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Google unveils new Clips camera

Google unveils new Clips camera

You can connect to your phone to check what you've got. There's also a shutter button-both on the camera and in the corresponding app-so you can capture other moments or subjects, whatever you please. Yes, there's auto-focus alongside an f/2.4 lens with 130-degree capture angles, Bluetooth LE, USB-C, and we're promised three hours of "smart capture" - that's where Google will use its AI skills to discern well-defined, interesting images. In addition to this, the camera learns over time to take pictures of selected people.

Google is introducing a new wireless camera you don't have to mess with.

Google Clips is coming soon to the US only for $249US. The camera uses something called Machine IQ, which (per Google) is "a machine learning algorithm that's smart enough to recognize great expressions, lighting and framing".

'Just like any point-and-shoot, nothing leaves your device until you decide to save it and share it'.

Payne says that the phone's middleman role is meaningful, and stems only partially from technical issues such as battery life.

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The device is designed for families, since you miss so many moments when your hands are full. It will take short videos which you can trim into GIFs or you can freeze-frame into a picture at the ideal moment.

These clips sync wirelessly to the Google Clips app for Android and iOS, and Google Photos users can back up unlimited photos for free.

As with everything announced at the Pixel 2 launch event, Google was at pains to emphasise just how much "machine learning" goes on inside the Google Clips camera.

In this first edition, Clips is designed specifically with parents and pet owners in mind.