HTC boldly Re-in­vents the com­pact cam­era

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Dur­ing the same pre­sen­ta­tion that fea­tures the De­sire Eye, HTC also an­nounced a cu­rio that we’re keen to see more of.

Called the HTC Re, it’s a small, stylish, easy-to-use 16MP cam­era boast­ing a 146-de­gree widean­gle lens and full HD video record­ing.

Ap­prox­i­mately the size of an in­haler, Re is charm­ingly sim­ple in its de­sign, con­trolled via just two but­tons and a com­pan­ion app, which al­lows the cam­era to be op­er­ated re­motely.

With­out a dis­play, Re should be less sus­cep­ti­ble to drop-in­duced dam­age than a tra­di­tional cam­era (min­imis­ing par­ent an­guish when bud­ding Spiel­bergs get hold of it), while its cylin­dri­cal form is ideal for sin­gle-handed op­er­a­tion. Re also boasts an IPX7 wa­ter­proof rat­ing out of the box, mean­ing it will be un­fazed by up to 30 min­utes in a me­tre of wa­ter. Now the ac­tion doesn’t need to stop when the heat drives ev­ery­one into the pool.

The Re will be avail­able in white, navy, teal and orange, with the pos­si­bil­ity of more colours to follow, while the com­pan­ion app will be avail­able on the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. $TBC, HTC.COM/AU, OUT TBC

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