Last month I was given the opportunity to test out Google Clips, a wireless smart camera. Of course as someone who is always taking running pictures I was intrigued by this opportunity. I didn’t know much about the device before receiving it, but was open to giving it a try. Continue reading to learn more about Google Clips and my experience using it over the last 30 days!
Disclaimer: I was offered a 30 day trial of Google Clips in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own.
What is Google Clips?
Google Clips is a small, wireless smart camera that captures pictures automatically. It links to a phone where you can review and save pictures. There is also the option to preview a picture and choose when you want Google Clips to begin capturing a shot.
How does it work?
The device is supposed to recognize movement, or in particular, facial expressions. So this makes it ideal for taking pictures of people, preferably up close. It captures a shot for several seconds (like a video) and then you can choose one or more frames that you like.
Google Clips is hands free, so you can place it down or clip it somewhere to set it up for use. It is supposed to get better at recognizing the same faces over time.
- Live Preview with Remote Capture (you can view the preview on your phone and choose to take a shot without touching the device)
- 130–degree field of view
- Swipe to Save
- Fast Transfer to your phone (No need to be plugged in or connected to WiFi)
- 16 GB storage on Google Clips
- Easily store and share with Google Photos
I will admit that at first I was a little confused by the device and struggled a bit. The set up was easy, but it took some time to figure out how to actually get the camera to take my picture. This was probably my own fault because I was trying to take some running action shots which didn’t have my face in them. The camera recognizes faces, and that is what makes it capture a shot.
I started using it more for post-workout photos rather than running shots. Then I learned that I could actually preview a shot on my phone, click capture on my phone to make the device start recording, and then run past the device and it would record for a few seconds.
One thing I really liked about the device was the size. It’s nice and small and better than carrying your phone. However, I would still carry my phone for safety purposes when running. (Also, it helps to be able to check your phone to make sure you got a good shot).
The device comes with a clip so I was easily able to clip it to my shorts or flip belt. It would also fit into the pocket of my running shorts but may bounce around a bit.
I also found this to be a little more discreet than taking selfies with my phone. You know, when you’re out running and someone catches you running back and forth past your phone? The device is so small I doubt anyone would even see it propped up somewhere.
I also really liked some of the angles that you can get with the device. It reminded me a little of some of those fun shots I see other runners get with a GoPro. It would definitely take some more time to get better at taking advantage of that feature, and while I was using it it was more just about getting lucky with getting a good shot.
I think the biggest con is that the camera is supposed to decide when to take a picture, so it was frustrating if I thought it got a shot and it didn’t. I think the more I used it, the better I got at activating the camera, and also I think the camera got better at recognizing when it should start capturing a shot.
Also, the lighting of the pictures was a little weird. Sometimes in a good way, but sometimes they were too dark. This was probably based on where I put the device and I would probably get better about it the more I used it.
Finally, at times it felt like “one more thing” to deal with one my run. I had my phone anyway, so why not just take pictures using that?
I do think this product has a lot of potential, but there are probably better purposes for it than just running pictures. If you are someone that runs with friends and likes to take group shots, this could be a great way to do that.
I think it’s a product that you need some time to get used to. I suspect that if I used it for another few weeks I would have gotten even more comfortable with it.
[Tweet “Check out @milebymilerun ‘s review of Google Clips @Verizon #VerizonBal”]
Do you think this is a product that you would like?
What is your favorite way to take running photos?
Do you like to take group shots with friends or do you stick to running selfies?