The Olympus iSnap

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The Olympus ISnap is a cool looking camera taking ideas from a computer giant Macintosh with the name ISnap and translucent plastics and pearly paint job. Unfortunately, this camera lacks in performance and carries nothing more than just a nice-looking camera with a borrowed looks and name.

Photo from Amazon.com

I bought this Olympus iSnap camera at a yard sale for a few dollars some weeks ago. I was attracted to it because of the similarity to those really nice translucent, modern color plastic, all in one computers the" I-Mac", that Macintosh came out with in the early 2000’s.

The Olympus iSnap camera was made for the tween market (for the ages 8-12 year old) in 2001. The iSnap seems to evoke some kind of Mac- ism to it by its color and chassis design and name. Mine is a nice tri-tone plastic of pearly white with lime green detailing around the lens and the gripper around the camera, the snap button is tangerine orange. It looks a lot like the stylish iMac of the time.

This camera is an APS that only shoots the full frame classic and no other options that the other APS cameras offer. APS film and cameras were made for the easy way of loading and shooting, sort of like the Instamatic of the day. With this camera you just pop the film in and shoot. This Snap is truly a point and shoot camera and there is no more fumbling around with the take up spool.

I popped in a roll of expired film and gave the ISnap a whirl. However, I was disappointed. The flash does not seem to have enough power to do a snaps in a twenty foot room. I tried a few, two to three feet flower close ups and this also turned out disappointing and blurry. I would not recommend this camera to anyone, unless you are buying it for the way it looks and historical context. To conclude, the Olympus ISnap is a big disappointment.

written by blue-dog on 2011-10-05 in #reviews #macintosch #olympus #i-snap #blue-dog #lomography #isnap #tween #i-mac #mac-ism #user-review #imac #olympus-cameras #aps

3 Comments

  1. alpacaangel
    alpacaangel ·

    some interesting moments with this snapper

  2. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    Rest in peace Steve Jobs 1955-2011

  3. rodrigo_correia
    rodrigo_correia ·

    Lovely pictures!!! I would love this camera. Sell it or send it to me :D

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