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10 Reasons You Will Love The HTC RE Camera

It’s an inhaler… It’s a periscope… It’s the HTC RE!

It captures breathtaking photos/HD videos, and it’s waterproof! 

HTC Re Camera Front - The big 16MP wide-angle lens, slow-motion trigger button, LED status light and speaker at the bottom

HTC Re Camera Front – The big 16MP wide-angle lens, slow-motion trigger button, LED status light and speaker at the bottom.

 

“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!

Even the chef in Mamak also can't hold his curiosity, "Itu kamera ke?"

Even the chef in Mamak also can’t hold his curiosity, “Itu kamera ke?”

 

 

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!

HTC RE - Big Silver Button, short press to take a photo, long press to shoot HD video.

HTC RE – Big Silver Button, short press to take a photo, long press to shoot HD video.

 

2) Unobtrusive

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.

3) Always-on

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)

Saw a beautiful sky while you driving? Snap it!

Saw a beautiful sky while you driving? Snap it!

 

4) Waterproof

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!

HTC Re - Bottom. MicroSD card slot and the exposed USB Charging port at bottom. Don't worry, it's still IPX-7!

HTC Re – Bottom. MicroSD card slot and the exposed USB Charging port at bottom. Don’t worry, it’s still IPX-7!

 

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!

Selfie? Piece of cake!

Selfie? Piece of cake!

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!

Let's Wefie! Count how many people I can fit in with the RE!

Let’s Wefie! Count how many people I can fit in with the 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*

 

9) Accessories

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!

Official HTC Re Accessories

 

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.

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Updates from HTC. Bug fixes, enhancements and new features.

 

Update : Shortly after my review, the live streaming via YouTube was launched, which enables real-time live broadcasting from the HTC Re.

 

 

Picture Samples

Most of them are straight out of camera. (Some has some contrast adjusted)

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