Google Clips is a tiny AI-powered camera

Isaac Cain
October 5, 2017

Google didn't offer a release date for Clips, but it will cost $249.

Clips grabs "motion photos", the new picture format that Google created that includes some brief movement around the frame, like a Live Photo from Apple. All you have to do is place the camera in a room, in a position that shows the world around it, and it will take photos automatically without your assistance.

Today we're introducing Google Clips, a lightweight, hands-free camera that helps you capture more genuine and spontaneous moments of the people-and pets!-who matter to you. All it needs is your phone, and you're ready to roll.

You can automatically save the images and even make movies out of the images. each photo capture lasts several seconds. It has a 12MP camera with 130-degree field of view.

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That said, it also has 16GB of internal storage.

A new feature called lens occlusion detection alerts you when the lens is blocked.

We've seen how well Google is able to optimize the camera performance of their smartphones and the Google Clips mini camera takes that a step further.

You won't need to be connected to the internet to record, and there is a light on the device so you'll know that it is recording. You can clip it to an object or set it down while you do something and it fires away. But Google's Juston Payne told me that rather than being meant to let people people capture themselves jumping out of airplanes, it has two other use-case senarios in mind: kids and pets. You then use a phone app (which will be available for both Android and iOS) to review the clips that Clips captured and decide what to share.

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