It so happened that my family (my wife and I) is connected with photography and with the advent of a child, my daughter began to take the initiative in this matter as well. At the moment, the child is 4.5 years old and the desire to shoot is growing at a tremendous speed. She likes to take pictures with our mobile phones, but it’s still too early for a child to have her own phone, so it was logical to give her a gift in the form of her own camera.
First, the search stopped at a model with ears and a hare face, and then they found a camera with instant printing. Of course, this is not Polaroid, because printing takes place in B / W on paper from the cash terminal, but still.
So, the choice was from blue and pink options, since I have a daughter, the color is naturally pink. Arrived surprisingly quickly, about 2.5 weeks.
We open the package and get acquainted with the contents:
The kit comes with:
- charging cable
- paper for printing (3pcs)
Paper 57mm wide, check ribbons are suitable for replacement. The cost per coil is about 30 rubles in a stationery store.
- Dimensions: 129*10*58mm
- Weight: 250 g
- Display: 2.4″ 320*240
- Photo resolution: 4032 * 2880px (maximum)
- Video resolution: 1920*1080 (maximum)
- Maximum Memory: 4GB
- Battery: 1200mAh
- Charging time: 2–3 hours
- Speaker: 8Ω 1W
- Roll Width: 57mm
The camera itself has a classic appearance, but in children’s performance. The color scheme is two-tone. In the open spaces, Ali found a similar camera, but without ears and a peephole, it looks ridiculous and far from childish.
The front has a speaker grille and a paper compartment. On the back is a 2.4″ display and controls. The display is not the brightest and in the sun it forces you to cover it with your hand to see the frame being shot.
Since we have a typical camera and an appropriate grip, rubber inserts are provided on the sides. Under the right insert is a microUSB connector for charging and a microSD slot for a memory card. The camera comes with a 4GB card from Kingston.
On the bottom of the case there is a sticker with the model name and power parameters (5V2A).
A feature of the camera is the viewfinder swivel mechanism, if desired, you can turn the camera towards yourself and take a portrait.
The controls are a little overloaded, but the child quickly figured out what was what. So,
- OK — action selection / “shutter release”
- arrows ↑↓ — move through the menu
- M — selection of preset masks (20 pieces)
- gallery icon — view footage
- / — switching photo / video
- ← — undo the last action
- ON/OFF — enable/disable thermal printer operation
There are about 20 preset masks, there are both full-fledged masks and individual animals that are simply superimposed on the frame.
The settings menu allows you to make basic settings, and go to the pre-installed game (snake). The maximum photo resolution is 12MP, video is 1080p.
Translation into Russian is lame, but does not cause trouble.
When viewing the footage, you can send any of the frames to print. To do this, just press the OK button and select “print” (provided that the printer operation slider is in the ON position).
Consider the paper tray. It opens quite elementary, for this special grooves are provided. The flip cover has a rolling roller that presses the paper. To tear off the paper, small knives are provided in the upper part of the case.
Before starting work, we install a paper spool, tucking it under the roller so that part of the paper sticks out and you can proceed to printing.
The printing process itself is quite fast (about 10 seconds per frame), at the end it is necessary to tear off the resulting photo using the same knives in the upper part.
The image quality (without printing) is quite good for such a device, and with the right composition and exposure of the frame, you can get a pleasing result. Frame resolution 4032*2880px. Focus fixed.
The process of photographing with instant printing makes the child incredibly happy, and the way my daughter sees and builds the frame makes me happy.
Look at the shots below, they are completely taken by my daughter at 4.5 years old.
Well, here’s my test shot:
The size of the received frame is 83*43mm. The length of the coil is 20 meters. In theory, one roll should be enough for 154 photographs. In the first days, my daughter printed 2/3 of the roll, and the percentage of charge (battery capacity 1200mAh) probably dropped by half, but the camera has not yet been charged.
UPD. When the battery level is low, images are printed with streaks. After charging the camera, this feature is not observed.
Verdict. The Pickwoo children’s camera has a nice performance, a rotating camera, good picture quality and an instant image printing function. To say that the child was satisfied is to say nothing.
Yes, the menu is a little confusing and you have to prompt for basic controls, but otherwise it’s a pretty good device that works flawlessly. Glitches during operation (a little more than a week) are not observed, photos are regularly recorded on a memory card, and reels of paper run out at the speed of light.
So, if your child is interested in the process of photographing, then a camera with an instant print function will be a great gift!