Smartphone maker HTC has introduced its first stand-alone camera in the shape of the HTC RE. With no viewfinder, screen or controls other than a shutter release button, the RE is designed to be used either as an independent still and video camera, or as a connected device controlled via a smartphone. Housing a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that features 16 million pixels, the RE uses a fixed-focus f/2.8 lens that HTC says has a 146 degree angle of view – equivalent to a 6.5mm focal length on a full frame body.

The camera comes to life when it senses it is being picked up, and the shutter release button is used to shoot a still with a short press and a video with a long press. Video resolution is full HD at 1080p at a rate of 30fps, and a 4x slow motion mode will be accessible at a resolution of 720p.

The app for remote viewing and controlling the camera will be available for Android 4.3 and iOS 7 (or later) devices, and the RE will communicate via 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. A micro-USB port allows connection to a PC, although HTC says this will be unnecessary as all images and videos can be downloaded and stored wirelessly to your phone, PC or the cloud.

The camera will come with an 8GB microSD card, but will accept cards of up to 128GB, and the rechargeable 820mAh battery will be good for 1200 still images or 1 hour 40 minutes worth of continuous video recording. A tripod socket will allow the RE to be mounted for action photography, and the device is water resistant enough to survive at 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.

Available in the US from October, the HTC RE will be priced $200. For more information visit the HTC RE website.

The HTC RE will be available in a range of colors A clamp accessories and a screw thread support will be available, as will an external USB-connected power supply

Press Release:

HTC ANNOUNCES RE: A REMARKABLE LITTLE CAMERA

Step out from behind the viewfinder and focus on the moment, not on your camera

New York, US / Taipei, Taiwan, October 8 2014, - HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, today heralds a new era and exciting new direction for the business, with the introduction of RE. A remarkable little camera, RE applies HTC’s innovative touch and stunning design philosophy to break into a completely new product category and reinvent photography to suit current and future trends.
“HTC has been setting the standard for smartphones for years - today we’re focused on redefining the concept of imaging forever,” said Peter Chou, CEO, HTC. “As a company we don’t stand still and our devotion to innovation has seen us take smart photography in a completely new direction for our business and our customers. 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.”

Live life in full view
With a stunning yet minimalist cylindrical design, RE is made to be held, and fits naturally and comfortably in the palm of your hand. Never worry about missing a moment fumbling between modes, as RE’s built-in grip sensor instantly activates the camera as it’s picked up, eliminating the need for a power button. Its large, tactile shutter button captures photos with a single tap and videos with a longer press, making it fun and super-easy to capture high-quality, creative imagery or video.

For the moments that really matter, you want to be at the heart of the action, not peering through a lens. Thanks to RE and its high-resolution 16MP CMOS sensor, Full HD (1080p) video recording and a 146-degree wide-angle lens, the days of hiding behind a viewfinder whilst your child makes their acting debut in the school play or scores that game-winning goal are over.

RE also allows you to explore your creative side with simple slow-motion and time-lapse recording options. And if you want to capture great shots underwater, we have you covered. RE is waterproof out of the box1, without needing any additional casing or protection. You don’t need to be a professional to use RE - all you need is your imagination.

Share with a click
When photos and videos look this great, they shouldn’t be kept to yourself. RE interacts with your smartphone through the RE application, which syncs photos, videos and time-lapse recordings seamlessly over WiFi – meaning that you can relive and share your experiences at the touch of a button. Available on Android and iOS, there is no need to edit or sync to your PC, as the RE app backs up those precious memories to your phone or the cloud, working in harmony with the Zoe app to instantly create shareable video highlight reels that look professionally edited.

Making it even easier, you can also control the whole device remotely through the app and transform your smartphone into a remote viewfinder.

Limitless opportunities
RE is a new kind of camera - one that opens up a whole world of creative possibilities – and one that will evolve over time. Adding another layer of flexibility and potential, an open API/SDK will also enable HTC’s partners to bring innovative new experiences to the device and to social platforms like Tencent and Instagram.RE will soon offer real-time video streaming to YouTube, allowing you to live in the moment and share it live via your YouTube channel.

RE will be available in the US from late October, with other markets following later. For further information on availability, features, functionality and accessories, visit www.recamera.com.