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The joycam is basically a smaller version of the classic 80's gadget, the Polaroid camera. It uses a special film which as you probably already know 'develops' itself within a few minutes of taking the picture. Its a good way to take instant pictures, and the quality of the snaps is good too. As the camera is smaller than the standard Polaroid camera, the pictures are slightly smaller too and measure 11.2 x 6.4cm. This gives them a widescreen style quality which I like. It also means the pictures can easily fit in your wallet or small frame. The camera itself only offers basic facilities : flash, or no flash! Once you've taken the picture you have to pull the yellow handle (Which you can see in the picture) to get the picture out of the camera, and then you basically leave it to develop itself. I think that this manual release is one of the main reasons why the camera is smaller, the larger Polaroid models are motorised. I was worried that the manual removal might smear the pictures or damage them in some way, but its not a problem. Other then that, its a case of point, snap and wait for the picture. So, the cameras easy to use, fun and produces good quality pictures. But there must be a downside, right? Well, the films are comparatively expensive as they cost around £6 for ten photos. However, I think this cost is offset by the fact that you get your pictures almost straight away, without a loss of quality. Also the cameras quite big and clunky! I was initially confused by the lack of battery panel, but it turned out that the batteries are built into the film, which I thought was a neat feature. To be honest, the only problem that I have with the camera is that there is no shutter control so the camera is always ready to take a picture. Even when its just sitting in a bag. Taking pictures of the inside of the bag. I was lucky enough to get my Joycam free with a subscription to FHM as part of a limited pr
omotion. I eagerly waited for it to arrive through the post, and when it did I wasn't disappointed! It has a couple of negative points, but I think the positive points totally outweigh them. And when you consider that the basic camera only costs around £18 and comes with a film, you're getting a brilliant deal. It would certainly make a good present for someone, young or old.
The Joycam is the cheaper alternative to the larger Polaroids, with a lower price as well. However, the smaller picture limits its utility. Recently I had to get an instant camera, so I headed into my local chemist and after a quick look, got the Joycam for £15. The film cost additional £8. Upon opening the box, it's clear why the camera is so cheap: it's completely manual, and it's made in China. Instead of the motorized eject you see on the larger Polaroids, you get a MANUAL eject (that yellow ring in the picture above). The only thing you can adjust is whether to turn on the flash or not via a big plastic switch on the top. The whole thing is plastic, and extremely light. I'm afraid of dropping it... And the strangest thing is... I can't find any place to replace the battery that power the flash! After taking about 12 pictures, I decided I don't like the camera that much. The picture size looks to be less than 3 square inches, or about 65% of a regular Polaroid. It's just too small to be useful. It is just about idiotproof, since there's nothing to adjust, but you'll have to be steady since blurring can occur (two of my pictures came out blurred). If your hands do not shake, then the quality is acceptable, if a little washed out looking typical of all Polaroids. The film is also not readily available. I walked into the chemist to get replacement film, only to find they don't carry the camera nor the film. They do have plenty of the regular Polaroid 600 series film though. With the regular Polaroids (the 600's) sometimes discounted to £20 (see your local Costco warehouse), and wider availability of the 600 series film, I can't recommend the Joycam. If you have kids, the smaller "sticker cam" may be more suitable.
Offering one of the best value ways into instant photography these cameras retail for about £15 with the films costing about £6 for 10 shots. Print quality is acceptable and the camera is smaller than a standard 600 series Polaroid camera easily fitting into a handbag. The prints produce are about credit card size, ideal for instant memories of a great party or showing off a new born child. The camera also makes a great unusual birthday or xmas gift at a reasonable price.
Since my daughter was born, we have (as I guess many families do!) taken loads of pictures of our pride and joy, and continue to do so at the rate of at least one a week. I found that in the first few months, we'd take pictures, but found having to wait until the film was finished was much too long to wait, and by the time we got the pictures back, she'd be a lot older. Then we discovered the Joycam. Smaller (though not as small as an APS camera) and cheaper than a full sized polaroid camera, it take wallet sized photos. It's cheap and requires no batteries as the film cartridge provides power for the flash. The quality's not bad either. It was ideal. Instead of taking a big wallet full of photos round to friends and family (not forgetting work!), we'd take the latest pictures with us in our wallets. We also didn't have to worry too much if the camera was knocked about a bit. Although it doesn't provide negatives, with today's technology (scanning etc), it is not impossible to have reprints.
I have only had the camera for a little while so the novelty will probably wear of soon but at the minute i think it is great. It is fun quick and easy to use and you take it anywhere. The best thing about it is you don't have to go to the chemist everytime you want your film developed but the cost of the film is very expensive compared to a normal camera film and you only get 12 photos with a polaroid camera compared to a standard 36 photos with a normal camera The actual camera is quite inexpansive campared to normal cameras. It is also quite bulky compared to normal camera so it maybe not suitable to go everywhere. I would recommend this camera to a friend and strangers
A polaroid camera is fun as well as practical. You can get your photos immediately so you don't have to bother about developing it or worry about forgetting to. The initial camera is not epensive but you have to bear in mind the costs of the film. These can make the running of the camera very expensive. Not only is the cost of a single film dearer than an ordinary film and the developing costs but the cheapest films which are not cheap only have about 12 photos on them. Once the novelty of the camera has worn off you will definately not use it for everyday photos and you will most probably forget about it all together.
The Polaroid Joycam, as with any Polaroid camera is an instant photo taker which relies on special film that comes equipped with a battery; at a price a little above average films. Polaroid cameras themselves have come down in price since the 80's, and variations of the popular photography product have emerged, one of them including the Joycam. The main difference between a Joycam and a standard Polaroid camera is the camera takes 500 series film which produces wallet (widescreen like) size photos, and the camera itself is shorter in depth but wider in width, and comes in either black or silver colours, a free pack of film (10 shots), a film counter, a flash, a shooting condition switch and an acceptable lens and view finder. The film is easy to load, and pictures are taken at a simple click of a button. To get your picture, you simply have to pull a handle to release the photo which will bleed within a few minutes before the final good result is produced. This camera is cheaper than it's elder brother alternative, and it's build and ease in nature makes it the ideal first camera for kids too (without the patronising 'kids camera' title), and you can store the photos in your wallet. A great Polaroid camera for a great price.