HTC RE, a periscope-shaped action cam that captures 16MP still images and 1080 video. Clearly aiming at the market led by GoPro, the RE actually seems to draw from the once-popular Flip camera whose simplicity of use targeted camera novices.
The waterproof RE is designed to be held in one hand, has no power button (it turns on when you pick it up) and has a single large button to capture images or start/stop video recording. The RE uses a lens with a 146 degree field of view, a necessity since there's no viewfinder to check your composition.
Users can record slow motion video at 120fps at 720 resolution in addition to time-lapse videos. An HTC app will let users control the RE remotely from both Android and iOS devices as well as transfer images and video. The RE will be available in the US at $199, "in time for the holidays," according to new HTC America President Jason Mackenzie.
The camera uses Bluetooth LE to establish the initial connection with your phone. From there, you can use Wi-Fi Direct to transfer photos. RE will also tap into Wi-Fi networks on its own to transfer content to the cloud if you so choose. In order to use the time-lapse feature on the RE, you'll need to trigger it via the iOS or Android app.
There's a microSD slot on the bottom of the device, which helps upgrade the internal 8GB of storage you've got. If there's a lot of video going on, you'll need to expand and this is a good way to do so. The bottom of the device is where the microUSB slot lives, as well as the welcome tripod mount.