[Disclaimer: it is a cheesy title – I know – but now let’s move on]
Over the past couple of years, I have repeatedly seen this camera online, and it always sparked my curiosity. Then, a couple of months ago, when I was made redundant, I saw yet another video of them. I finally bought it with some helpful encouragement from Caoimhe to buy myself something nice as a memento from that job.
Now, it took a while to arrive as it was coming from the other side of the planet, but eventually, it arrived at my front door about one month ago. Honestly, I was obsessed from the get-go. Even prettier in person, I couldn’t wait to get started with it!
To give you the run down, a ‘Paper Shoot’ camera is a screenless, digital camera consisting of a circuit board, 2 AAA batteries, and an SD card, all encased in a ‘stone paper’ covering. Its purpose is to give you film style photos without the film itself. In fact, you can’t see any of the pictures you take until you upload them to a computer or laptop. I really enjoy the air of mystery of never knowing just how good or bad the image has come out. Even the viewfinder is a simple cut out in the paper, so every photo taken is kind of a gamble until you get used to it.
It comes with four different filters; a normal one, black and white, a green tone, and a blue tone. I personally like the green one best as I think it gives the most old school film vibe.
As I’ve been busy with work, I have only had a handful of occasions to break out this new camera so far, but as summer progresses, I know I’ll have an endless supply of memories taken! For now, please excuse my awkward camera angles while I am still trying to get a grasp of it. I hope you will be able to see the gradual improvement.
The day it first arrived, I wanted to use it straight away. Before anything, though, I needed to set it up. After some struggling, I sourced some functioning batteries, grabbed an SD card and managed to get to work.
One thing I will recommend is using rechargeable batteries over regular ones, as they appear to work better.
The box itself contained the camera circuit board and case and a second case I ordered with it for a switch up and the other lenses. I bought the wide and macro lenses myself but received a prism lens too, which was such a cute surprise!
I didn’t have a whole lot of anything exciting to shoot, so it was down to myself and Emily to enjoy an afternoon of modelling. Including, but not limited to, some breakfast out in the garden, some reading and obviously some posing for the camera.
Once everything was working correctly, we got to work. The weather was so beautiful, which always helps. I just took so many random photos that day to get the most out of it. Some turned out quite… rough, but I think I slowly learnt what to do.
Later into the week, I went out for dinner and (some non-alcoholic) drinks with Caoimhe and brought the camera for another test run. Another good point to mention about the Paper Shoot is just how small and light it is! It is so practical to pop into your pocket or bag—one of the things I much prefer about ut to my film camera, which is significantly bulkier. Not to mention all the money I am saving on film too!
I personally think we struggled a little more with the camera on this evening out, but nonetheless, I think they are cute memories!
And last but not least, perhaps my favourite as I actually had just gotten my hair done, a well-deserved trip out of my home town. Also, I think at this point, I was starting to get the hang of the mysterious viewfinder!
I was pretty content with this selection of photos for multiple reasons; as I mentioned above, I was fresh out of the hairdressers, I finally got out of my town, I found the cutest plant shop of all time, and I managed to stock up on Spanish food! More on that in a future post, but for now, know that a lot of my money will be going there from here on out.
So that’s it for now! My main adventures with this new camera to date. I’d definitely recommend it if you are in the market for a new point-and-shoot camera with that lovely film aesthetic. Its compact size is so practical and effective; you can toss it in any bag without worrying about space. Not to forget about all the filter options, and genuinely, it’s just such a cute little camera. What’s not to love!