At the recent HTC Double Exposure Event, HTC launched the HTC RE camera. The HTC RE camera is a new accessory that’s like the GoPro action cameras. The HTC RE camera is shaped like a periscope and can operate independently. HTC’s RE camera is geared for normal people folks, and it’s not going to compete with the GoPro range of cameras.
The HTC RE camera has good specs. You have a microphone on the top, a tripod mount, an LED indicator, and a speaker under the slow-motion button. You also get a Micro SD card slot covered by a watertight flap. The RE camera connects with an app on your smartphone. You can use your smartphone to back-up your pictures and/or videos, as a remote viewfinder, or change settings.
The smartphone app will help you to make time-lapse videos. You’ve also got live broadcasting, so YouTube users can record live events as it happens. Live broadcasting will depend on your smartphone’s 3G or 4G abilities.
The RE Camera uses Bluetooth LE to connect with your smartphone, and makes use of Wi-Fi Direct to transfer files. The RE Camera, basically, has a IPx7 water-resistance and dust-resistance rating. You can purchase an additional waterproof cap to change it to IPx8.
The RE Camera will be available in the US later in October 2014. The RE Camera is currently priced at $200 in the US and would be available in white, teal, dark blue, and orange colors, the HTC RE Camera is currently compatible with Android 4.3 and iOS7 devices.
HTC RE Camera Specifications
- 16 MP (f/2.8 aperture) Images
- 1/2.3” CMOS Sensor
- 96.7 x 26.5 mm
- 65.5 Grams
- 1080p / 30fps Video
- 4x slow-motion 720p Video
- Time-Lapse Recording
- 146-Degree Wide-Angle Lens
- IPx7 water-resistance rating
- IPx7 dust-resistance rating
- 840 mAh Battery
The RE Camera has two buttons. One is the shutter button to take pictures or long-press to take video recordings. The other button is for slow-motion video recording.
The RE Camera has no power button as it is always-on, so you can take pictures in an instant. HTC’s RE Camera can start up and take pictures in just 1.5 seconds. The RE Camera has sensors in it to tell when a person is holding it. These sensors tell the RE Camera whether it is inside a backpack or purse or in a person’s hand.
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