The premise is appealing -- Google Clips is a smart camera that promises to record clips when it sees something interesting. But despite a supremely simple setup process, seamless transfer and comprehensive sharing formats, Clips’ standout feature -- artificially intelligent auto-capture -- is too unpredictable, keeping it from being truly satisfying.
- Simple setup
- Fast and seamless data transfer
- Ample onboard storage
- Tons of export options
- Durable and inoffensive design
- Unpredictable AI doesn’t always recognize interesting moments
- Questionable compatibility
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- 69AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE10 ReviewsCNET60An imperfect robot photographer for your familyIf a man wearing a Google hat walked up to me and offered footage of my child's first steps for $250, I'd pay him without a second thought. But I wouldn't trust Google Clips with that once-in-a-lifetime moment -- and that's my review in a nutshell.Wired80REVIEW: GOOGLE CLIPSWhile Google's more robust computer vision systems can recognize cars, hats, shoes, or the ocean—making images containing those things accessible via typed searches—Clips's miniaturized AI code just recognizes Timmy, Tammy, Fluffy, and Fido. Still, that leaves enough smarts to deliver on the gadget's promise: that it takes the tedium, the timing, and the guesswork out of capturing fun, shareable clips of your family.TechCrunch60Google Clips reviewThere’s appeal for parents looking to capture as many perfect moments with their kids before they get too old. And certainly plenty of pet owners need another excuse to fill their social media feeds full of adorable action shots. Clips certainly delivers as a GIF delivery service, but $249 is a steep price to pay for such novelty in an era when we’ve all got a camera within arm’s reach 24 hours a day.ZDNet80A smart camera that makes Dad proudI see the value in what Google is doing with Google Clips, and I'm firmly on board with it. I do wish the frame rate was higher, and that the picture quality was more consistent, but all-in-all, I'm happy with Google Clips.Time70Google's Tiny New Camera Uses AII could imagine Clips being helpful for parents who don’t want to miss their baby’s landmark moments because they were busy capturing them behind a camera. What’s more interesting than the product itself is what it says about cameras and how they’re getting better at understanding what’s actually happening in the world around us.Washington Post70Google's first camera isn't an evil all-seeing eyeGoogle deserves a high five for showing there’s a way to design AI-powered products that don’t require beaming data about our lives over the Internet. The risk is that could make us a little more numb if (or when) Google decides to update its terms of service and connect Clips to the cloud. Or puts out a new version that acts more like a surveillance camera.The Verge50A SMART CAMERA THAT DOESN'T MAKE THE GRADEGoogle Clips needs to justify its price, the hassle of setting it up, and the fiddling between it and my phone. It needs to reassure me that by trusting it and putting my phone away, I won’t miss anything important, and I won’t be burdened by having to deal with a lot of banal captures. Otherwise, it’s just another redundant gadget that I have to invest too much time and effort into managing to get too little in return.That’s a lot to ask of a tiny little camera, and this first version doesn’t quite get there. To live up to it all, Clips needs to be both a better camera and a smarter one.9to5Google80An expensive but fantastic way to captureI am in love with this tiny camera, but it’s hard to recommend anyone pay $249 for it. Overall, the footage looks more than decent enough, it’s small enough to just throw in a bag and take it with you, and it creates memories for you to look back on later.Refinery2980Google's New Camera Captures Spontaneous MomentsClips is an exciting look at how companies like Google are thinking about integrating machine learning into our everyday lives in a way that is fun and unusual. For a visual generation of Instagram lovers, there's a lot of potential here.USA Today60Google Clips camera can't compete with GoProOverall, Clips is a good idea, but way overpriced for what it delivers, an ultra-compact camera producing automatic clips with no sound.
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