More than aesthetic and composition, the beautiful thing about taking a photograph is you get to capture a moment in that still frame. A picture tells a thousand words, precisely because it’s the story behind it that makes it so special.

Of course, these days, we have our smartphone cameras and a photo for every single thing that happens, but on my last trip to Taipei, I decided to try something else.

This is the Paper Shoot Camera.

It’s made mostly out of paper and you can assemble it yourself.

It comes in different designs and its very own carrying case.

About this camera

Because I feel it need be said again: Yes, this camera is made mostly out of paper. (Are you freaking out as much as I am?) Powering this tiny 5-megapixel digital camera are only two AAA batteries, which can supposedly last for 300 shots and are easily found in any convenience store.

Selfie time with the Paper Shoot!

It comes with a 2GB SD card which can hold about 800 photos, according to the brochure. You can also switch the memory card to anything up until 32GB, but I’m not doing the math for how many photos you’ll be able to take with that.

Testing 1, 2, 3…

The novelty of using a cute cardboard camera did not wear off at all.

Granted that there was one rainy day during the trip when I didn’t dare take out the Paper Shoot for fear that it would get wet, it was still a very handy device that took up so little space.

At the Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei, taken using a black and white filter

At some cafe in Taipei through the lens of the Paper Shoot camera

There are four built-in modes on the camera (classic, black and white, sepia, and blue) and they can be activated by a simple flick of a switch. The camera works like any other camera: press the shutter located at the front part of the device and you’re shooting.

Making mistakes/memories

I had a little trouble framing my photographs — which is something expected from a viewfinder that’s basically a cutout from a cardboard box. The shutter was also perpetually set to a slow setting, so it’s a must to keep still for a few seconds on each take. I learned this the hard way.

Could have been framed better, but I like this photo nonetheless

Admittedly, there were a whole bunch of photos which came out as a series of blurs and random objects. On times I did get lucky with shots, however, I ended up with pictures that looked similar (especially with the filters) to Lomo photographs.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

If you’re looking to do true-to-life documentation with your photos using a camera with great technical specs, this isn’t the way to go.

This fast-paced world of technology and innovation has allowed us to (almost) perfect the art of photography. But, there are times when I look at picture taking in its simplest sense: a way to create memories.

There was once a time, before all the smartphones and DSLRs, when every picture was precious just because there weren’t so many of them (nothing like how our smartphone camera rolls look now). Paper Shoot photography is sort of reminiscent of that.

Paper Shoot cameras are available in Taiwan starting at NT$ 1,899 and in the Philippines starting at PhP 3,750.

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