It’s an inhaler… It’s a periscope… It’s the HTC RE!
It captures breathtaking photos/HD videos, and it’s waterproof!
“Is that a camera?”
That’s the first question from everybody when I roaming around events like Comic Fiesta 2014, friend’s wedding actual day and social gathering, pretty much everywhere! Even the Mamak’s chef shows his interest!
There’re these 10 things that HTC got it right on the HTC Re.
1) The Design
An upside-down inhaler, submarine’s periscope, a PVC waterpipe~
The tube-shape and bright coloured design is indeed a curiosity-magnet, designed to look fun, cute and gets people to poke fun of the look with.
Made to be use single-handed-ly, small lightweight to fit in my hand, but never feels like it’s going to slip out of my grasp. A big silver button to shoot a photo in a short press and long press for video capture. Another button in front for instant “Slow-Motion mode”, and that’s all the buttons it has!
Ever get annoyed in an event by participants who took photos using big DSLRs, big video cameras, big phones, big tablets and even long selfie sticks, that average “Uncle Bob” most photographers/videographers hate? With the HTC RE, you shoot almost in the shadow, like a NINJA.
It’s ready for action right after you grab it! You won’t find any power button on the RE. Turning it off is totally unnecessary!
Really handy for people who loves to take quick snapshots. It’s so handy, I left my other phone camera out cold most of the time. (Sorry, HTC Desire EYE)
Get action anywhere, get action underwater too!
IPX-7 certified, it’s able to dive 1 meters deep into the water for 30 minutes, right out of the box, without a casing! Oh, cover flap for that USB charging port not needed!
Going even deeper? Attach the optional HTC Re waterproof cap (comes with HTC Re Protection Pack), get instant upgrade to IPX-8 protection! 3 meters deep in the water for 120 minutes!
5) 146 degree Wide-Angle lens!
Taking a shot without a viewfinder might need some time to get used to, but when you get a hold of it, it’s MAGICAL. The field of view is so wide, you feel like you can capture the whole world with it!
Taking a selfie? Just AWESOME.
Taking a self-group-photo? Get ALL your friends, I MEAN ALL into your shots, you’ll be surprise how many people you can fit in using only the HTC Re!
6) Easy to use
Saw an epic moment? Just hold it up, aim and press the button to shoot, it’s that easy. Never get distracted by viewfinders and LCDs, LIVE-IN-THE-MOMENTS!
But be warn, because of the easy to use nature, it will turn you into a selfie-addict too!
7) Android and iOS compatible
The companion RE app is supported on both Android and iOS! Just download the HTC RE app from Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
But don’t get me wrong here, the HTC Re works STANDALONE!
8) Slow Motion & Time-lapse Video
Watch your dog ran for their food and your cat’s silly jump from one table to another in slow-mo, make a time-lapse of you drive to a destination, or that awesome sunset outside of your hotel windows when you travel!
*Do switch to 720p for better viewing experience*
There’re some official accessories already made available for HTC Re. Bar Mount, Clip-On mount, Charging Stand which doubles as a time-lapse stand, suction mount and RE Protection Pack which comes with 4-piece kit includes a waterproof-enhancing cap, protective lens cap, and neck and wrist lanyards.
Have a cool camera tripod lay around? The HTC Re has a standard camera screw mount for that. Ever feel like get it higher up with a Quadcopter? Making a weird DIY stand for your creative shots? there’s UNLIMITED possibilities to mount it!
10) Updates and more features
More features will come to the camera thru software and hardware updates.
HTC mentioned that they will launch a Open SDK for 3rd party developers, which opens up even more features for people to explore.
Update : Shortly after my review, the live streaming via YouTube was launched, which enables real-time live broadcasting from the HTC Re.
Most of them are straight out of camera. (Some has some contrast adjusted)
Comic Fiesta 2014
A shout out to my friend @Neo Vilson Wong who took my HTC Re for a spin at Comic Fiesta 2014! :D