Google Clips, the firm’s highly intriguing AI-based camera, designed to work without a photographer, has gone on sale in the United States.
The lightweight autonomous camera is up for pre-orders at $249 and delivery is expected in the first couple of days of March.
Announced at the firm’s Pixel 2 event in October, Clips learns the faces that are important to you and takes pictures based on its own knowledge.
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So you can place it in a spot at a party, or while the kids are playing in the garden and, in theory, it’ll take loads of great snaps automatically.
It’ll wait for smiles and wagging pet tails, while the Moment IQ alogrithm also includes knowledge of good framing and lighting conditions. It takes 15fps photos, has a 130-degree field of view and the lens is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
The best Clips, which include photos and short animations, are delivered to the companion app, where you can save individual frames as hi-resolution photos.
At just 59.5g Clips can be attached to clothing or inanimate objects like soccer goals or trampolines. While the idea is that you leave it in a single spot and return to review the footage, it also has a manual shutter button.
Right now smartphone compatibility is limited. The company says: “Google Clips app on a compatible mobile device (Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S7, or Galaxy S8) running Android 7.0 Nougat or greater (iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X) and iOS 10 or greater.”
There’s no news yet on when Clips will hit the UK, but Google usually gives the US first dibs on emerging products for the first few months. We’ll keep you posted.
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