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Paper Shoot camera review

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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.

SEE ALSO: Fitbit Alta HR review

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DJI Osmo Pocket first look

It’s the ultimate travel camera!

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It feels like we’re already in the future as DJI just announced the Osmo Pocket. It’s their smallest handheld camera which literally fits all sorts of pockets. However, being small doesn’t mean it’s terrible. It can shoot videos up to 4K at 60 frames per second.

It has a three-axis gimbal that reduces shakes and jitters plus it has an extension rod that makes taking selfies a breeze. It’s also featured-filled!

It has facetrack technology which focuses on your face while activetrack focuses on any moving subject; FPV mode follows fast-moving shots. Lastly, there’s motionlapse that captures better timelapses and can take your videos to another level. It can also stitch together images with 3×3 panorama and take great low-light photos with nightshots.

If you like to go to the beach, the Osmo Pocket can come with you thanks to a waterproof case. It’s definitely the ultimate travel camera!

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Her Holiday Gift Guide: Presents for the different types of women in your life

Tis the season!

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May it be a sister, a mother, a friend, or a lover, this holiday season is the perfect time to appreciate the women in your life. But, different women have different needs so I’ve rounded up a number of great gift ideas and the type of ladies they’d be perfect for.

You’re welcome.

For the skincare lover

Something to pamper her with! The Foreo UFO offers a home facial mask treatment like no other. Great skin has never been this attainable! This tiny thing is capable of LED light therapy, thermotherapy, and cryotherapy. There are also a number of great face sheets to choose from.

For the fitness buff

For those who aspire for a healthier life, the Fitbit Versa is the perfect gift. Doing what Fitbit does best, the Versa tracks all your health data plus it has smartwatch capabilities! It comes in rose gold and looks pretty with all the great-looking strap options.

For the stylish

Cutting-edge tech for hair styling comes in the form of Dyson’s Airwrap. It’s every girl’s mane dream (pun intended). This iron uses hot air and the British brand’s vacuum technology to make sure hair is curled and not damaged in the process. Oh, and it doesn’t only curl; there are different hair attachments for multiple hair types so you can achieve many looks.

For the sentimental

To help her capture priceless and fleeting moments, get her a Polaroid OneStep+. This pretty camera looks reminiscent of the original Polaroid OneStep; yes, it’s very pretty! Aside from taking great Polaroid photos, this instant camera can now connect to an app. Talk about added fun!

For the traveler

Make her feel safe and look good. Travelon anti-theft bags are perfect to bring on trips. Equipped with RFID-blocking tech, slash-proof material, and locking zippers, these are bags that will leave you with peace of mind without compromising your outfit.

For the homemaker

Make cleaning a breeze with Xiaomi’s Mi robot vacuum. This smart device will clean every inch of your home with a tap on your smartphone. With the Mi Home app, you’ll be able to check which areas the robot has vacuumed and you can even schedule cleaning sessions remotely. And no, this thing won’t fall down the stairs or run over your pets.

For the audiophile

 

iPods are not a thing anymore but this awesome music player is! The Mighty Music Player is a music streaming device — yes, that means you can listen to your Spotify sounds even without your phone. It comes in yummy colors, too.

For the woman on the go

These colorful Bluetooth earphones are not only wireless, but they’re also smart. Honor’s new Flypods look cool with the teal color option, plus it can answer calls, has wireless charging, and responds to touch control.

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Tech for the strong, independent, and happily single woman

Because it’s Singles’ Day!

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November 11, or 11.11, has been dubbed as Singles’ Day. While some may believe this to be a reminder of persistent loneliness and that dreaded single status, I believe otherwise. Singlehood is and should be a celebration of your independence. Being single is not necessarily a bad thing.

That being said, I’ve rounded up a number devices for the strong, independent, and happily single woman.

Google Pixel 3 

In a sea of dual camera phones, the Pixel stands its ground with one shooter, proving that in a lot of instances, one is enough.

Sony H.ear On

To shut out the naysayers, and look good while doing so. Sony’s H.ear On headphones, aside from sounding amazing, are Bluetooth-enabled which means that you’re not tied to anything. If that isn’t symbolic, I don’t know what is.

GoPro Hero 7

To document your own adventures and tell your own story! With electronic image stabilization, your footage always comes out smooth AF. At least this camera is stable — more than I can say about those boys you dated.

Samsung Galaxy Watch

To remind you that it’s time to be your own woman and that you don’t and shouldn’t have time for other people’s crap. Consequently, it also looks cute and tells you the actual time.

Honda CR-V

So you can drive your own future! The CR-V is equipped with tech to make your drive a cinch. This thing will get you places.

Peak Design Everyday Tote

Because the only weight on your shoulders should be the weight of your stuff! Let go of excess/exes baggage. 😎

 

Joby Gorillapod 1K

Since you can stand on your own, like this tripod. Big plus for shooting your own IG photos with this — no need for IG boyfriends!

Happy 11.11, ladies! Always remember that the only person who can complete yourself is you. 💁🏽‍♀️✨

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