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HTC shoots for more than smartphones with Re cameraDesigned for one-handed shooting, the little waterproof instant-on camera makes it easy to shoot and share without trapping you behind your phone's screen.
[MUSIC] HTC is well known for it's mobile devices but in a turn to become a full on life style electronics brand, it has released this, the Re. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET and no, the Re isn't a periscope for a toy sub or an inhaler for stylist asthmatics. It is a camera designed for one-handed use to get you from behind your smart phone and keep you in the moment. Even if that moment involves water, since it's waterproof down to a meter, without a housing. Like a lot of small cameras these days, there is no screen, but it's wide angle lens means you can pretty much just point at your subject and start shooting. And as far as shooting goes, you can just pick it up and press the big button. There is no power button, but instead sensors in the body turn the camera on when you pick it up. So you just give a quick press to snap pictures, up to 16 megapixels. Or a long press to record video at 1080p or 720p. And this button here under the lens lets you record 720p video in slow motion. If you do want to see what you're shooting you can use a direct wi-fi connection to an Android device and eventually IOS devices and using HTC's RE app you get a live viewfinder and you can see and download your recordings to your device. There are camera controls, too, and you have access to settings in a time lapse mode. As for photo and video quality, well, they're best enjoyed on mobile devices. But that makes sense given its shoot and share features. It's also priced a bit out of impulse purchase territory at $199. And the shape is awkward for mounting and pocketing. You can read the full review on cnet.com but quirky design aside it is a nice little camera for when your smart phone gets in your way of your good times. [MUSIC] I'm Josh Goban and that is a look at HTC Re. [MUSIC]