Taiwan's HTC may be synonymous for its high-end smartphones, but the company recently entered the camera market, with a strange looking device, dubbed Re.
HTC Re, a small standalone camera, which somewhat reminds us of a piece of PVC piping. No doubt, it's certainly looks different from a normal portable camera.
HTC aims to market its Re as a fun camera. The 16MP device, which can record videos in 1080p, is four inches tall and the cylinder design means it's easy to grip.
In other words, the basic idea behind this action camera is that you no longer need to look at the smartphone screen when capturing precious moments. The camera's one-handed operation and its ability to shoot slow-motion and time-lapse videos, are some valid reasons to consider owning the HTC Re.
The HRT Re is priced at $199 or about Rs. 12,000. There's no word yet on an international release, although the fact that HTC intends to release the device in the U.S later this month.
Everyone's talking about the HTC Re camera. Surely there are some reasons to get the new HTC Re camera but here are our top 10.
This is the argument that's been most prevalent for quite some time. Smartphones are supposedly designed to be used with one hand, but you know how difficult is to hold the device to shoot a video. The HTC Re is designed in such a way so that you stop watching your smartphone screen every time when shooting a video. That's why there is no screen or even a viewfinder.
The device has touch sensors built-in to it, so the camera automatically turns on. It even doesn't have a power button. All you need to pick it up, and it turns on automatically
Unlike many portable cameras, the HTC Re is rugged in nature. The IP57 rating stands for ruggedness, which means the camera is waterproof to 1 meter (3.3 feet) for up to 30 minutes. That also means you don't require purchasing special waterproof casing.
Android and iOS compatible
HTC's Re camera is a modern day gadget. It doesn't require a PC to transfer videos or images. Well the Re camera connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.0. The companion app (Android and iOS compatible) can also be used to remotely control the camera, acting as a wireless viewfinder.
Since the Re camera has a wide-angle lens you don't need to have it in front of your face and it easily includes all that you're looking at, so there are no worries about framing a shot. This has to be its biggest feature.
The HTC Re has a dedicated slow-motion button, which lets you recording normal videos at 1080p at 30 frames per second. Users can even record video in a slow-motion mode (720p at 120 frames per second).
To store images or videos, the Re camera has an 8GB of native storage, which further can be expand via a microSD card slot up to 128GB.
The good thing about the Re camera is that it is compatible with standard camera mounts and HTC's own set of accessories, including neck-straps, headband mount among others.
Real-Time Video Live Streaming
In the near future, Re will offer real-time video streaming to YouTube, allowing users to share events in their lives. The company also plans to open up the camera software API and SDK to developers for applications.
Not all smartphones are remarkable at shooting time-lapse video. Basically, time-lapse is a photography technique used to make motion movie footage using a stills camera. HTC Re has an ability to shoot time-lapse videos. This is awesome! Does your smartphone have this feature built-in?