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Battery life


The Re camera is powered by an 820mAh battery, that HTC claims can last you enough time to snap as much as 1200 photos or around 1 hour 50 minutes of 1080p video. We found the 2-hour longevity claim to be about right, and for us that felt a bit limiting. We should also note that the battery is not user-removable.

Accessories


The Re camera is compatible with all tripods as it has a standard camera mount, but HTC has also announced plans to release several accessories for the RE camera: an adjustable clamp, a charging stand, a universal mounting stand, universal wall plug (charger), portable battery, and dual-port adapter.

Conclusion


The HTC Re Camera is a strange little shooter that has a fun and appealing style. However, it also has a steep price tag of $200, nearly double the price of rival action cams like the Polaroid Cube ($100), and the GoPro Hero ($130).

HTC is trying to position the Re as something a bit different than an action cam, though. It’s calling the Re a lifestyle camera, something you can use similarly well during your run or workout, and when you’re out with friends. And, with a convenient form factor, you have more possibilities to shoot from different angles and positions.

However, the Re falls short when it comes to pure photo and video quality with soft detail and slightly dull colors. Images captured with it are not necessarily bad, but they are not great either, and we’d expect a bit more from a $200 cam.



Pros

  • Snapping pictures with it is extremely quick and a lot of fun
  • You can get some fun new perspective to your shots (overhead, and down-to-the-ground)
  • Comfortable grip
  • Very inconspicuous (shutter sound can be controlled)

Cons

  • Image quality in low-light is sub-par
  • Video recording quality lacks sharpness
  • Forget about using it in low-light or for sports (shutter speeds too slow by default, no way to manually adjust them)
  • Battery does not last long
  • Audio recording quality is not great
  • No optical stabilization makes for too many blurry shots
  • Price is too steep

PhoneArena Rating:

7.0

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