HTC's RE camera is the GoPro for the rest of us

By Shawn Knight
Oct 8, 2014
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  1. HTC's rumored GoPro competitor is now official but as it turns out, the standalone camera isn't taking aim at action sports enthusiasts. Instead, the oddly-named HTC RE is in a category by itself - a GoPro for the rest of...

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,114   +1,379

    For "the rest of us", for $199, while GoPro can be had for $129. Good luck with that!
  3. Hello Kitty design.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    Kudos to them for taking a risk and not just making an HTC Go Pro. HTC's phone cameras are great, so I expect this to be equally as impressive, but Go Pros are pretty nice too.

    The problem HTC will have to overcome is that GoPro has become synonymous with a point-of-view camera. They TOTALLY should have named this something that could be a verb. The phrase 'Dude, are you gonna GoPro that?' doesn't translate well to 'Dude, are you gonna RE that?' They missed the boat there.

    But... they come in huge in portability category, which is perhaps the most important. This thing looks far lighter and easier to carry than a GoPro. Lighter makes it easier to put on a kite or handle drops to the ground.

    I'm looking forward to the reviews.... and to what Go Pro's stock will do tomorrow. It's been on a tear in the last month... I wonder what this will do.
  5. Really like this direction
    camera for stalkers
    quick to the action snugs completely inside the palm of your hand
  6. Note to self: do not store near OralB toothbrush heads.
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  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    Do people actually say that? It sounds so silly. I woulda though you'd rather say something like 'Dude, are you gonna shoot that?'
  8. Or "dude, are you going to fap to that?"
  9. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    You don't think a 16 yr old snowboarder would say something silly? (no offense to 16 yr old snowboards, of course :) Bing!, Yahoo, Google are all silly names and Google even named an OS version Froyo! Silly has never stopped anyone.
    The GoPro Hero is a huge ego-stroking name for the selfie generation. I think HTC should have thought of a better name to compete, especially since that periscope is anything but bad-a$$ or cool.

    Now that it's the next morning we can also see that GoPro's stock is still going up. investors don't appear to be worried about HTC.
  10. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 862   +353

    Heck, I still here people say, after they have taken a video of something stupid for youtube....
    "I got that one tape, I got that on tape".
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Yeah, perhaps not that exact phrase. But I have a GoPro and I know a few other people that do. Its pretty common to ask if you are going to 'gopro' something.
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  12. Moxiy

    Moxiy TS Member Posts: 38

    The design looks funny... n how to you even know that your shooting want you want if there's no viewfinder ? or you just point and hope for the best.
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,964   +355

    That does not make sense to me either. Sure the article says that you can use Bluetooth with your Android or iOS device but that seems really cumbersome.
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Until the Hero 4 Silver you couldn't do it on GoPros either. With the fisheye and wide field of view there is quite a bit of forgiveness on pointing it the right direction. It isn't that hard to point the camera where you want to record stuff. You aren't recording stationary stuff most of the time (unless doing timelapse), these are designed for POV recording of sports type stuff so the camera is mobile - further reducing the need for perfectly lining up a shot. Furthermore, this and the GoPros can connect wirelessly to a (modern) smartphone with live playback of what the camera is seeing so you can make adjustments that way if you must.
  15. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    I cannot see the point of this device as you can get a pretty good waterproof camera for less money that give you 1080p recording and 5x optical zoom. Not forgetting the display screen!
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

  17. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Just the right size for perverts who take upskirt pictures? :(
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,467   +1,760

    Random House and Webster will likely have to add "gopro", (as a verb), to their rapidly devolving dictionaries all too soon.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,467   +1,760

    And it's almost the right shape for said 'victims', to pepper spray said perverts, take it off them, and use it as a 'boyfriend substitute'.

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