Don’t buy a cheap camera from Wish – they can’t even compete with an 11-year-old camcorder

Sep 3, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Don’t buy a cheap camera from Wish – they can’t even compete with an 11-year-old camcorder

Sep 3, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Some people seem to like to punish themselves. One such person is YouTuber Ashens, who seems to regularly buy the crappiest things he can find in order to consistently waste his time and money or simply risk his wellbeing. And true to form, he bought several cameras from Wish (yes, Wish again).

The four cameras ranged in price from £25 up to £71 (~$33-95). Given that they were cheap and, well, from Wish, it wasn’t really fair to put them up against a modern mirrorless camera or DSLR. So, Ashens pitted them against his Panasonic HDC-SD90, released in 2011. Surely they could compete with an almost decade-old consumer camera… right?

You might be wondering if any of the cameras were worth the purchase price – and the seven-month wait for them to arrive… Well, I won’t spoil it too much for you, except to say that they’re not as great as one might hope. You’ll just have to watch the video – Warning: there is a little humorous profanity.

The features listed on the box and even within the in-camera menu system are lying, with three of them claiming that they shoot higher resolutions than they actually do, and while the last one kind of does what it says, it looks like it might simply be upscaling. But they’re even more terrible than just that, as you’ll see.

But if you’d been thinking about trying one of those cheap cameras from Wish (and I’ve managed to find the $95 one on Amazon for only $60) then just… don’t. Please, don’t. Ok, maybe if you want to get a toy for a young child (assuming choking hazards don’t break off) and it doesn’t matter if they kill it.

But beyond that, no. Pick yourself up an 11-year old Panasonic SD90 on eBay instead.

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “Don’t buy a cheap camera from Wish – they can’t even compete with an 11-year-old camcorder”

  1. Vincent Moschetti Avatar
    Vincent Moschetti

    Who would get anything from wish in the first place? ?

  2. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    This is how China despose off thier thrash and garbage; sell them.

  3. Andrew Stewart Avatar
    Andrew Stewart

    Probably made by an 11 year old in a forced labour camp who’s only wish is to keep both kidneys.

  4. Duncan Smith Avatar
    Duncan Smith

    Reminds me of all those 35mm trash cams.