So the Qlippie is a small, wearable camera that shoots HD video — not unlike the Narrative Clip 2 or SnapCam. The big idea is that you can clip it onto your clothes or jacket or bag stop and let it capture what you’re experiencing hands-free. It’s a cool premise that I’m personally really interested in because it seems like a great way to do more first-hand living rather than experiencing events through your photos or videos later on.
The Qlippe is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but still it’s large enough that people will almost certainly notice it when you’re wearing it. True to it’s name, there’s a clip on the back that lets you attach to things.
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It can be a little tricky knowing what side is up, but it’s the side with the power button on top. Other than the power button, there are two other buttons: one for switching shooting modes (between video, time-lapse, slow-mo or photo) and one for entering pairing or syncing mode since Qlippie comes with it’s own app.
On the side you’ll also find a mic and a mini-USB port as well.
One interesting thing about the Qlippie is that you can skin it with some included stickers. Personally I could care less about those and don’t really love any of the designs. Actually I really like the plain white look of the Qlippie right out of the box.
In terms of build quality, the Qlippie actually feels really solid. It doesn’t feel cheap and it seems like something that could last for quite awhile. That said, I wouldn’t recommend dropping it on a hard surface because that could definitely scuff it up.
So using the Qlippie is an interesting experience. This is a camera you would use when you want to experience something without having to dig around for your phone. It would be cool if there was a lanyard option that would let you wear the Qlippie around your neck because you don’t always have a jacket or messenger bag on when you want to record something and Qlippie doesn’t really attach to a t-shirt very well unless you have a pocket of some sort. I do really like that it comes with an attachment that will let you mount it on a tripod or gorillapod, though!
So how about that image quality?
Well to be frank your phone is almost certainly going to take better photos and video — probably by a long shot. Qlippie’s images tend to be very noisy and I’ve seen some prominent issues with exposure while shooting videos where the picture snaps back and forth between light and dark with no gradation almost like the sensor is kind of confused, even indoors. I’ve also gotten some distortion on fast moving objects.
Time lapses seem to look pretty decent with the Qlippie though I’m a bit disappointed slow-mo only works at 720p.
Without a doubt Qlippie’s footage looks best when the camera is stationary. Otherwise shots just aren’t all that smooth.
But again, this camera is about capturing moments you otherwise wouldn’t, and in that context, ya, it’s useful and I definitely see a role for it to play.
I could see students really loving this camera and I think it would be killer for taking on vacations.
The Qlippie app is pretty basic but also well designed. There’s no clutter or bloatware but there are a few gripes.
First, I don’t love how you have to connect to the Qlippie via WiFi every time you want to use it with the app. Turning on the WiFi mode and connecting to Qlippie’s network get’s a bit old. To be fair, you don’t have to connect to the app to use Qlippie — you can just record and check out the footage later, but it’s nice to see a preview of what you’re shooting.
And speaking of the preview, it’s a bit choppy, but it gets the job done. Which reminds me: Qlippie has another cool feature: it can broadcast live!
In the Qlipie app you can see what you’ve shot already and switch between modes. You can also share your content directly from the app. But if you’ve got a lot of content to transfer from Qlippie, you’d be much better off hooking it up to your computer for a faster transfer — otherwise sharing can be almost painfully slow.
So this is a fun little camera. It costs $130 and if you’re looking for a small wearable camera