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Say Noodle! - Lipton Toy Camera

An interesting and inexpensive find at a thrift store led to an unexpected result!

Given that my house is just a 2-minute walk from a thrift store, it’s no surprise that I frequent there to check and see if I’ll stumble upon cameras. Usually I run out of luck, but sometimes not.

The Lipton Toy Camera

Almost a year ago I found a red toy camera. A closer look and I discovered that it carries the Lipton brand. Yes, you read it right, the noodle and tea brand. Initially I decided against buying it but I found myself going back to the thrift store and buying it. After all, it’s just for a $1.99, it’s not a big of a risk for me. I haven’t owned a specialty-brand camera other than my Pizza Hut plastic camera so I was excited to own one.

I didn’t get the chance to bring it on the streets until recently, when I was scheduled to pick up a friend at the airport.

Photo by gelagoo

The Lipton Toy Camera is 28mm, f/9.5 point-and-shoot plastic camera. Construction is similar to your manual and AF film compact so it’s very convenient to bring. It has a battery compartment at the bottom where you can insert one AA-size battery for the flash. In addition to that it has a red-eye reduction option. As to how reliable is that, I am not sure. I am also unsure of the lens construction, although I think it is made of plastic.

Photo by gelagoo

What I liked about this camera is the flash. The recycle time is very fast, which is very surprising. I also find the plastic body to be pretty solid and not to mention, cute. It’s a sure-fire conversation starter. As for the technical qualities of the photos it yields I can say it was decently sharp and would be a good go-to camera for a walk outside the house.

The only thing that I dislike about this camera is its film advance mechanism. I found that the film advance wheel continues to move forward after I hit the number 8 counter. It seems like the spool inside the camera does not attach to the film sprocket properly after a significant number of frames so it just continues to move forward. I had to estimate how many “clicks” I made when I advance my film in order to shoot again. Frames survived but not the whole roll of film I popped in it, which is really disappointing.

Photo by gelagoo

For a $1.99 camera it is not a bad find at all, but I terribly wish that it tells me which frame I am ready to shoot. This Lipton Toy Camera is an OK camera for that random walk in the park or visit to the beach, or perhaps a good camera to test out that obscure roll you found on the internet.

written by gelagoo


  1. wuxiong


    This camera is cute and the color is just lovely. As the film counter, is not a big problem. My new LC-A+ has the same problem. Anytime I come to frame 15, the counter refuse to go any further.The next remaining film is all a guess work...<:)

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  2. sharktopus


    $1.99 how could you resist!

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  3. gelagoo


    @wuxiong I think I will take this for a spin again so that I can estimate how far am I going to stop in order to move on to the next frame. :)

    @sharktopus I wasn't able to! Hahah! Thanks

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  4. mythguy9


    Good review! but I'll try out mysterious films with my Holga anyway. cheers.

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  5. gelagoo


    @mythguy9 Fair enough, haha! Thanks so much for reading :)

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