Xiaomi prepares astrophotography mode for MIUI12

One of the main features of Google’s Pixel 4 is the ability to easily capture stars for its camera. Now, it looks like Xiaomi is preparing to copy that astrophotography mode for MIUI12.

According to a teardown performed by XDA, Xiaomi’s MIUI 12 update can pack any astrophotography mode for the camera. There’s a lot of unknown here, like which phones will actually be able to use it, but it looks like Xiaomi is basically trying to copy Google’s special star-shooting mode.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL use an astrophotography mode to take long exposure shots of the night sky which is cleared to produce sky shots thanks to post-processing which is often absolutely stunning.

Like this mode, taking Xiaomi’s astrophotography will use longer exposure and will advise users to add a tripod to their device. Interestingly, Xiaomi can also use this mode to track star trajectories and get certain effects while shooting the image. Some of the ones mentioned are “Moving Crowd,” “Starry Sky,” “Silky Water,” “Star Trails,” and “Neon Trace.” The other one is “light painting” – something some Pixel 4 owners invented as a fun side effect of using the astronomy mode.

The mode is already live on the Poco F2 Pro after loading into the MIUI 12 beta, so we can see the various options below.

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