Wearable cameras can be fun and useful, but it seems GoPro is the only one really capitalizing on that market right now. It’s about time a good competitor rises and it seems HTC has a winner.
Enter the HTC RE, a wearable camera that works and looks unlike any other. It features a cylindrical shape that fits perfectly into your hand. The overall experience is meant to liberate you from focusing on the camera, as opposed to the experience.
HTC RE specs
- 16 MP 1/2.3-inch sensor
- 146° (f/2.8) ultra-wide angle lens
- 8 GB microSD card included (can expand up to 128 GB)
- 1080p @ 30 fps video
- 720p 4x slow motion video
- Time-lapse video recording
- HD microphone
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE, WiFi, microUSB, 1/4-inch tripod connection
- IP57 certification
- 820 mAh battery (1 hour and 40 minutes of continuous recording)
“Once people get a RE in their hands, they won’t want to put it down. This is everybody’s opportunity to get out from behind the lens and start living in the moment again.” -Peter Chou, HTC CEO
Design and functionality
The device can be easily held, making for a seamless recording experience that really doesn’t take you away from the moment. All you need to do is point the lens in the general direction of what you want to record.
The only button you see is that large silver shutter release on top. You can easily use it to take still images by clicking it, or press and hold to initiate video. It’s simple and friendly. And yes, you can take it underwater! Thanks to its IP57 certification, the device can go underwater (1 meter for up to 30 minutes) with you.
Because it can also work with the Android and iOS apps, it’s just as easy to share your images and videos with the world. The camera can back your content up to the device or the cloud, making it easy for you to share away.
Of course, you can also use the app as a viewfinder. Just in case you really want to get that frame right.
And of course, no wearable camera can go without a good set of accessories. HTC is releasing some great accessories you can pair with the HTC RE to make for a great recording experience. You didn’t think you were supposed to hold it all the time, right?
Price and availability
Sadly, we have no details on pricing, but we know the HTC RE will become available starting late October. It’s success will highly depend on the price, but I can say I really like this little camera.
It’s fun, good-looking and super easy to operate. I will have to see more on picture/video quality before making a decision, though.