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HTC Re: Hands-on with the quirky, connected camera (pictures)

HTC expands into the camera market with the little viewfinderless Re camera for Android and, eventually, iOS.

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Re

Cameras might seem an odd direction for HTC to branch out to, but as smartphone accessories go it might be a perfect fit.

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Small and light

The little camera easily slips into a pants pocket, though not without making a potentially awkward bulge.

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Press record

The button on back is good for taking a quick 16-megapixel snap or a long press will have you recording video at 1080p at 30fps.

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Slo-mo

A button under the lens lets you change to a 720p slow-motion mode that records at 96fps.

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Quite the profile

The periscope-shaped camera is waterproof without a housing down to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.

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Point and shoot

Your thumb falls naturally on the bend where there is a big shutter release/record button.

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Re app

The Re app available for Android and, later this year, iOS, lets you see what the camera sees. The Re connects to your mobile via Wi-Fi with some connection help from Bluetooth. You can control the camera and settings as well as transfer shots off the camera to your device for viewing and sharing.

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Charge it up

The camera's internal battery is good for an hour and a half of 1080p recording. Once it's tapped out you'll need to find yourself a Micro-USB cable to charge it up again.

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Storage

The Re records to microSD cards up to 128GB. The camera comes with an 8GB card to get you started.

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Tripod mount

As you may have noticed, there's a tripod mount in the base of the Re. HTC said it has a few mounts in the works, such as one for handlebars, but don't expect a full ecosystem just yet.

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Arriving soon

The HTC Re camera will be coming to the US first in late October/early November and the UK in November. It'll cost $199 and somewhere around £160-£170 in the UK. Pricing and availability is unknown for Australia, but converts to about AU$226.

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