HTC Announces Re Camera
HTC announces Re Camera; a standalone digital camera that pairs either Android or iOS Smartphones and designed to make it easier to take quick photos and videos.
HTC says the Re Camera isn’t supposed to be an extreme sports action camera and is for people that are just living normal lives.
The $199.99 Re Camera has a pared-down, minimalist design, a button on the front and a button on the back, and a couple of LED indicator lights. There’s no viewfinder, no display, and no graphical user interface. Its 16-megapixel sensor is set behind an ultra-wide angle (146-degree) fixed-focus lens and can shoot 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second or slow motion 720p video at 120 frames per second. It will be available in orange, blue, teal, and white in the US later this month.
It is small enough to slip into pocket, made of glossy plastic, which makes it a fingerprint magnet, but it’s solidly built and can be submerged under a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. HTC is also offering a range of accessories for the Re Camera, including a handlebar mount for bikes and a case for better waterproofing. There is no power button on the Re: it’s designed to turn on automatically when you pick it up. The shutter button rests under your thumb and takes pictures with a single press or starts recording video with a long press. The button on the front of the device is used to put the Re Camera into slow motion mode. There are LED lights to indicate video recording and slow motion.
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. The 820mAh battery can shoot up to 1 hour and 40 minutes of continuous 1080p video, or up to 1,200 still images before needing to be recharged. It comes with an 8GB microSD card, and it supports cards up to 128GB in capacity.
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