Accessory Cameras Get Interesting

HTC RE

Remember the Sony lens-style remote cameras, the QX-10 and QX-100? They’re still around, of course, but the lineup has been refreshed with two new models, the QX1 and QX30. And good thing, because the accessory camera market for smartphones seems to have just exploded.

Today I’ve got details on HTC’s answer to the GoPro, plus another new product that you might have missed.

HTC RE

HTC REs

This is the HTC RE, revealed yesterday at an event in New York City. No, we weren’t invited. ಠ_ಠ

When available, it will cost $199 USD and connect to your Android or iOS device, pairing via Bluetooth and then transmitting 16 megapixel images and 1080p video via WiFi Direct. Weird thing is, it’s got a fixed-focus lens.

Here’s the YouTube pitch from HTC:

And here are the specs, via HTC USA:

Special Features
Grip sensor instantly turns on the device when it is picked up.
One-hand operation design
One tap for photos; One press for videos
Time-lapse recording, settings control via your smartphone
Android (4.3 and above) and iOS compatible. Seamless integration with your existing photo gallery.

Camera
1080p, 30fps FHD video
720p, 4x slow motion video
146 degree super wide angle lens with f2.8 aperture for low light usability

Battery
820mAh rechargeable battery
Supports 1hr 50mins of continuous FHD video recording

Size
26.5 mm diameter
97.7 mm height

Sensors
16MP, 1/2.3″ Sony CMOS sensor

Connectivity
BLE (Bluetooth v4.0)
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Wi-Fi Direct
5-pin micro-USB
MicroSD Card Slot
Tripod Hole

Weight
66.5 grams

Memory
Expandable microSD storage

Further Reading

HTC Announces Its Mobile Sports Camera, the ‘HTC RE,’ With WiFi, Bluetooth, And A 16MP Sensor
Down Periscope: HTC RE Camera hands-on
RE Camera | Handheld Companion Camera | HTC USA

Seek Thermal Camera

Seek Thermal Camera

I don’t know about you but this is the one I’m interested in. When the Seek Thermal comes to market, again at $200 USD, it will compete fairly effectively with lower-res thermal cameras costing five times as much.

Who would want a thermal camera and why? Here’s President and CEO Robert Acker with a video demo:

Available in Canada at national retailers this November? Sweet!

Models/Specs

Android mUSB Thermal Camera – Model: UW-AAA
iOS Lightning Thermal Camera – Model: LW-AAA

True thermal sensor
206 x 156 Array
32,136 Thermal Pixels
12 µ Pixel Pitch
Vanadium Oxide Microbolometer
Chalcogenide Lens
36º Field of View
Magnesium Housing
Long Wave Infrared 7.2 – 13 Microns
-40C to 330C Detection
< 9Hz

Android Compatibility

WORKS WITH/OPTIMIZED FOR:
Samsung Galaxy S3
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
Motorola Moto X (1st and 2nd gen)
Motorola Moto G

DEVICES THAT NEED 180° MICRO-USB ADAPTER:
Google Nexus 5
HTC

NOT COMPATIBLE WITH:
Old Samsung Galaxy 2
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Original Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy Mega
Amazon Fire Phone & Tablet
Google Nexus 4

Apple Compatibility

WORKS WITH/OPTIMIZED FOR:
iPhone 5
iPhone 5c
iPhone 5s
iPhone 6
iPhone 6+
iPod Touch 5th Generation

WORKS WITH BUT NOT OPTIMIZED FOR:
iPad Mini (all versions)
iPad Air
iPad 4th Generation

NOT COMPATIBLE WITH:
iPhone 4s or Lower
iPad 3 or Lower
iPod Touch 4 or Lower

Further Reading

Hands-On With The $199 Seek Thermal Smartphone Infrared Camera (Yes, Really Actually): This Is Amazing
Hands-on with the Seek Thermal camera add-on accessory
Seek Thermal | See The Unseen

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