Kid tech Kickstarter spotlight: myFirst Insta Wi – cam w/printer

Hard stop – saying do not get this at this point until the firmware or picture quality is addressed – see comments for details.

I’ve added a tag for the MyFirst Insta Wi issues/reviews. Click here to see all of ’em. See this for alllllll the problems…

About a year ago I started a review on the myFirst camera. This was a ruggedized kid-friendly instant camera that could print out photos in black and white using a built in thermal printer. It shipped with a gig of storage (expandable to 32,) and with a 12mp camera seemed to be a pretty cool little device.

A year in and my fridge is littered with black and white photos of me and Kim taken from approximately 2 feet under our noses, usually with a sticker applied or a filter that added bunny ears.

The next generation of the camera, the myFirst Insta Wi is in my hands now, and launching a kickstarter at 9am Eastern Standard Time between August 14th and October 14th 2021. The myFirst Insta Wi will be about $70 on Kickstarter.

The main differences between the original myFirst Camera and the Insta Wi appear to be WiFi connectivity, an app, a 16mp sensor, and the ability to print stickers it looks like. Based on the video below it appears there’s some special sticker paper included but I don’t see it on my info.

I’ll be testing the new version starting tonight should everything go as planned and will have a proper review up sometime during the Kickstarter.

I’d be remis as a reviewer if I didn’t cover what was wrong, and hopefully now fixed, with the previous generation’s offering – blocky image compression (fixable with a firmware update, but 12mp was effectively 3-5 due to jpeg compression settings,) SD cards that shipped were slow (which caused lockups,) no documentation on reset button (which I found,) but generally they’ve been pretty solid. Also hated that I had to pop the cards or locate a cable to transfer photos (which this may have fixed with the WiFi connectivity) – My kids also had quite a bit of trouble with the old one plugging in a micro USB to charge. Here’s to hoping for a better connection that’s less easy to break.

Check out their kickstarter starting tomorrow at 8am Eastern

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2 thoughts on “Kid tech Kickstarter spotlight: myFirst Insta Wi – cam w/printer

  • Whoah – going to say hard stop on this one – attaching pictures and I’ve got an email into them about what this thing is producing – quick rundown, I don’t doubt there’s a 12mp camera in there, but it’s producing 400×300 quality photos at the very very best (all blurry and pixelated). Attached is under perfect lighting conditions

  • I’m going to post this as a comment update – the PR firm got in touch with them and they claimed that the effective resolution should be in the 1472×1104 range. In case you’re following along, that’s 1.6mpix, not 12.

    “Great opportunity for your kids to unleash photography and videography skills. With the 12MP front & selfie cameras, it can take photos from 3MP all the way up to 12MP and also 1920×1080 videos as well. It’s time to give your mobile phone (and camera) a rest.”

    1920×1080 videos would be 2mp.

    So, to be clear

    640×480 = 0.3mp
    1024×768= almost 0.8mp
    1280×720= 0.9mp
    2560×1440= “2K” resolution / 3.6mp
    3840×2160= “4K” resolution / 8.2mp
    4247×2826= 12mp – this would be somewhere between 5 & 6K tv resolution

    The pictures below and what I have since taken are claiming 12mp, but have image data for about a tenth of that.


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