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A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

            

 
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Sunday
Jan112015

The HTC RE -view

One of my more popular videos of 2014 was a review of the Polaroid Cube camera. The HTC RE appears to be aimed at the same audience as the Cube. It's a hard device to categorise, it's not really an action camera but it has a wide angle lens, can be attached to a bike and record rain or shine for 90 mins on one charge. Now whilst the Cube just recorded video or stills, the HTC RE ups the feature list by including WiFi, slow motion and timelapse. The extra features packed in the RE result in it costing more than the Cube and it's up to you to decide whether these features are worth the price premium. Watch the video below for the full review.

The slow motion feature whilst fun doesn't produce the sharpest results and the timelapse mode requires the camera to be paired via wifi to a smartphone app - but it can be disconnected once recording has started. I've never been a fan of smartphone app controlled devices - I find them to be a hassle to connect up, so it's a shame that the timelapse mode can't be accessed without the app.

I'm glad that companies like HTC are trying out new concepts and designs. For some people the HTC RE will be a very handy mini camera, it is definitely not for everyone, but it's clearly not supposed to be.

I enjoyed using the HTC RE, and I plan on featuring the timelapse feature again in a future video, once the weather has improved a bit.

DOWNLOADABLE CLIPS
I have uploaded some sample videos and photos - these are avaliable here. Do not stream these as this downgrades the quality - you need to download the clips and then play them back from your computer to see their true original quality. 
  
PURCHASING
I imported my camera from the US via ebay, but it's now officially available in the UK so you can buy the camera and accessories from the official HTC store. 
 
There are links below if you prefer to buy the HTC RE camera from Amazon.
 

  

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Reader Comments (13)

I enjoyed this review, as with all your reviews, for the detailed content and information covered. The quality of this footage got my immediate attention and I immediately visited Amazon and purchased the camera with my Prime option. Shortly after, I visited the official site and ordered a charging stand to boot!

It occurred to me after that you had links to Amazon from this blog and had I used them, you might have received a small affiliate fee. If that is the case can I apologise for not doing so. Perhaps it might be an idea to include a mention of it in your reviews if that is the case.

I am looking forward to having some fun with this when it arrives. A technical query - Is the footage in the same format as iPhone 5s video and therefore seamless if mixed with footage from both in iMovie on MacBook Pro?

Great work, that obviously takes you time to do. Love it

Trevor
Shevington

January 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

Yes the Amazon links are affiliated, so I do get a bit of commission from them but I don't like to sound like I'm begging for sales commission. I'm guessing that you are interested in the time lapse function if you've bought the charging base.

January 14, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Yes, that is one reason for the charger unit - though I do have a few clamp devices that could have catered for the camera for time-lapse purposes. Primarily I think the charger is neat and makes it easy to slot the camera in at the end of a day. I am going to use the camera for an experiment.

I have a small battery operated rotating turntable with a flat-plate. With the camera set in slow motion and sat on the plate I want to see what the effect would be. Equally the same with time-lapse mode set. All in all the camera looks stylish and discreet. Thanks for reviewing it.

January 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTrevor

I saw some videos on the Kodak PixPro SP1 wich looked rather good, have you considered testing it?

January 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterStefan Nilsson

Hello, can u try using the RE on a motorcycle?

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMann

I wonder if this would be good for a dash cam it's small and could be hidden yes it's got no loop recording function but it's a good brand so won't break after two weeks

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBig Ben

in your opinion...How is the video footage compared to sony AS-15 action cam,especially in low light conditions?..I bought the sony,because it is wifi-controlled (viewfinder and on-off recording)...HTC RE has the same function but more comfortable size..that's why i am interested in HTC RE as a replacement..
Thank you!

February 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny

In my opinion the Sony has the edge as far as the sharpness of the image. It might be worth downloading a few samples.

February 18, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Very excellent review. Thanks a lot.

Would you be able to tell, how close to an object one can be and the camera still can focus?

When attending a computer training class, it very useful afterwards to be able to review what one has exercised during the class. Can one use this camera as a necklace to take 1 picture per second of a computer monitor and such pictures would include readable text?

Many thanks!

June 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJacob

I really fancied the HTC re camera. I bought one and tried it out. It did everything that it said on the tin. I didn't keep it and sent it back. I sent it back for the following reasons:

I was unsure whether the battery in this quite expensive device was working correctly. I figured that if I had a naff battery in my device, I'd end up just throwing it away. Coupled with that, a device that is sealed and whose battery cannot be replaced has the obvious limited life.

Bearing in mind what I have just said, this little camera was £130; that's not nothing. £130 is not nothing. This device seemed to be just not worth £130. Sadly, there seems to be nothing around that will do the job that this one does. When one looks at all the Go-Pro copies and then copies of those copies, you'd thing there'd be a decent copy of the HTC re (but at half the price). The re is the only camera that discretely fits into a top pocket - just like an inhaler. Great for blogging.

June 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Harrison

Can u plz tell me wat shuld i go for??
Sj4000 or re??
I have seen both of ur reviews yet am confused...
Nd is htc re by default water resistant or do i have to some otjer accessory fr that purpose..
Ty in advance.

October 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShehdil Thaiyam

I would very grateful if you could help me. I want to know if it is possible to use an external mic with the RE possibly a lavalier with a 3.5mm to micro usb adapter or something like that. Help!

March 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSrihari

There is no Mic input wired to the USB port - so no. It’s very uncommon to have mic-in on any camera. If the camera has it, it will be a big plus, that they will advertise prominently on the box and in the instructions, it’s never an accidental undocumented feature.

March 8, 2016 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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