Finally, HTC has made its “special” announcement by taking the wraps off the RE camera, a standalone digital camera priced at $199 (approximately Rs 12,150). It has been designed to take quick photos and videos. While the device has been hitting headlines as the GoPro-killer, HTC claims otherwise. According to the company, it isn’t aimed at extreme sports action camera, but designed for every day use.
From the looks of it, it doesn’t look like a GoPro camera and appears to be more of a smartphone accessory. Here are five things you need to know about the RE Camera:
1. RE Camera comes with a minimalistic design, almost resembling a periscope or an asthma pipe, which is quite different from the GoPro design. Unlike the GoPro, it looks cute and can be easily tucked into pockets. The RE has two buttons – one on the front and other on the back. Besides, there’s no display, viewfinder or graphical user interface. All of this is replaced with LED indicators to alert users about the functions and usability.
2. Another interesting feature is how you switch it on and off. You won’t find a power button and the device automatically turns on when you pick it. If you are wondering about the two buttons on the device – a slow-mo button has been embedded on the front and the shutter button on the back. HTC RE features a 16-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide angle fixed-focus lens, having a viewing angle of 146-degrees, that can capture 1080p HD videos at 30 fps. It can also capture slow motion 720p videos at 120 fps.
3. You can pair the RE Camera with HTC’s app on an iPhone or Android phone to transfer images and video over Wi-Fi or use the phone as a remote viewfinder and set up time-lapses.
3. HTC doesn’t limit RE Camera to its own product lineup. It is compatible with Android as well as iOS smartphones. One needs to pair it with the RE Camera app to transfer images and video over Wi-Fi. One can also use the phone as a remote viewfinder and set up time-lapses.
4. Going by the latest fad of colourful devices, HTC has dipped the RE Camera in orange, blue, teal and white colours.
5. Lastly, it is powered by an 820mAh battery that promises to shoot up to 1 hour and 40 minutes of 1080p videos or around 1,200 still images. HTC has bundled an 8GB microSD card, but the device supports cards up to 128GB.