Paper Shoot camera review



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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Sony A7R V combines hi-res sensor with AI

Hardware and software in tandem



Sony A7R V

It’s been three years since the launch of the Sony A7R IV. So, it’s about time that Sony released its successor — the Sony A7R V (Sony Alpha 7R V).

The Sony A7R V is hardware and software working in tandem to provide the best images possible. It has Sony’s highest resolution image sensor with a new AI processing unit. One that’s dedicated to AI-based image recognition. It’s the first of its kind on any Sony Alpha camera. It also has the BIONZ XR image processing engine which is a first in the “R” full-frame lineup.

The new A7R V offers 61 MP still images plus the an 8-step image stabilization system. That bodes well for shooting video which you can shoot in refined 8K movie output.

The AF (Autofocus) has also been improved with advanced accuracy and broader subject recognition. Real-time Recognition AF, using AI subject recognition, has been developed to include several subject types, including animals, vehicles, and insects. The Alpha 7R V also includes continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with AF/AE tracking.

These beloved Sony Alpha features have also been improved:

  • Tenacious Real-time Tracking
  • Faster and more precise wide-area, high-density AF system
  • Silent, vibration-free shooting at up to 7 fps
  • Continuously shoot up to 583 compressed RAW images at high speed

Cinematic video capabilities

The A7R V isn’t just for taking breathtaking stills. It also ffers advanced video capabilities. Sony’s newest camera delivers 8K1 24/25p video, 4K video oversampled from 6.2K without binning, a high-efficiency MPEG-H HEVC/H.265 codec, intra recording, 10-bit 4:2:2 recording, and more for high image quality and flexible editing. It also includes evolved subject recognition for unprecedented real-time tracking reliability, breathing compensation and the ability to use camera metadata for post-processing and advanced in-body image stabilization.

Price and availability

The Sony A7R V will be available for pre-order starting October 28, 2022, until November 27, 2022. The camera can be pre-ordered with just the camera body or preferred accessories and through different payment options. Suggested pre-order net cash price starts at PhP 239,999.

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Fujifilm X-T5 camera now available for pre-order

New macro lens also revealed



Fujifilm X-T5

As the year winds down, it’s ideal for freelancers to invest in the right equipment should they pursue a career in the creative industry.

At X Summit Tokyo 2022, Fujifilm unveiled the Fujifilm X-T5, the latest iteration in its line of compact mirrorless cameras under the prestigious X Series.

It has a high-resolution 40.2MP X-Trans CMOS 5 HR sensor which has an enhanced image-processing algorithm to boost resolution without compromising quality.

And with X-Processor 5, the camera delivers twice the processing speed of its predecessor.

Among the X-T5’s features are:

  • Three top-plate dials – for ISO, shutter speed, and exposure
  • Five-axis IBIS system for up to 7.0 stops of compensation
  • Three-way tilting LCD
  • 19 film simulation modes to recreate classic colors and tones
  • Al technology-driven Auto White Balance
  • Subject-detection autofocus
  • Pixel Shift multi-shot for ultra-high-resolution 160MP image
  • 1/180,000 maximum shutter speed

And while the X-T5 focuses more on photography, it is also capable of shooting 6.2K videos in standard 30fps.


For pre-orders, the Fujifilm X-T5 body is priced at PhP 109,990. Customers can avail of the 18-55mm Kit for PhP 134,990 or the 16-80mm Kit for PhP 141,990.

Pre-orders come with a free Manfrotto backpack and one (1) year extended service warranty.

As an option, Fujifilm has also revealed the XF30mmF2.8 R LM WR macro lens to pair with the camera.

This lens is capable of 1:1 macro, features advanced auto-focus, and is weather-resistant for users to be able to shoot in virtually any condition. For sample images, click here.

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Sony vlogging camera ZV-1F to be available in the Philippines

Pricing details to follow




With the year about to conclude, Sony has released another go-to vlogging camera option in the compact ZV-1F, to be available in the Philippines soon.

The pocket-sized camera is optimized for creators, carrying easy-to-use vlogging functions and advanced connectivity features.

The ZV-1F has a fixed ultra-wide angle 20mm F2.0 prime lens, making it ideal especially for selfie shooting while still capturing a wide field of view.

Capable of shooting up to 4K in 30fps and full HD in 120p, among the device’s standout features are:

  • Background bokeh and face priority AE
  • Skin tone optimization and Soft Skin Effect
  • High-precision focusing and Eye AF
  • Slow motion (up to 5x slower) and quick motion (up to 60x faster) options

With Active Mode image stabilization, users can be guaranteed of steady and smooth footage even when filming while walking or on the move.

The camera can even be used as a live-streaming tool if one pairs it with the right software. The ZV-1F is also compatible with Sony’s shooting grip with wireless remote commander (GP-VPT2BT).

Thanks to its 3-capsule mic, the device also has crystal clear audio pickup, while connectivity is also seamless with Sony’s new Image Edge Mobile Plus smartphone app.

Captured content can easily be transferred to phones and then uploaded to social media.

Pricing and availability for the ZV-1F will be announced soon.

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