Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Cam ECS vs Kitted-out Stryfe
Over the past few days, I've been playing around with the Cam ECS-12 and pitting it up against a Stryfe that I've equipped with a Super Soaker adjustable stock (similar to a Raider), a Tactical Mission App cradle, and an iPhone 5C. I put standard batteries in both blasters and started breaking down the details between them. Range, comfort, ease of operation, quality of the video captured, there's a lot to nitpick with both of these setups.
In order to be able to accurately tell which one is better, a line has to be drawn for cost on both. I'm using Nerf-only products to compare against each other in an attempt to keep things as fair as possible.
The Nerf Cam ECS-12 retails for about $80. An 8-Pack of batteries to power the blaster and in-built camera it are about $8. So, a total of $88 to walk into a battle and record footage.
There's more to consider here than the money you'd potentially save by going with the cheaper setup. The Stryfe's versatile setup can be a plus, meaning you aren't limited to using it with this equipment. It doesn't have to have a stock, you don't need the added weight and bulk of the camera, you can extend the barrel if you like. There's an endless stream of possibilities with a blaster like this. The Cam ECS-12 has a fixed-length stock that isn't removable. The front barrel also lacks an adapter like the Stryfe, so this blaster is what it is aside from tactical rail options and different magazine sizes.
I'm not super heartbroken. If you get a good enough deal on a Cam ECS-12, like in the $20-$30 range, it's not a bad rifle. It doesn't jam (much), it gets decent range, and it's comfortable to use. Just ignore the camera bits, maybe repurpose that area of the blaster to be something else, maybe use the other 4 batteries to volt mod it with standard batteries, you have options. I already have a handful of mod ideas on the drawing board to make this a fun kit. Until then... I think I'll watch some of those entertaining Cam ECS reviews around YouBook and FaceTube.
Posted by Reverend at 4:34 PM