Google’s Clips camera is now ready to snap your ‘big moments and little ones’

Google’s Clips smart camera is now available. Unveiled in October, the diminutive device was previously priced at $249 via the company’s online store and also from Best Buy, B&H, and Verizon, but now, it’s taken a price cut and can be yours for $199. This price still includes free shipping and a removable Clip stand.

Extras sold alongside Clips include the Incipio mount case and tripod priced at $15, and the Incipio carrying case, also costing $15. But now that you’re getting what seems to be a permanent $50 discount, you may want to spring for these extras.

If the whole Clips thing passed you by, it’s basically a tiny camera that you attach to objects around the home, leaving it to periodically and automatically snap shots of you and anyone else as you go about your day. That may creep some of you out, but watch Google’s ad (above) and you’ll see it’s all sweetness and light, with happy families’ hijinks recorded to Clips’ internal storage so you can enjoy them again later.

The interesting part is that Clips is powered by an artificial intelligence engine that recognizes “great expressions, lighting, and framing,” and improves with use. It also learns your people preferences by analyzing which images you save the most. Over time, its shutter will fire more often when it detects the right conditions, the aim being to provide you with content you’ll want to keep.

Google’s camera, as its name suggests, creates short video-like snippets that the company calls “motion photos.” They last about seven seconds each and play without audio. You can save and share each clip, as well as pick out and save any individual frames that catch your eye. Files are stored on Clips’ 16GB of onboard storage that at launch can be transferred to a limited number of Android and iOS mobile devices.

The battery should keep Clips firing away for up to three hours, which means it could last a day or several weeks depending on what kind of action takes place in front of it.

Finally, the lens has a 130-degree field of vision and features lens occlusion detection that sends an alert to your smartphone if the lens becomes blocked by a nearby object such as Rover’s tail or a mug of coffee.

Google hopes Clips will be a hit with families, allowing everyone to be in the shot rather than Mom or Dad always disappearing because one of them is taking the picture. And there’ll be no more fiddling about with timers and trying to squeeze into an awkward-looking selfie.

Clips is definitely after those candid moments.

Updated on May 1: Google’s Clips are now $50 cheaper. 


Capture life in every direction with the best 360 cameras

While 360 cameras are still a new technology, that doesn't mean there's not a few that are worth a look. Whether you want to shoot from the middle or just need a simple, affordable option, here are the best 360 cameras on the market.

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera just isn't giving you the results you're looking for, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses - something no phone…

Starting a vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability.

The best mirrorless cameras pack all the power of a DSLR, minus the bulk

Mirrorless cameras offer a lot of photography firepower, inside a compact body. Explore the best mirrorless cameras, from the pro-level to the beginner-friendly shooters, in this guide.

From wide angle to telephoto, here are the best lenses for your Nikon DSLR

Looking for the perfect lens to pair with your Nikon DSLR? Here are Nikon's best lenses -- and a few from third-party manufacturers -- from macro to telephoto, from $220 to $2,400.

The best place to print photos online: Seven top photo labs

Have you been looking around for the best place to print out your favorite photos online? Don't fret, we've pored through dozens of options and narrowed it down to the seven best.

Brother’s new laser printers spit out prints with just a tap thanks to NFC

Seven new color laser printers carry the Brother name, as well as new features like NFC to easily print from mobile. The lineup sits between $200 and $400, and boasts faster print speeds and an updated design.

The Nixplay Iris might just make digital picture frames cool again

The digital picture frame's popularity has fizzled because of time-consuming updates and low quality -- but can a Wi-Fi connected frame change that? The Nixplay Iris is an 8-inch smart digital picture frame that wireless updates photos.

8 easy ways for you to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC

If you haven't already, you should back up your photos to a computer. Here's how to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC using third-party services and a wealth of storage devices.

These are the best camera straps you can get your hands on

Choosing the right camera strap for your needs can be a tough decision. To help sort through the junk, we've rounded up the best camera straps on the market for you to choose from.
Social Media

How to use Adobe Spark Post to spice up your social media images

Images are proven to get more likes than plain text -- but only if those images are good. Adobe Spark post is an AI-powered design program for non-designers. Here's how to use it to take your social media feeds to the next level.

18 seconds of fame: Giphy’s quirky new GIF film festival has a $10K prize

Have a knack for creating GIFs? Someone is going to win $10,000 for a video that's 18 seconds or less at the Giphy Film Festival. The new contest is set to recognize the top creator for the short micro-films in five different categories.

Google One subscriptions offer more cloud storage for low prices, other perks

Can't get enough storage on Google Drive, Photos, or Gmail? Google One is the new way to boost your cloud storage. But it's not just about more space -- Google One comes with a loads of benefits.

A turn for the better: Loupedeck+ adds custom dials, more to Lightroom console

The Loupedeck+ improves on the original Lightroom console by adding welcome customization options and introducing support for Skylum Aurora HDR. What's even better is that it does this all at an even lower price.