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Review | Paper Shoot & Paper Camera – Japan Cypress Wood Series

(unpaid review / not sponsored)
So my 21st birthday is coming up this October (solo celebrating woohoo~~) and my sister decided to purchase this for me as a birthday present. Quite an expensive choice of a gift but I really, really do appreciate it a lot.
Now the concept of non-professional cameras has been around for quite a while, mostly film cameras for adults and kids. This one though, it’s not a professional camera but it uses SD cards for photo shooting. At the same time, these cameras are made with stone paper. Not papers on drugs but papers made out of eco-friendly stone papers from Taiwan. These fresh concepts are really impressive because instead of aiming at photo quality, they focused more on the environment’s benefit as well as expressing art in a whole new different way.

Paper Shoot

The cassette-tape sized cameras are eco-friendly, stylish, affordable along with a casing made out of stone paper. They used inorganic mineral powder as the main material of stone paper (innovated in Taiwan) while manufacturing without polluting the water and using gas. Not only does this saves trees but it’ll also provide higher durability while being water-resistant. After a long-term solar radiation, you can dispose it without guilt as it will be naturally decomposed. Paper Shoot’s team aspires to promote forward-thinking, environmentally sustainable products. They aimed use even more eco-friendly materials to make our products in the future for the sake of the next generations.

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Review

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Let me explain my experience with this camera first.

In the beginning, this product has given me the impression that this idea is completely fresh out of the oven. Not only that it captures pictures like a regular camera, but it is also sleek, eco-friendly and aesthetic, which is unlikely of DSLRs and other compact cameras. Although the strap given was kinda…. thin, I believe that I don’t have the need to strap it onto my camera but it’s always a good idea to provide customers with it. There’s also the microSD USB cable to transfer the photos onto your computer if you’re reluctant to eject the card out but meh, I’m the type who pulls it out. (wait this doesn’t sound right)

Focus on the camera: the shuttle button is a bit stiff so you would need to keep your hands firm while pressing the button. The lenses are easy to attach, detach and be kept but I’m not the type to use them too. (Wah, give you free stuff but don’t use, win liao lor) Ehhem. Anyway, the camera has like shockingly good resolutions and they take really good pictures but a few catches. You can’t tell exactly which angle it is capturing, just like Instax cameras. You also need a lot of light to keep the resolution high. Keep in mind that this isn’t a DSLR.

But overall, the experience with this camera is good. It’s a completely different level of fine-art. I would totally recommend this product especially for those who are seeking presents-to-gift that are unexpected, unique and one-of-a-kind.

Let’s move on to the product introduction.

Camera set includes:

Washable paper strap, Camera board, JP Cypress case, Micro USB cable, Brass Fasteners, Fisheye Lens & Wide Angle Lens, and extra fasteners (plastic)

A neck strap can be attached to the camera via the fasteners.

Camera (Assembled):

The camera has already been assembled when I received it. Not sure if you get to assemble the camera when you purchase it from the store. I actually like this design a lot because it’s so urban and modest. Whether or not I’m using the words rights, what I’m trying to say is that it fits my personality damn well. Besides, I have the same preference as my dad – nature & woody.

Front:

Two screws, a hole, another hole with a lens, a shuttle button

Back:
Two screws, four filters, two leds and another hole for the battery.
Sides:
The left side has the micro USB slot.
The right side has a memory card slot.
( Ignore the labelled wording, correct one is [back, front] and [front, back]. )

Opening up the Case

You can simply open up the case by unscrewing the screws (with/without a screwdriver. I used my fingertips and lightly twist the screws until they’re loose.)

Camera (Disassembled):

Camera Board:

Front:
I’ve pretty much forgotten what are the components on the circuit board but some of the obvious ones are a camera lens and a compartment slot for the SD memory card.

Back:

 

JP Cypress Case Board

Inner:

Outer:

Lenses:

 A fish-eye lens (larger) and a macro lens (smaller).
A metal cover to protect the inner screen of the lens when unused.

Macro Lens:

Fish Lens:

 

Power on

… by placing batteries into the compartment after unscrewing the metal screws. Make sure you screw them back after placing the batteries in.

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Photo samples Without Lenses or Filters

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*more will be uploaded*

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Directions & Info

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Turn On: Press and hold the shutter button, located on the front of the camera, for 3 seconds until the first LED turns blue.

 

Shoot: To take a photo, click the shutter button, and the second LED will then flash blue for 2 to 3 seconds. Once the beep sound and light stops flashing the photograph has been taken.
Turn Off: Press and hold the shutter button for 5 seconds until the first LED goes out. Note: PaperShoot will turn off after 90 seconds if not in use.

 

Photo Effects: There are four photo effects, including, Normal, Black & White, Sepia, and Blue. These can be easily changed by flicking the photo effect switch left or right to get the desired selection.

Normal:
Black:
Sepia:
Blue:

Battery

The first LED holding a continuous flash indicates a flat battery and must be replaced.
When your PaperShoot cannot turn on, this is also an indication that the battery must be replaced. Automatically shutdown or shutdown after press the shutter button. Two AAA Alkaline batteries will be required for PaperShoot and can be accessed by unscrewing the plastic fasteners allowing the cover to be opened.

Memory Card Error

The second LED holding a continuous flash indicates the memory card is full. The absence of a memory card will also result in the right LED holding a continuous flash. Please use a standard SD memory card (up to 32 GB).
Both LED flashing: It means camera can’t recognize SD card.
1. The SD is not inserted well, please remove SD and insert it again.
2. The T-flash is not inserted into the adapter.
Both LED flashing in turn: It means camera read error SD card.
1. Format the SD or try another SD under 32GB.
2. Unlock SD and re-try again.

Maintenance

  • Do not expose PaperShoot to any form of water, including rain, moisture, dripping or splashing.
  • Do not subject PaperShoot to excessive vibration, force, or pressure.
  • Do not attempt to repair any unit by yourself.
  • Keep small parts in a safe place and out of the reach of children under 5.

 

Resolution and Format

Each photo has 5,038,848 effective pixels with JPEG format. No date will be displayed on this version.

Blurry photos?

 

  • A dirty lens can result in dirty photos, and must, therefore, be cleaned if required.
  • A poorly lit environment may cause the PaperShoot to incorrectly perform the auto focus adjustment function, which can result in an unclear photo.
  • Excessive reflection of light from an object within the picture may lead to blurred photos.
  • Pictures can also blur due to vibration while taking a photo.

 

Where & What

They have a total of 10 collections and some accessories available from their website. If you’d like to see physical products, you can always head to Take a Shot cafe, a freaking cool place with a well-light environment (thanks to the sun) that is extremely Instagram-friendly! (Food is good too.)
The prices of the cameras start at RM300 and they probably have more than 30 designs available. I found some designs that are very suitable for the majority of the cools kids these days.

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That’s all for this blog post!

A bit disoriented but hey, not much function available on blogger (Hey Blogger, time to do something bout this! ><)  Anyway, see y’all in the next post!

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(4) Comments

  1. Whoa!! This camera so special but I don't think I know how to use. Wow, your sister was good to you anyway 🙂

    Love,
    MissJasJas
    http://www.missjasjas.blogspot.com

  2. Cute little camera. Reminds me of Lomo series of cameras. Design and style wise are like Range Finder type of cameras (Leica for example). The usage style is just like RF cameras…you have to guestimate the view.

  3. I bought that camera too, but in my country i dont know people in here buy it too or not because it not too popular in here :'

    Sthhrrr.blogspot.co.id

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love your review. It basically says everything about the Paper Shoot camera 'coz I just purchased one, too. Although I've reformatted my SD card several times, the LED lights keep on blinking T.T Huhuhu. That's the catch – you need a spare SD card or bring a laptop to reformat your SD card. Overall, the product is really nice.

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