Paper Shoot Camera Review: An Accurate Digital Camera For Movie Lovers

Our phones give we have the possibility of filming our whole life. Unlike previous generations, we can document our world endlessly, without needing to carry a camera or pay – and wait – to develop the film. And yet, the resulting photos are not as good as the ones we got with film. The digital images are too posed, too high definition. When I look at an iPhone photo, instead of enjoying the moment, I look at all the flaws that the camera has magnified.

I recently watched Child 90, the Hulu documentary by Soleil Moon Frye (aka Punky Brewster), and was overwhelmed by the amount of incredible footage she had in her life. She filmed and photographed everything around her, and the documentary left me longing for a life I didn’t live. I feel something similar every time I see a great movie still of someone doing nothing special, like sitting at the desk in their first dorm, going out on a trip with friends, or moving into a new one. apartment.

Enter the Paper Shoot Digital Camera, a device that comes close to the feel and aesthetics of a film camera without having to develop. I started seeing the Paper Shoot Camera on TikTok a few months ago. As a movie buff looking for a more immediate experience – I regularly use film cameras, but buying and developing film is expensive and takes forever – I knew this camera was exactly what I needed.

Aesthetically pleasing

Like an old-fashioned analog camera, there are no screens on the Paper Shoot. When you take photos with it, you stay in the moment without feeling like you have to instantly verify that the photos are good (and then probably retake them). Remember when we just had to have faith that everything would be okay? Instead, you transfer the shots to your computer via the SD card later. The company recommends using a card with 32 gigabytes storage.

The actual photos also look like from the movie. The camera’s 13-megapixel image sensor produces large photos that have a great old-fashioned feel with just a little grain. There are four photo options: normal color, black and white, sepia tone, and blue tone. Whichever you choose, you’ll capture a memory beautifully, without the extreme high definition of your phone. There is no flash, so indoor photos need natural light, and nighttime photos may be slightly blurry. But I liked the effect of these limitations on my photos.

Other than the little switch on the back that toggles between these color settings, there’s nothing else to fiddle with. The only other button on the Paper Shoot is the shutter, which is placed on the front of the camera, where your index finger naturally wants to sit when you hold it.

DIY and pocket size

You assemble the Paper Shoot yourself.

Photography: Medea Giordano

These cameras come in a few separate parts: the slim printed circuit board, which has a cavity for two AAA batteries (rechargeable these are recommended) and the hard case cut from “stone paper,” a material made from powdered stone that has been pressed into a sheet. It’s nice to be able to see inside the camera and do a bit of editing work, although assembly is basic. It also comes with a paper wristband, but I’d rather do without it.

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