HTC RE Camera Review

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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18 Comments

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: 2386; 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: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I seen this coming... A flop

4. buccob

Posts: 2968; 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: 2968; 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 recommed.search "zzkka" on amzon.com haha.

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