Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Is the Cam ECS-12 Worth It? Build it!!
To find out, let's break down what exactly you're getting with this blaster and compare it to alternative setups.
First, let's consider it's size. This is a rifle-style blaster, roughly the size of a RapidStrike with a fixed-length shoulder stock. There are N-Strike Tactical Rails on the top and underneath the main barrel. It also comes with a 12-round Magazine with Elite Darts. For our purposes, let's put a value on just the dart blaster itself between the RapidStrike and a Stryfe, so about $27. The blaster is powered by 8 AA Batteries, and a pack of Energizers is about $10. A 4GB SD Memory Card, which stores the photos and video captured by the Cam ECS-12, are about $5 online. So we're up to $42 with what we've got so far.
Now comes the camera equipment. This is a little tricker, since there's really no way to BUILD a camera into your Stryfe or RapidStrike like the Cam ECS-12 has already set up. However, if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can buy a $15 Nerf Tactical Mission App thing that will attach to the rail on top and capture video. You can even skip the cost of an SD card and have a $35 Dollar "Cam" Stryfe with your phone recording the action! However, that iOS Device probably cost you quite a bit of money... so that blasts this comparison in the eyeball. You could also argue that not everyone HAS an iPhone, so the Cam ECS is still a better setup... but let's do the math.
We still need to mount this somewhere ON the blaster, which still gives the Cam ECS-12 the upper hand. Sure you could Duct Tape the Kodak on the side of your Stryfe, but to actually get some kind of hardware that will hold the camera, it's a little trickier. You could modify that Nerf Tactical Mission App cradle, but that piece alone will put you over budget. So... in the end, it appears Nerf may have actually priced the Cam ECS-12 right.
Add in the fact that Nerf has somehow increased the range on this blaster up to 85-90 feet and it's either a close race or a tough call. Clearly, to justify shelling out $80 for the Cam ECS-12, you need to have a NEED for a battle-camera blaster. Just purchasing it for the range and performance won't make the money worth it, so already this blaster has a limited audience. But if you're that guy who wants to post his epic Nerf kills on FaceTube or YouBook, this is cheaper and smarter than any equivalent I can think of.
Honestly, I was expecting for the math to kill the Cam blaster. After taking a look at cost, performance, and convenience, this blaster actually hits the mark. Let's not rule out that it actually looks like a cool blaster, so I'm happily surprised to report that, despite my initial thoughts, the Nerf N-Strike Cam ECS-12 is worth that pricetag as long as you NEED a battle-cam rifle of whiteout-looking goodness.
Posted by Reverend at 5:11 PM