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HTC reportedly planning rugged GoPro rival

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HTC One M8
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HTC is apparently set to unveil a rugged GoPro-style camera that will hook up to a smartphone.

The Taiwanese manufacturer recently sent out a mysterious invite to a New York launch event being held on October 8. The title of this invite was "Double Exposure," which many people have linked to the dual-lens camera system in the HTC One M8.

However, the company could well be planning something more ambitious than a new camera phone. According to a tweet from Bloomberg journalist Tim Culpan, HTC is planning a "rugged camera that connects direct to phone."

This tough camera peripheral will apparently feature a 16-megapixel sensor, a wide-angle lens, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Given that Culson mentions both Bluetooth and the fact that the camera will attach to your phone "direct," we wonder if this means that the device will be a rival to the Sony QX range of smartphone lenses.

These stand-alone lenses physically clip on to a smartphone, but hook up using Bluetooth. They then employ the smartphone as viewfinder and shot controller.

But then, mention of a GoPro rival suggests something a little tougher and more self-contained than that. It also suggests that HTC is going more for the action video-recording angle, though a 16-megapixel sensor would hint at a camera that's also a capable of decent stills.

Given that HTC's last few flagship phones have been widely criticised for their substandard photography skills, this would be a novel yet elaborate way for HTC to address such shortcomings.

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Via: The Verge

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