HTC RE Camera Review


The HTC Re Camera is a strange creation unlike anything else we’ve seen: it’s not an action cam like a GoPro, and it’s also very far away from a traditional camera. HTC calls the Re a ‘lifestyle cam’, implying that it has the style and durability to be with you in all sorts of situations - you can equally well use it in the gym, and at official events like a wedding.

The Re is indeed something that is easy to carry in your pocket, a strange little thing that resembles an elbow of a pipe, an inhaler, a periscope, or who knows what else, but not a traditional camera.

This unorthodox appearance is further boosted by the lack of a viewfinder, something that makes the HTC Re a very impromptu camera experience and a bit strange to operate at first. With its peculiar looks and some added features like the light waterproofing, this unique little cam has definitely gotten our attention. Let’s find out if it’s really any good.


The peculiar form of the Re Camera is comfortable to hold and allows you to experiment and shoot from up high and down below.

It is the form of the Re Camera that gets instantly noticed - shaped like an inhaler, this little cam stands out among all other cameras out there. In terms of color and material, the Re comes in a choice of four fresh colors - white, red, blue, and green, and they all sport a glossy finish.

It has a large, one-step shutter button on the back that falls right where your thumb resides. The button is clicky and comfortable to press, something particularly important when you don’t have a viewfinder and that click is the only thing that reassures you that you’ve indeed taken a picture (hold it if you want to record video). There is just one more button, and it acts as a trigger - hold it to activate slow motion video.

There are also two LED lights - one on the back, integrated in the shutter key, and another one on the front. The LEDs light up once when you take a picture, while when in video, the light from them will blink (yellow for pictures and regular videо, and blue if it’s a slow-motion video). Then, you have two microphones, one on top of the camera and another at the front. You charge the Re via a 5-pin microUSB port located on the bottom of the shooter, where there is also a flap-protected microSD card slot, and a tripod mount.

You also should not worry about getting your Re camera wet - it comes with an IPX7 certification, meaning that you can submerge in water up to 3 feet (1 meter) deep for as long as 30 minutes. HTC is also selling a waterproof cap that bumps up Re’s waterproof rating to IPX8, allowing you to dip in up to 10 feet (3 meters) for as long as two hours.



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Does the Note 4 have a 16:9 or 4:3 sensor?

6. Lememurilo

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Note 4 have a 16:9...

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Ok thanks.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2452; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

With all of those cons, I would think the rating should be more in the 4-5 area. I would assume an average rating would have equal amounts of pros and cons but this device has 4 pros to 7 cons. And they're not little cons either. PA I think you should reevaluate your scoring method on this one.

11. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yea he's expecting it to do a lot more than its meant to do. I wouldn't expect it to take great low light shots (hello no flash), I wouldn't expect it to record fast sports well. I wouldn't expect it to have great audio and video and if the content is blurry that's on the user.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I seen this coming... A flop

4. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

For that price I would get the QX-10 if I was looking for something like this... Currently I have the QX-100 and it has exceeded my expectations even in low light situations... QX-100 Pros: - Fun perspective (overhead, down to the ground) pictures. - Remote shooting (beside timed). - Up to 200 pics from a single charge - Great 1" Sensor - Nice ISO of up to 12800 with low noise - Adjustable apperture, ISO, exposure, shutter speed. - Great OIS (OSS) Cons: - Slow startup, specially if you are going to use your phone as viewfinder. (can be used blindly) - Slow time between shots if pictures are being send to phone. (can be cancelled, turned off or set to a different image size for copies) - Not good for low light + movement - No RAW files, only JPEGs

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Is it really bad in low light? You would think that with the 1 inch sensor it would shine in the darkness (owww what nice words lol:). Anyway, the newer ILCE-QX1 looks pretty good.

9. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Well the big sensor isn't all that counts for low light tho, my APS-C mirrorless also sucks for low light movement and i have to resort to pushing the ISO high and getting grainy pics, but better have grainy pics than blurred or no pics.

12. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

As CanYouSeeTheLight said, the sensor is not the whole story, the camera itself is wonderful and I have been able to take great pictures in Manual mode tinkering with ISO, but it is not its strong front... and I am not a professional either, just enthusiastic I became accostumed to take low light pictures without flash and they look awesome and natural... when there is little to no movement... but there are moments when Flash is a Must and thats where this camera fails... But for me it is like 5% of my situations...

5. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

at that price ill take a GoPro Cam over this one..

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol that's ummm...yeah...HTC

13. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Why buy this instead of an actual digital camera?

14. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Vic has been running around the office "shooting" everyone with the RE like a man possessed! HTC, take it back from him already! :D

15. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

It watches you masturbate...

16. jimbob87

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 23, 2014

Its RE-tarded!

17. HearMeHearMe

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 21, 2015

It really doesn’t look like much of a camera to me. The shape of it is goofy looking and to me looks like a camera for people to hold above their head in crowds at a concert or gathering and that’s about. I would rather have a GoPro for anything action sport-like or similar. I kind of agree with Poc Network // Tech Blog when they said that its mostly for social media nuts. Beyond that it sounds pretty cheap and way too much. Now everything is focusing on 4K this and 4K that and super high frame rates and what not. HTC focuses on re-releasing what everyone else already had.

18. Davidhd

Posts: 15; Member since: May 13, 2015

i like my ZZKKA brand waterproof case, i buy from amazom. if you guys how want it. i can do "zzkka" on haha.

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