HTC RE camera release date, price and specs UK

Alongside the Desire Eye smartphone, HTC has announced the RE camera as part of its HTC Eye experience. Here's what you need to know about the HTC RE camera release date, price and specs. See all camera reviews.

Also see: HTC Desire Eye and HTC Re launch as it happened: live blog and video stream

HTC RE is a small handheld camera which allows you to "naturally capture and fully experience the moment, through video and photography, without anything getting in your way". It's a rival to GoPro, Autographer and others.

"Today, HTC is once again changing the way that people think about technology," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. "Back in 1997, we allowed people to leave their laptops at home in favour of powerful, pocket-sized smartphone computing. Today we are taking a similar leap forward. Combining incredible hardware with unrivalled software, HTC is reinventing the way we think about imaging. We are taking you out from behind the viewfinder and putting you back where you belong, at the heart of the action."

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HTC RE camera: Release date and price in the UK

HTC has confirmed that the RE camera will be available at EE, Three and "selected consumer electronics retail partners" in the UK from early November. The device will cost £169.

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HTC RE camera: Specs and features

HTC says that the RE camera - which looks just like a periscope - will 're-imagine the point-and-shoot category' with its 16Mp CMOS sensor, wide-angle lens and Full HD video recording. It will come in a range of colours including white, blue, green and orange.

The handheld RE camera doesn't have a power button. Instead, a sensor in the grip knows when you're holding it and switches it on helping to avoid missing any moments you want to capture. The single shutter button will take a photo with one tap and record video when long pressed.

With the accompanying RE app - available for iOS and Android - you can get a live viewfinder so you can frame shots or watch live action. It also provides a way of browsing photos and videos already stored on the camera. It can also backup all the content to your phone and the cloud.

We're eager to try it out and will post a full review as soon as we can.

•    Camera: 16Mp, 1/2.3in CMOS sensor, 146 degree wide angle lens, f/2.8
•    Video: [email protected], [email protected] slow motion, time-lapse
•    Compatibility: Android 4.3 or later with Bluetooth LE, iOS 7 or later
•    Design: IP57 dust and water resistant ( IP58 with cap), 97 x 27 mm, 65.5 g
•    Memory: 8GB microSD included, expansion up to 128 GB microSD
•    Sensors: Grip sensor, G-sensor
•    Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 LE (low energy), Wi-Fi (802.11n), microUSB, 1/4in tripod
•    Audio: HD microphone, speaker
•    Battery: 820mAh rechargeable (1,200 16 Mp photos or 1 hour 40 minutes Full HD video)