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Review: This Paper Camera Will Be Your New Favorite Travel Accessory

Perfect for girls on the go!
Review: This Paper Camera Will Be Your New Favorite Travel Accessory Perfect for girls on the go!

What: Paper shoot camera (P5420 for a bundle, available at Papershoot), which is a thin, eco-friendly digital camera made out of paper.

IMAGE Johanne Dalogdog

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Current Condition

I'm a big fan of photography so I love taking pictures and exploring different kinds of cameras. At the moment, I switch in between a mirrorless camera and a DSLR—both of which can be a bit bulky to lug around though, especially if you're like me who prefers to bring small bags.

IMAGE Johanne Dalogdog

How I Used It

 I used the paper camera like how one would normally use a digital camera. The Papershoot camera is fairly easy to use but you do have to remember what the LED lights are for (e.g. low battery, on standby, unable to read SD card) and listen quite carefully to the tiny beep noise that signals you've captured a shot.

Below, we tried taking a few sets of photos with people and city landscapes as the subjects. We took the same photo four times to test out the four built-in camera presets (classic, black and white, sepia, and blue).

IMAGE Gab Gutierrez

IMAGE Gab Gutierrez

IMAGE Gab Gutierrez

IMAGE Gab Gutierrez

Conclusion

 This thin device is very easy to carry around, especially if you find bringing camera bags everywhere you go a tedious task. It's slim and powers up with just two AAA batteries, which will last you a whole day or two if you keep it assembled with the camera. There's also an SD card slot and a USB port, both of which you can use to upload your photos.

Paper Shoot camera is a no-fuss gadget that gets the job done. Sure, its five-megapixel lens won't give you the clearest image possible given today's technology, but that's actually the charm of it all. It mimics the feel of early digital cameras (think of the lomographic effect—slightly blurred and distorted on the edges but with a clear render on the center) with the tangible experience. And unlike smartphone apps that let you see the result in an instant, Paper Shoot camera needs you to wait a little while since you need an SD card reader to plug in the photos (unless you have a direct dongle you can connect to your phone).

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While there is ease of operation with this paper camera, there's also a learning curve to master. You'll have to familiarize yourself with the lens since the viewfinder does not accurately frame your subject. But once you grasp how to point and shoot with it, you'll be able to snap away cool photos easily.

Overall, this paper camera is perfect for stylish travelers and even for little kids. It's a cute novelty holiday gift, wouldn't you agree?

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