Disderi 3 Lens Robot Camera – The Cutest Camera Ever

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Isn't it the cutest camera you've ever seen? For me, it was love at first sight, I just had to buy it. I figured out that even if the pictures would be terrible, the camera would still be useful as an interior object because of its looks. Fortunately, I found out that the pictures turn gorgeous as well... and surprisingly shaped.

photo by Retro To Go

The Japanese surely love gadgets and cameras … so of course they also adore toy-cameras. When I was travelling in Japan, I saw the disderi 3 lens robot camera in a gadget shop and I really couldn’t resist. I bought this Asian beauty in white with the pink ‘face’, but they also exist in other colors, such as white with green or black with orange.

The aperture is fixed at f8 and also shutter and focus are fixed. Don’t bother looking through the viewfinder, because it will only give you a wrong idea. Just don’t think, point and shoot … like you always should. I tried with ISO 400 negative 35mm film and that’s fine for almost all light conditions, from sunny days to brightly lit indoor scenes or even sunsets. This camera is perfect for beginners because you really can’t do anything wrong. But don’t worry: also if you’re an experienced (action) Lomographer, you’ll have a lot of fun with this baby.

Yes it’s true, it’s another actionsampler camera. Then what makes this one so special? Why should you buy this one? First of all: the design is so cute that you’re guaranteed to make other people smile when you point at them with your robot camera. Great plus: it’s very cheap! You can find really good online deals and it’ll propably be one of the cheapest new cameras you’ll ever buy.

But I haven’t talked about the best thing: the unique way the pictures look. The 3 lenses give you one wide image and two more ‘square’ ones, but in between them are round beautiful and unique borders that give your images an extra twist. The image is of course inverted, so normally you get the widest image on top of the picture. Best of all is that you can play with it: keeping your camera upside down, on the left or the right side, will give very different pictures. The disderi collection also exists with 2 or 4 lenses, but personally I prefer the 3 lens one, because of the typical borders and the possibility to turn. And last but not least: the sound when you click on the shutter is soooo funny that every click on the button is definitely fun!

written by tessaj on 2010-05-13 in #reviews #disderi #robot #plastic #actionsampler #35mm-film #disderi-3-lens-robot-camera #point-and-shoot

26 Comments

  1. ritamiguel
    ritamiguel ·

    I love it! i want one lol

  2. elletra
    elletra ·

    I've seen these on eBay, but I wasn't sure of the quality. Now that I see you're sample photos, I'll probably get one soon :D

  3. chikapop
    chikapop ·

    I love my robot! its also very easy to take the mask out for seamless pics. It's the best 4 bucks i ever spent.

  4. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    This little robot is made in China, I don't know maybe yours is a Japanese version. Anyway it's lovely and produces good sharp images, and the wide section enjoys a little slightly more exposure though. Your shots are marvelous I like them a lot, thanks......

  5. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    I had one of these and it lasted for exactly one roll of film :-( But I really liked the division of the pictures.

  6. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    I had one of these and it lasted for exactly one roll of film :-( But I really liked the division of the pictures.

  7. antibiotyx
    antibiotyx ·

    i so love this camera! great review. ;)

  8. lifeinsnapshots
    lifeinsnapshots ·

    wooooooow! :D
    it's really really cute! Awesome, I want one! <3

  9. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    congratz on review of the week!

  10. lactosefree
    lactosefree ·

    nice cam!

  11. middernachtlopper
    middernachtlopper ·

    The design is so so cute!

    I want one! :D

  12. maryjane
    maryjane ·

    i have one of this. the quality of the camera isn't the best, but it's pictures are surely fine!!! it's also possible to make great compositions, and it's a tinny camera as well, that fits into your pocket.

  13. ravingsockmonkey
    ravingsockmonkey ·

    I have one of these and it's awesome! So fun to just point it at something and click... then you hear that very distinctive "BRRRP!" sound. :) Also good for grabbing quick shots out the window while at a red light. :D

  14. danieldk
    danieldk ·

    I Love my Robot !!!

  15. lola_juanlu
    lola_juanlu ·

    we would like to use this camera!!. The photos are amazing!!
    Congratulations for the article from Spain.

  16. jkenzer
    jkenzer ·

    I just bought one off eBay today for $12. Ships from Hong Kong so I have to wait a few weeks to get it. Can't wait.

  17. vesterdi
    vesterdi ·

    Hello there!!
    I have a question,
    up there someone was tellin' that
    he used once his camera and then it
    was useless.... I want one so bad and I
    think i'm gonna buy it on eBay but I'm
    afraid that it won't last too long... I would
    really want an answer from someone!!!!
    Hope u help me :D
    bye!!

  18. tessaj
    tessaj ·

    Hi Vesterdi! I have mine for about a year now and it still works perfectly ... I guess you'll need some luck and you'll have to treat the robot camera gently :-) Just keep it in a good bag and be nice to it!

  19. cycling_geek
    cycling_geek ·

    I just bought this camera today! Am I kinda outdated?

  20. haylomoley
    haylomoley ·

    Oh no, i just received the 4 lens camera, now I also want the 3 lens one! oh!!

  21. gm_mcleod
    gm_mcleod ·

    This camera is great!! I just got one and love the look!! I'm not sure why the long one is usually slightly out of focus but it is a great cheap camera!!

  22. chrisdae
    chrisdae ·

    i bought this camera about a year ago. even if i'm indoors with the lights on the image turns out pitch black. It only works nicely when i'm outside, in natural sunlight. Does anyone have this problem too?

  23. chestnutmocha
  24. emmymarie
    emmymarie ·

    just ordered this little beauty for £6.29 including postage:') so excited for it to arrivee!

  25. brendarobot
    brendarobot ·

    hello! to take the picture with this camera you have to press the shutter three times?

  26. xxhangelixx
    xxhangelixx ·

    I just finished a film with this camera. Tomorrow I will go to a shop to have it developed. Wish me luck.

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