great shot congratulations!
 
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Hdr+ enhanced and touch up in lr. 2 close up shots was done at around 1.8×/2× zoom to get a some what macro
 

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pasha_d

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I was in Western PA past weekend and tried to do just that, but wasn't able to find Milky way. Got some amazing night sky though... Tried to attach it, but uploader is limited the size of the file. Considering the quality of shots I've got I think Pixel 3a is quite capable of capturing Milky way.
My guess was quite right.
Here is a stunning image of the Milky way I captured in Adirondacks with my Pixel 3a.
Enjoy!
 

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pasha_d

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Has anyone actually caught the milky way with astrophotography mode on the pixel 3a series? Reason I ask is because with the 1 minute limit on the mid range counterpart with astrophotography mode I don't feel like it would be enough. I caught a few milky way shots on my old mate 20 pro with 25s exposure time and minimum iso but the 1 minute astro shot isn't a whole 1 minute expose it's around 3x 10s exposure and the rest stacking I believe. Also I do understand that u have to find the milkway and be in the correct place at the right time I'm just genuinely interested if anyone has caught it on the mid range pixel
See unedited picture taken without tripod or any other special device. Just Pixel 3a sitting on the rock. I became a fan of astrophotography with this little device, thanks to your original question. ?
https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=83147409&postcount=89
 
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Here are some pictures of mine. The astrography shots were taken with the PX Google camera mod, because i have no tripod :p

I am very satisfied with this camera, have a lot of great private shots and get a lot of compliments for how good the shots are :D
 

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Here's several shots I've taken with the Gcam PX v4.3 by cstark, with custom tuning. Many of the pics (about half) have been tweaked and tuned using various apps. SmartHDR is amazing if you want to get the most out of your pics with the least amount of work. While, Lightroom is great if you wanna do most of the tuning yourself. However, the other half of the pics are untouched other than cropping, alignment, or perhaps bokeh effects.
 

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Those overboosted-HDR and oversaturated landscapes are not my thing. Very unreal, look like the "bad dream" filter.
I would do less editing and add less "drama" to keep them more close to reality. Its a matter of taste of course.
I liked the dog pics though.
 
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The pixel's camera is one of the very few that I've ever used that can take a picture of the moon without making it look like the sun. Granted, this shot is shaky, as I took it while driving. But still, it highlights just how powerful it really is.

The second two pics highlight the zoom capabilities. The lake shot is at 1x, while the second photo is at 36x. However, it'll do 50x. Again, it's obvious that it's well past it's usefulness in photography. But it is great for scouting out whats in the distance. My experience is that it's 7x stock zoom in largely lossless if don't on a tripod. Not bad for digital only. I sometimes use a 3x lense. This keeps quality up to 12-15x (using 3x optical and 4-5x digital).

Next up are two photos taken seconds apart. One using a simple no-hdr snap and shoot, while the second one is using 15 second exposure. The difference in apparent light is remarkable!

Then, some shots of my niece and her boyfriend. To those who didn't like the shots before, these are probably up your alley. These are 100% unedited (unless alignment was done, to which I can't confirm which ones that were because I'm posting from my phone and not my computer with the entire catalogue). Even the black and white shot is done through the camera at the moment of snapping and not through later desaturation.

Then, just some random shots.

I've taken about 50k pics with this phone. And it literally has just blown my mind for about 9 months now.

Next time I'm on my computer, I'll upload some better shots. The ones above are just the ones I've kept on here. (I only have about 5k pics on my phone. I usually transfer them over to my computer because of the massive amount of 4k videos I've shot at weddings and parties. They suck up massive amounts of free space. You can get a 2gb video clip in no time at all!)

Hope everyone is having a great day.
 

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Let me clarify a couple of things. I've had a few PM's about it. The pics of the couple, those have not been edited to the extent of changing the color, contrast, highlights, etc. So nothing major. What has likely been done is a bit of vignette, brightness, cropping, alignment, (and possibly* some object removal). The shots were taken at or near a low-mid traffic airport. Some of the best angles required hangars and inanimate objects to appear in the shot. While most could be cropped down, a few needed touched up using an app that I freaking love for object removal: Handy App. For those who have NOT used it... Let me just say, it's by far the best object remover on the market. It uses AI to determine what should replace the object you removed. You don't have to clone the surrounding area to make it look right. It literally does everything for you. I will be uploading a shot of a cow pasture, and a removed calf as an example. The time it took me to take the picture, and remove the object was less than 30 seconds.

Also, the astrophotography pics... I use the GCam PX 4.3 Mod along with a magisk module for longer exposure and custom noise model. I get that theres wayyy better shots on here than mine, and I'm super jealous of them! but I'm about 20-30 miles in 4 different directions away from large towns, and metro areas. The light pollution is insane. so, if you suffer from a similar situation, I'd highly recommend the gcam PX to help overcome much of it. It allows up to 6-8 minute exposures, and the custom magisk noise model will help cleanup the light issues.

I was actually able to capture the Messier Supernova (nebula) with one of my shots. After saturating it to the max, and adjusting highlights, along with a custom lib patcher to help darken the sky and increase sharpness.. it appeared as a pink nebula. Was one of the best moments in my entire life. (doesn't take much to excite me huh? Lol. It dates back to looking at the stars with my dad as a kid... I miss that dude.)
 

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