Snap's latest Spectacles can shoot photos as well as videos

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The revamped Spectacles are exclusively available on a dedicated website for $150 - $20 more than the first version. There's also the whole idea that it will be much more hard for those companies to copy hardware ideas than it is simply adding a new feature like stories.

Beyond video clips, the new Spectacles let you take quick photos as well, by holding your finger down on the frame with a "long press", vs. a quick click for video.

The new Spectacles are touted as "hands-free", but you must, of course, use your hand to begin recording; it's not voice-activated. The battery size has remained the same and Spectacles can be recharged in their case up to four times before the case itself needs to be recharged. Major changes include the ability to snap photos and record video in HD. The glasses are available in a variety of colors including Ruby (Red), Sapphire (Blue) and Onyx (Black).

Spectacles first launched in late 2016, with the company using vending machines that would randomly show up throughout the United States as to lone means to get a pair of glasses.

First, it created a slimmer design to fit more easily in a trousers pocket, with a noticeably smaller case for easy storage in the bag.

In order to better deliver the Snapchat Spectacles 2, the company refined the current model in three different ways based off of employee and consumer complaints. Originally launched in September 2016, the first-generation Spectacles were not a financial success for Snap.

Users now have the option to capture 10-second video clips (extendable to 30-seconds) or, for the first time, still photos.

Whether customers will take to Snapchat's new Spectacles more than the first-generation model, however, is anyone's guess. Those that are looking for a prescription version will be happy to know that now that is a possibility and will be offered through Lensabl for an additional $125. The glasses also come equipped with two microphones to capture more natural sound.

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