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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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Olympus bids goodbye to its camera business

Bought by Japan Industrial Partners

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Olympus is a well-known brand due to its reliable DSLR cameras that offered alternatives to mainstream competitors like Canon, Sony, and Nikon. However, its camera business could soon be over. The company recently announced that it is selling its business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) — the same company that bought the iconic VAIO laptop line.

The announcement means an end to Olympus’ presence in the camera market. The company has been producing cameras ever since the 1930s. Some of its iconic products include the Olympus Pen and Zuiko lenses.

An ever-shrinking market for dedicated cameras and a much competitive market resulted in losses for its camera division in recent years. As such, the company decided to sell its camera division to JIP to streamline its operations.

However, that doesn’t mean an end to Olympus cameras. JIP said that they are going to continue releasing new OM-D DSLR cameras as well as Zuiko lenses.

To formalize the acquisition, both Olympus and JIP will sign a definitive agreement this September. Specific details about the acquisition are yet to be announced by both companies.

Source: The Verge

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Sony’s new ZV-1 camera is built for vlogging

Shipping in June

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How much personalization do you want your cameras to have? Some purists prefer completely manual cameras, allowing for absolute control over every aspect of their photos. Other professionals prefer a more consumer-friendly approach to photography, balancing easy-to-use functions with stellar photo quality.

Combining both aspects, the recently launched Sony ZV-1 is an all-in-one compact camera built specifically for casual video shooters. A boon to the vlogging community, the ZV-1 maintains both uncompromising video quality with ease of use.

Featuring a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest BIONZ X image processor, the camera shoots at 4K resolution with in-body image stabilization. Inside, a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 large-aperture lens allows for dynamic bokeh control. Named the Bokeh Switch feature, the camera can increase and decrease background blur according to preference without losing its main focus.

In the same vein, the new Product Showcase feature allows for an easy transition between different focal points, such as switching between a subject’s face and a focused object. As the name suggests, the feature helps vloggers easily unbox and review products.

A Face Priority autoexposure feature automatically adjusts the device’s exposure settings depending on the brightness of the background. It will prioritize the subject’s face, ensuring correct exposure settings regardless of background. With the feature, it’s easier to shoot in bright sunlight, low-light conditions, and transitioning quickly between the two.

Besides what’s inside, the camera is also built ergonomically for a casual shooter’s hands. Instead of the traditional vertically flipping screen, it carries a horizontally flipping LCD screen, allowing users to easily see what’s being caught on camera. It comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack and a wind screen accessory to reduce wind interference.

Sony will start selling the ZV-1 at authorized Sony stores and through Lazada starting June 2020. It will retail for US$ 799.99.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia 1 II camera phone now available for pre-order

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Use your Canon camera as a laptop webcam

Up the quality on your video call meetings

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Video conferencing is the new normal as most of us continue to work from home. Canon hopes to make the experience better with the EOS Webcam Utility Beta.

You may have noticed though that the video quality from your laptop’s webcam is not up to par with your smartphone’s front camera. Most manufacturers tend to put sub-par cameras on laptops. The reason: your laptop’s webcams were not that highly used before the whole COVID-19 situation.

To address this, Canon recently released a tool that will level up your video quality over online conferencing apps. The idea is to transform your Canon camera into a portable webcam. Simply plug-in an EOS or a PowerShot camera to your laptop, configure the software, and you now have a powerful webcam at your disposal.

The utility is called “EOS Webcam Utility Beta”. It’s a software that automatically configures your Canon camera into a portable web camera over a USB connection.

The caveat though is that only select EOS DSLR, EOS Mirrorless, and PowerShot cameras are compatible. The software is still in beta, but if you’re really determined to level up your video calling game, you can view the full list of compatible cameras here.

Grainy and lifeless videos will be a thing of the past for Canon users with this new tool. If you own a Canon EOS or DSLR camera, make sure to give this utility a try to improve your video chats with friends, family, or your fellow co-workers.

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