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    • When I first received my Google Clips unit for review, I was curious. How would I use the small, portable camera in my workflow? While Google Clips has some really cool technology and is a sign of what the future might bring, it's also a tad bit creepy.

      Google Clips connects to your phone via a private Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth, and automatically records short video clips (which are really just fast-capture still images put together) when it detects faces. There's no sound recorded at all. You can also click the shutter button (or use the app) to manually control the camera. The clips are then saved to the camera's internal memory and displayed on your phone, where they can be downloaded to your phone or Google Photos account.

      It's almost like having your own personalized animated GIF. You can also export a frame from the video clip as a still image.


    • Really interesting review of the clips camera. When I first saw it being demoed in October of last year I struggled to figure out what it was for. It felt like an interesting idea, yet I wasn't sure what problem it would solve for me, without creating more along the way.

      I haven't personally had one so all I can do is speculate on this, but the 3 hour battery life means that at some point I have to worry about recharging it during the day or strategically plan when and where to turn it on and off. Also the idea that it automatically starts recording when it recognizes a face seems very creepy... And finally, the point about image quality is a deal breaker for me. In the age of amazing cameras inside our phones, I can't imagine wearing a much larger device yet with poorer image quality 😕

      As you've said, maybe if I can come up with specific use case where this Google Clips can truly shine with a better image quality, I'll give it a try, but for now I'll wait and see.

    • Betteridge's law of headlines is an adage that states: "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.

      Camera of the future? Well, let's's what I look for in a camera: dynamic range, autofocus, noise sensitivity, lens lineup, low-light performance, ISO range, bracketing modes, and a bunch of other things that aren't even mentioned in the specs that I have seen.

      Somehow, I doubt that Hasselblad is feeling threatened. It might be a convenient gadget for some situations, but camera of the future? I think not.

    • Couldn't agree more with you! I guess me saying "camera of the future" more alludes to the possibility of that type of technology being included in future cameras, not exactly this model being the camera of the future, if that makes sense.

    • Fair enough...I was just being bitchy. OK, so here's the thing: cell phone cameras are so good now that it's hard for me to see much of a market for anything between them and pro-level gear. It sounds like this thing is meant to be some sort of body-cam, but given the hostility that Google Glass provoked, I'm not sure that it's going to be well received regardless of its technical merits. Dunno.

    • Disclaimer, I'm hopelessly bad at predicting how new technologies will be used and adopted.
      That said, even after reading your review, I can't figure out what it's for. No audio, mediocre to bad video, doesn't sound user friendly... the only application I can think of is using it as a home security camera, to catch the faces of burglars. Even then, they'd probably steal it because it would need to be exposed in order to function.

    • My Nest Cams serve the same function, except that they're bound by a WiFi connection and 110-volt plug. I can't really figure out what it's for.

      What will the camera of the future be? Perhaps the Google Clips is trying to be a robo-photographer: a camera that will compose and take an image autonomously. But as it stands, the Clips' stationary nature is extremely limiting. I bet small, autonomous drones and robotic camera mounts that will follow subjects will serve peoples' constant photographer needs better.