Nerf Blaster: Nerf N-strike Elite Nerf Cam Ecs-12 Blaster Review (Hasbro)
Prepare for battle with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam ECS-12 Blaster! The latest and possibly the best Nerf gun includes an onboard camera to shoot pictures or video – while you shoot darts at targets up to 85 feet away.
A Nerf camera gun is the dream of many kids and teens – but it comes at a hefty price. Is it worth it? Let’s find out what buyers thought.
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Nerf Elite Cam ECS-12 Blaster Features
* Fires up to 25 m (85 ft)
* Comes with 12 darts and a dart clip
* Built-in camera takes video or still photos
* 4GB SD card is included
* Stores 100 mins video or 2,000 photos
* Works with any Nerf Elite darts
* To be used under adult supervision
* Requires 8 AA batteries (not supplied)
* Age range: over 8
Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam ECS-12 Blaster Review
The Nerf toy brand was created by Parker Brothers way back in the 1970s, and is now owned by Hasbro. It began with toy basketballs and footballs, and moved on to guns. That range of guns and Nerf blasters now includes high tech weapons.
Nerf blaster fans will be familiar with the Nerf Elite foam dart guns the company makes. The missiles can travel a long way, and the soft foam tips shouldn’t cause any damage – provided, of course, that they aren’t fired directly at a person’s face. This gives realistic shooting fun and action for kids over 8 years old up to adult, without the mayhem and destruction that could arise from more solid projectiles being fired at this speed.
But the new Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam ECS-12 blaster adds a new twist – a built-in camera so you can record all the action with photos and even video. There’s a small (1.7 inch) viewing screen on the gun, so you can see what you’re aiming the camera at. You simply switch the camera on, select either photo or video mode, and press the button to snap a photo or start recording video.
The Nerf Elite Cam ECS-12 has been specially designed for one-handed blaster operation, so you have the other hand free to operate the camera when you need it. Pictures and video clips are stored on a 4 GB SD memory card that you can take out and load into a computer or tablet to save and share the best moments from the day.
When it comes to the actual shooting action from the Nerf Cam ECS-12 blaster, it’s what you’d expect of the latest and best Nerf guns. It comes with a clip of 12 darts, which you can shoot either one by one or in accelerated mode for motorized blasting.
The noise from the motor was one of the few things that reviewers didn’t like, in this otherwise exciting and well designed Nerf camera gun. You can hear it on video clips, and it means it’s difficult to sneak up on people. But safety-conscious parents may be glad of this – and your household pets will definitely be happier for an audible warning!
The darts are regular Nerf Elite foam-tipped projectiles which you may already have for other Nerf blasters. If not, you can easily order more. Parental supervision is advised for safety reasons – if parents aren’t using the gun themselves! You will need 8 AA batteries, 4 for the motor on the gun and 4 for the camera. Rechargeable is best so you save money.
The price is high, perhaps, compared with other Nerf guns or the new BoomCo Rapid Madness Blaster, but of course none of those have cameras. Being able to film your battles and games is a huge bonus that we feel makes it worth the price. It’s a lot of fun – and you may be able to get a deal on Amazon, in any case.
Published 8 December 2014