HTC has announced the 16MP RE camera, an L-shaped wireless camera without a viewfinder similar to GoPro camera. The point-and-shoot camera features a single button in the front slow motion videos and another in the back for capturing photos and videos.
The RE camera lacks a viewfinder or interface as HTC feels that users will shoot in the general direction of the scene. The camera can be used as a wireless viewfinder and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Unlike the GoPro tripod, the tripod of the RE is made of plastic. The 16MP sensor camera features a 146-degree wide-angle lens and the company claims that it can capture 1080p videos at 30 fps and 720p slow-motion videos at 120 fps.
The device has a battery backup of one hour and 40 minutes while recording 1080p videos and 1,200 photos on a single charge. The MicroSD slot supports up to 128GB while an 8GB MicroSD is bundled with the device. The camera is IP57 dust/water resistant and includes features a microphone, microUSB connector, speaker and Wi-Fi. However the device will face tough competition from the GoPro range of cameras.
HTC doesn’t look for direct competition with the launch of the RE camera. Consumers will be disappointed with the $199 price tag when it launches in the US by month end. The device will be available in blue, white and glossy red colors against GoPro’s newly launched GoPro Hero4 that is available in three variants of white, silver and black.