What is Google Clips?
Announced late last year, Google Clips is a tiny camera accessory that’s meant to help you capture bite-sized moments in your life. It gets its name from the ability to clip onto anything with its built-in clipping mechanism. You can easily stand it up on its own or even attach it to a tripod if you want, though.
Google Clips features just one button — the shutter button — but the camera uses AI to make sure you don’t even have to use it in some situations. It can recognize facial expressions, lighting conditions, and even composition information to determine when might be a good time to start recording.
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Clips are recorded without audio and only last several seconds long, perfect for social sharing. Once you’ve compiled a few you could easily make it into a memorable reel to enjoy.
That’s because you can transfer your clips from the camera’s storage to your Android phone through the Google Clips app.
And even if you aren’t yet ready to transfer, edit, or share those clips, you can preview them through the Google Clips app within seconds.
Google Clips specs
Here are some other technical details you’ll want to know about the camera:
- Its battery lasts as long as 3 hours when using Smart Capture mode.
- It has a USB-C port for charging and data sync.
- The camera lens itself is a wide-angle 130-degree fixed-focus sensor for use in a wide variety of situations.
- Photos are taken in JPEG format, while clips are either audio-less MP4 files or GIF files, both of which are recorded at 15 frames per second.
- The camera lens is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
Strangely enough, Google Clips is only compatible with a handful of devices right now. Folks on Android will have to have any of Google’s Pixel devices (find Pixel 2 impressions here), the Samsung Galaxy S7, or the Galaxy S8. They’ll need to be running Android 7.0 Nougat or higher.
Any iPhone beginning from the iPhone 6 or later on iOS 11 or later can also get in on the fun. We’re not sure why the list of compatible devices is so short but we’ll be trying to find out whether others will be added over time.
Google Clips accessories
If you decide you want one, you should also be aware of the accessories available for it. They’ll run you $15 each, and they’re all made from Incipio.
Those accessories include a tripod + case combo, a carrying pouch, and a lone tripod. We’re not sure why you’d want to pay $15 for the tripod alone. You could get the case packaged with it for the same price. It may be a pricing error, and we’ll be looking into it for sure.
As for the camera, it’s at the Google Store for $250 with free shipping. There are also financing options available if you don’t want to pay for it all at once.
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