Google’s surprise camera is Google Clips
One camera on the Pixel 2 wasn't enough, so Google's also launching the standalone Google Clips camera.
At its launch event for the Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel 2 XL, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Google Daydream VR and Google Pixel Buds, the search giant took a page out of the Apple playbook with one last surprise product reveal. That was Google Clips, a standalone camera designed around AI to automatically capture photos that you might not otherwise think to take. The Clips camera has a 12MP sensor with a 130 degree field of vision, with the ability to export stills, animations or video. There's no onboard microphone, however, so whatever you capture will be quite silent.
Google's claim is that the battery in the tiny Clips camera can run for up to three hours. It's compatible with the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, as well as Samsung's Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge Android phones, and Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Google's pitch for Clips is that it respects privacy via looking like a camera and featuring indicator lights to make it clear when it's taking a photo. All of the learning that the Clips camera does stays on the device, according to Google.
Google Clips will retail in the US for US$249, with Australian availability not specifically noted at the launch event. Given every other noted launch product except the Google Home Max is now listed in the local Google online store, we may be in for some wait for Google Clips.