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Capture big moments and little ones, too
Discover a camera that automatically captures short motion photos of your family, friends and pets. You can hold it, clip it, or set it down to get memorable, audio-free, clips from unique perspectives.
Hands-free camera, so you can be hands-on
Google Clips automatically captures short motion photos that are several seconds long, freeing you up to join in on the fun with loved ones.
Moments that'll make you smile
With Google Machine learning built in, Google Clips is smart enough to recognize and automatically save moments with great facial expressions.
Plus, over time, it'll learn to recognize the people you spend most of your time with and automatically capture clips of your moments together.
Secure, from snap to save
You never need an Internet connection to capture or view your motion photos. Google Clips sends everything it captures right to your phone, letting you select and save the best moments.
Easy to upload. Easy to share
No wires are needed to quickly view your moments in the Google Clips app. Fast Transfer sends the motion photos directly to your phone, so you can quickly view your content and easily share your favorites.
Save the perfect shot
Super Res lets you save any frame from your motion photos as a high resolution still picture.
Unlimited storage with Pixel
Pixel owners will enjoy unlimited storage at original quality of all their motion photos and auto-enhanced stills.¹
¹ Free, unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos uploaded with Pixel through the end of 2020, and free, unlimited high-quality storage for photos uploaded with Pixel afterward.
- Google Clips
- Image Sensor TypeOther
- Video Resolution (Recording)1080
- Wi-Fi EnabledYes
- Product NameClips
- Model NumberGA00191-US
- Color CategoryWhite
- Product Set0.2
- Additional Accessories IncludedGoogle Clips
- Internal Memory IncludedYes
- Memory Card CompatibilityNone
- Digital ZoomNone
- Low Light/High SensitivityYes
- Image Sensor TypeOther
- Focus ModesAutomatic
- Auto/Manual FocusAutomatic
- Slow Motion RecordingNo
- Video Encoding FormatsGIF, JPEG, MP4
- Video Resolution (Recording)1080
- Action CameraNo
- Night RecordingYes
- Internal Memory16000 megabytes
- Battery SizeOther
- Removable BatteryNo
- Microphone TypeNone
- Number Of USB Port(s)1
- Wi-Fi EnabledYes
- Product Width1.9 inches
- Product Height0.8 inches
- Product Depth1.9 inches
- Product Weight0.09 pounds
- Water ResistantYes
- Maximum Depth Of Water Resistance0 feet
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 Year
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 Year
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Ok Product – Could Have Been Much BetterPosted .
I am rating this Google Clips product at 2.5 out of 5 stars based upon its initial selling price compared to its overall limited functionality, with that said, Google could upgrade the product firmware and add some functionality which would make it a more versatile product. It seems to me that a product of this type should have been made to be more versatile, it is designed to be placed in various locations and it automatically captures short video clips of you and your family and friends, but naturally a customer is going to hope that it could also do other things, such as have more video and picture capturing modes. The Google Clips app could have a mode that would allow it to capture more than 7 seconds of video, and also a mode that captures only a single picture each time that the shutter button is pressed. These are things that Google could add to future firmware upgrades. The future upgradeability of this product is limited in several ways, Google will not be able to add the capability of this camera to record audio, since it does not have a built in microphone, not adding a mic was a bad choice, after all, adding a mic would have been simple, and what customer would not hope to be able to record video with audio at some point if owning this Google Clips product. Another way the future upgradeability of this product is limited, is that this camera does not seem to be designed to be able to focus on objects that are close up to the camera, say for instance if Google ever added a mode to capture only images with each shutter press, then if you wanted to take a close up picture of an item in hopes of getting a really detailed view, this still won’t be possible because this camera does not focus well on up close objects. With that said, the Google Clips does capture objects that are at a distance clear enough. As it is, upon the release of this product, its functionality is limited to 7 seconds of video, or a picture download capability, of which if you wanted only a single picture, every time the shutter button is pressed, it records 7 seconds of video anyway, and a picture can be downloaded from any place in the 7 seconds of video. Given the limited functionality of this product, why on earth is the original selling price so expensive? This is what any customer might wonder given the impressive functionality that is built into most electronics these days. This Google Clips product has quite limited battery life, it is a small portable product so this in kind of to be expected, but I was expecting a bit better battery capacity, and I was actually surprised that it took so long to charge the battery. I did not test to see exactly how long it took to charge the battery, but I did find myself looking over at it several times and being surprised that it was not charged yet. Last of all I found it quite annoying that in order to connect a smart phone to this Google Clips, it is necessary to have both the Bluetooth and WiFi turned on. Bluetooth can transfer data in the same way that WiFi can, except WiFi is faster, and since this product requires the faster WiFi connection to be able to transfer video fast enough, I am not understanding why it is necessary to also need a Bluetooth connection in order to connect your smart phone to the Google Clips.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly Good, but Too ExpensivePosted .
I went into this not expecting much. I was curious about Google Clips ever since it was announced and from the time I’ve had using it I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised at how great some of the pictures and clips that come out of this are. You get a lot of not-so-great pictures, but the best ones are moments I could never hope to capture on my phone because that moment is usually lost in the time it takes to get your phone out, open the camera, and take the picture. Google Clips does really well in this regard and almost makes it feel like a disposable camera in the way that you’re not reviewing every single photo you take until you go through the camera later; you just let it do its thing and go. It has its shortcomings and for what it is I do think it’s too expensive, at least for me, but I can see some real value here for families once you get to know it. The camera is very compact - it’s about 2 inches wide by 2 inches tall and about an inch thick. It comes with a rubber case that has the clip built-in. The clip feels solid and is pretty easy to open and attach to things. It also allows the camera to stand on its own on a table or the floor. There’s one button on the camera for manually taking photos; most everything else is done through the app. Setting up through the app was dead simple and about as easy as any other Google product. Using the camera requires a little bit of faith and experimentation. You twist the lens and it will automatically start looking for pictures to take. The lens a very wide 130 degrees and I found that most pictures don’t look very good unless you get right up to whatever/whoever your focusing on. It’s an odd feeling not know when it has taken a photo or how they look - the camera will flash its LED to let you know it’s on, but I don’t think it does anything to indicate when it’s recording something. I think the main reason is it takes A LOT of pictures and videos. You do end up with some garbage, but buried in there are just some of the best pictures. When I say best I don’t mean image quality - I’d put that on par with a phone from maybe a year or two ago - they’re just the type of pictures you’d have a really hard time getting by yourself. I swear our dog knows when we’re trying to take a picture of him and we’ve gotten some of our favorite pictures with the Clips. It’s not completely hands off; if you just leave it looking out into the room most of your pictures are going to look like security camera footage, but as long as you have a general idea of what you want it to see and help position it for that you’re going to get a least a few good pictures. The photos and videos all live on the local camera storage until you save or delete them from the app, which is good peace of mind knowing everything isn’t being automatically streamed to the cloud. The videos are short and don’t have any sound. They’re longer than something like a Live photo on the iPhone, but they only go up to 7 seconds. Battery life is also relatively short at around 2-3 hours, though I never used the Clips long enough for that to really be an issue. The onboard storage is 16GB (not expandable), which also feels perfectly adequate as long as you’re getting on there and saving/deleting things enough. One issue I ran into is the Clips can only be paired to one phone at a time. I’m not sure why this is, but in order to connect to a new phone you have to reset the entire thing, which clears all the pictures you haven't save. It makes sharing this with a partner a pain. As much as I love the Clips, I don’t think we’re going to see another one, at least not in its current state. It feels niche like an Instax camera, but it’s too expensive to be an impulse buy. It feels like a beta for something better that’s yet to come, but for the right person I do feel like this could be a godsend. It certainly surprised me.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good for use at home but freaks other people outPosted .
Google Clips is a neat little camera. It's about as tall as a credit card and 2/3 the size of a credit card in width. It weighs just two ounces and comes with a clip so you can wear it on your shirt collar or attach it anywhere you like. It recharges with a USB-C type charger, which is included. Once you turn it on, you can either manually take short video clips by pressing the button or you can let it take its own clips when it thinks there is someone of interest in the shot. A nice feature is that it will right the picture no matter which way you have the camera oriented. So if the camera is sideways, the video will still be right side up. The only caveat to that is that if the camera isn't oriented either straight up, down, left or right, the resulting video will be tilted slightly. You can later fix this in the Google Clips free smartphone app's built-in editor, but it will zoom the picture and you'll lose some of the outer parts of the clip. The video clips last about 7 seconds each and are in color but with no sound. Clips is perfect for setting somewhere to capture your pets or children in the moment, not posed. Clips captures video, not still images, but you can get still images from any video clip in the Clips editor, which is another nice feature. When you take this out in public, people tend to get a little freaked out. People generally don't like to be filmed when they don't know they're being filmed, so if you wear this to a party or just anywhere in public, you're bound to get some leery glares, if not comments; so beware of that. Viedos are stored internally on the Clips and nothing is sent to the cloud, so you don't have to worry about leaked videos in that sense. That said, the videos do get sent to your app on your smartphone, so there is potential there for them to get hacked. The only way for you to view your videos is through the app. Overall I'd say this is a pretty neat little gadget that's great for people with young children and/or pets. Just set it and forget it and wait for those adorable video clips to pour on in.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good innovation, little purpose with no optionsPosted .
My initial thoughts when I first heard about the Google Clips were the idea seemed innovative and could come in handy in certain situations. So, of course, I had to have it like any tech geek would, especially since most of the products I already use are Google based. However, when I received it, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to use it for and was at a loss for ideas in my everyday life. Let me start off by saying the quality of the camera it what you would expect from Google (meaning great), the clips it takes are great like their Pixel cell phone cameras, it’s easy to use, very simple to understand and conveniently small and lightweight. I also like that the application syncs with your current Google Photos to determine who, in your life, is most important to you and to take clips of those people when it detects their faces. However, the cons far outweigh its use for my life, even with little children and animals; I found it’s just as easy to point and click with what you already have in your pocket like we’ve been used to for the past decade. There is much room for improvement and I like the concept, I just wish there were more options for its use. I found myself trying to think up situations where it would come in handy and I could get the most picture "bang for my buck". So, I started off small by setting it on my kitchen table during dinner hoping to catch an epic fail moment or something that would start trending on social media… nope, just a regular family dinner as usual. I got plenty of clips of my daughter making a mess of her meal, as usual, and found that it would be really nice to actually hear what was going on, not just seeing a three second clip. Then I decided to take it to a friend’s child’s birthday party but after I arrived thought it would be awkward clipping this thing on my body in hopes for another great family moment or trending video… nope, just a bunch more three second clips of regular everyday life moments. Next, I set it by my pool to capture the fam in the water… except I’m usually the one behind the camera and realized after viewing clips why I’m still insecure about being in pictures myself as I tend to ruin them; my family is much more photogenic. Again, more and more three second clips. Okay, this sounded like a great innovative idea but perhaps not in my world. The best part about it was that I no longer felt obligated to have my cell phone camera at the ready and this little guy took more clips than I would have ever considered taking in any situation. You do have the opportunity to review the clips before saving them, and the application is very user friendly and easy to set up; swipe one way to save the clip and the other way to delete it. The device has on board memory so you don’t have to worry about having your phone around you at all time and once you’re back in range of the phone it will upload the clips. A few improvements I would like to see are the option for sound, the option to take single pictures or record longer than three second videos, a small built in screen for reviewing clips and waterproofing would be a start to compete with what is out there for small cameras. Any option for accessories, like a waterproof housing, would be great too; there really isn’t anything aftermarket that serves much of a purpose.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Creative little camera with a powerful purposePosted .
Over the past couple of years, I’ve had a lot of experience with connected cameras. I have a natural attraction to them because they can be used for so many different things. I typically use them for security and monitoring my home but Google has actually come up with a new idea for these connected devices — personal memories. The Google Clips camera is designed to be worn so that you can continue capturing memories without having to interrupt your activities. Getting started with the Google Clips camera is actually incredibly easy. First, you want to make sure that the camera is charged. When I unboxed mine, it was not charged and therefore I had trouble getting it to work. After discovering that power was the issue, I didn’t have many problems. Once the camera is charged you only need to download the Google Clips app and connect to your camera. To set it up you will press the button on the front of the camera so that the app will read it. Once it detects a Google Clips camera, the ID code will show up in a menu. You select it and then that camera is connected to your phone. A Clips camera can only be connected to one phone at a time. And, even though the camera doesn’t require a network for general operation, it will ask to connect to WiFi to make sure that its software is up to date. Once the camera is up to date, you can then start using it. A simple twist of the lens and the camera starts capturing camera clips. The nice thing about these ‘clips’ is that they are simple. Each clip is a motion photo that lasts several seconds. There is no audio recorded but you do get high-quality photos and video. I have been unable to find what the actual resolution is of the video/motion images but a still image translates to 2566 x 1859 and downloads as a JPEG. While I like the concept of this device overall, I do see some issues with it. First, it’s not capturing actual video. It’s recording the equivalent of a Live Photo from Apple, which is a combination of a JPEG and a 3-second MOV file. In this case, the motion is captured as H.264. I found out though that you cannot simply save the memory off to your desktop. For example, I took a clip using the Google camera and then I saved it to my iPhone’s Camera Roll. At this point, the clip showed up as a Live Photo. Then, I tried to share it with myself using AirDrop. Unfortunately, the clip was reduced to a still image at this point. I did share it with myself using iCloud Photo Sharing and could still view it as a Live Photo in my Photos Library but again, I could not export it as a motion file. Conclusion I’m a little confused about this tiny camera’s purpose. When I started out on this review, I thought I had found a gem that could possibly be a supplement for my video equipment needs. What it turned out to be was a camera that replicates what my iPhone does with Live Photos. Because of this discovery, I’m just not sure what the best use is of this camera. I like the idea that it will continue recording clips even when you aren’t clicking a shutter button and I know that is useful for capturing memories especially around little ones but I don’t like that you can’t save those motion images any further than a photo library.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Cool little camera packed with Tech but ...Posted .
So I'm the new owner of Google Clips. I'm a tech nerd (hence the name), tech enthusiast and camera appreciator that will jump on the chance to try almost anything camera related. I own DSLRs in the $2K range and below so I'm always look at not just specs but also usability, functionality and practicality of a camera. Google Clip is a little camera with intelligence and learning AI used to capture life's little moments. (I'm paraphrasing) I really got it because I thought it was a great idea. A camera with an AI that learns the about you and the people you with recognizing faces and also framing or certain lighting conditions where if you had a regular camera you'd be getting ready to take a picture. Well Google Clips also everyone to be in the picture, kinda like having your own personal photographer. That's what I got from their marketing. So Google Clips is a really cool idea, Google says it captures Motion photos (JPEGs with embedded MP4s), MP4 (NO audio), GIF, JPEG. Make sure you set which format you want. Remember there is no audio for any of the formats which is a bummer. The Motion photos is a bit tricky if you don't have the right viewing app or too. Google says it's best used with Google Photos. Although Google doesn't officially post any photo/video specs, I found my JPGs were at 3078x1952 pixels and the MP4 were output at 1540x976 pixels. The camera itself has an f2.4 aperture lens which I tested in a low light out door bbq and it worked well with little lighting. Google Clips has an internal 16gb which is plenty of room and Google claims 3 hours of use before having to charge again. I wasn't able to verify that I was able to use it for 3 hours but it came really close since I forgot to charge it the night before and began use at 75% charge. Right out of the box, you get Google Clips, case/stand and a USB-C cable and of course your instruction manuals. I'm somewhat of a videographer so set Google Clips to record at the highest quality and also fast frame rate, out of the box it's set at a lower frame rate to save space but I found the movements not really to my liking and usable for making home videos. So if you're like me make sure you play and change the setting to suite your taste. Since Google clips doesn't record audio I like using it for B roll videos where I can stick non-audio clips from another camera other then my main camera into a video I'm making to help keep the video interesting. I think this is a great idea and awesome way to capture video of which you might just not want to always pull out your cellphone camera and hit the record button. If any there was a way to get audio.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
A tool for capturing those special pictures.Posted .
Taking Google Clips out of its box you might think its a Duplo Lego accessory. It’s got that soft, but unbreakable, plastic look and feel, in a perfect raised square . . . but with a lens on the face of one side! Not a play block at all, but an actual camera. When you plug it in for charging using the USB-C port, you realize it’s got electronics inside. The giveaway is a trio of blinking lights. These indicate when you snap a manual photo. In its more usual application Google Clips is designed to be used as a stand alone video camera. In this use one light blinks away letting you know it’s on standby waiting for any random, interesting or special people to perform out in front of the lens. You aren’t given indication of actual picture/movie capture but it uses AI to capture 7 seconds of 1080p video which you later edit with the mobile Clips APP. You can extract individual images or use the video mp4 or create a GIFs from your capture, all using only the APP. How did it all work? The camera definitely stayed busy when placed in front of active people working in a kitchen and in an exercise area. The resulting photos and videos covered a wide range of quality. Many videos were a little soft because of motion blur. Still pictures were similarly soft or out-right blurred. And yet, there were a selection of fairly sharp videos and stills in the extensive collection Google Clips provides after an event. Having a 3rd “hand” with a camera always at the ready is not a bad thing. The APP is easy to use and you decide what pictures to edit and then send off to your photo or video library. Use on my iPhone6 and the hand-off to my Photo APP was seamless. What’s it good for? Have you got youngsters and pets? I’ll bet many people will find that Google Clips is more persistent and reliable at taking those exciting, fun, wonderful pictures your friends or family always seem to have but you keep missing. The device has a snug silicon case which serves as a stand or clip for attaching it to things. You will not want to use it for security or travel because there are too many limitations for those purposes. The battery has approximately 3 hours of life before recharging, and the auto-capture technology is really looking for faces or pets. Recommendation: Goggle Clips really is that 3rd “hand.” I’m betting your current smart phone/camera can take better pictures, but only you know if you can be trusted to pull it out at those family and special events. For me, it’s less useful, so the cost is harder to justify. Your calculation might be different. Considering the high number of soft images, I’m lowering the score to 3.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Clips Brings AI to Casual PhotographyPosted .
Clips is a groundbreaking camera, offering Artificial Intelligence to guide video & photo capturing. I brought Clips to a restaurant with 6 friends & balanced it on top of a ketchup bottle, to get it at face level. Rotate the ring around the lens 1/4 turn to the right to activate the camera. Enjoy the venue & let the camera learn the situation & decide when to take videos & photos. Results: Clips captured a lot of smiles! Simply put, if you broke into a big smile or laugh, Clips captured your photo! Most images were sharp and clear, at 1080P resolution. A few of the 17 images were blurred. These appear to have blurred the individuals who were sitting next to the camera - they were too close to produce clear motion. Clips does not capture sound. I pressed the white button below the lens to manually capture several still photos at the table. These still images came out tack sharp, with clarity near Smart Phone quality. Bottom line: AI is the future in cameras, available today from Google in Clips. It is based on a forward thinking AI concept. There is plenty of room to improve Clips. Initial decisions of which images to capture appear to be made based simply upon movement & smiles. As Clips learns familiar faces, better decisions on which scenes to capture are likely. I recommend Clips as a fun camera to add capability to your camera arsenal.I would recommend this to a friend
Q: Questioncan you record movies? quality? audio?
Asked by gabakusa.
- A:Answer Hello. I recently reviewed this product. This device does not have a microphone, so it cannot record audio. The quality of the images is great but performs poorly in dark rooms. The file formats to choose from are live photo (iPhone), .MP4 (7 second limitation, no audio), and .GIF.
Answered by Trobadour