HTC, the smartphone and tablet maker, has introduce RE, an action camera with an interesting design and a device that is not meant to compete against the GoPro series.
The rumor mill has been fairly certain that HTC is working on an action camera for a very long time. The gossip talks have just become true in the form of the HTC RE camera, which has been designed to look like a periscope.
The device is scheduled to become available in several markets by the end of October and its price tag in the US will stand at $199.99.
HTC announces RE, a compact and lightweight action camera with a periscope-like design
Lots of people have decided against purchasing a compact camera because they find that it is difficult to carry it around, because it takes too long to take it out of a bag or pocket, and because the difference in image quality when compared to a smartphone is not big enough to justify the price tag.
The decrease in compact camera sales proves that these people have decided to keep only their smartphones in their pockets, as these marvelous all-in-one devices can capture pretty good photos rather quickly.
However, HTC has come to the conclusion that it still takes too long to get a mobile phone out of your pocket to capture a photo, so the Taiwan-based company has decided to enter the digital camera market.
Its first product is called RE, it is smaller than a compact camera, it is lightweight, it is cheap, it offers good image quality, and users will be able to get it out of their pockets really quickly. As a result, you will not miss that perfect moment ever again, says HTC.
HTC RE employs 16-megapixel sensor, wide-angle f/2.8 lens, and video recording support
The HTC RE camera features a 16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch-type image sensor that captures 16MP stills and full HD movies with support for slow-motion videos and time-lapse photography.
This device does not have a zoom lens. Instead it comes with a fixed wide-angle lens with a 146-degree field-of-view and f/2.8 aperture.
Its specs list also includes a speaker, pre-installed 8GB microSD card (expandable up to 128GB), built-in microphone, and an LED indicator.
There are only two buttons on this camera, one for taking photos and videos and the other one aimed at accessing the slow-motion mode. When pressed once, the first button captures a photo, and when pressed longer, it starts recording a video.
HTC has not added a power button because the RE camera will be always-on and always ready to capture a photo or a video.
Waterproof and dustproof HTC RE camera to be released in October 2014 for about $200
HTC RE can be connected to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth LE technology. However, if you want to remotely trigger its shutter, to transfer files, or to perform other actions, then the camera will connect to a mobile device via WiFi Direct technology.
This shooter is waterproof and dustproof and its rugged capabilities can be expanded with the help of a cap that can be purchased separately. Despite this fact, HTC says that the RE is meant for people who want a quick photo or a selfie, while extreme adventurers should stick with their GoPro cameras.
Some say it looks like a periscope, while others have called it a pipe, door handle, or an inhaler for people who suffer from asthma.
Overall, most people agree that it looks kind of cute, so it remains to be seen whether or not it will be able to attract numerous customers when it becomes available this October for a price of $199.99.