Narrative Clip

72
Global
Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Engadget Summary

There's an old saying that the best camera is the one you have with you, and that's what the Narrative Clip wants to be -- a camera you always have with you. This compact camera clips onto any piece of clothing while capturing photos every thirty seconds in the hope of chronicling every waking moment, both magical and mundane. And it largely succeeds at doing that, just with a few drawbacks.

For a device so small you're going to have to hedge your expectations with camera quality, especially since you can't adjust the settings. Digital Trends says the picture quality "isn't always great" and Associated Press finds the shots are "sometimes blurred and often poorly framed." This isn't great news, but as The Next Web points out, the Clip "isn't about high-level photography," it's about "capturing a flavor of your day."

The Clip is small -- small enough, in fact, that Digital Trends says "you usually don't remember it's there." This is a good thing considering you're meant to wear Clip everywhere, but there's a downside to that unobtrusiveness. CNET found orientation to be a real crap shoot, where "you know for sure ... photos will be right-side up," but it's "anyone's guess" on where it's looking. For a device that's trying to capture all of life's moments, this could actually lead to a lot of missed shots.

The Narrative Clip is one of the first devices in the world of lifelogging and mostly succeeds in its primary task of capturing random moments for you. However, while taking photos with a Narrative Clip is random and easy, a price point of $280 makes this anything but an impulse buy.

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Model

Key Specs

Type
Other
Resolution (effective)
5 megapixels

General

Type
Other

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
5 megapixels

Flash

Flash
no

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
no
Bulb mode
no
Exposure compensation
no
Histogram
no
Scene selection
no

Other features

Location support
yes (Internal)
Orientation sensor
yes
PictBridge support
no
Red-eye removal
no
Remote control
no
Self-timer
no
Speaker
no
Time lapse mode
no
Tripod mount
no
Voice notes
no
Water resistant
no

Image formats

Video recording
no

Connections

Video output
no

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
4000
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