Funny Japanese Plastic Camera


It’s so tiny, even an adult like me could choke on it! and oh, it uses 110 film in cartridge by the way.

This small crazy camera I bought in the Urban Outfitters shop (where they also sell some Lomo cameras) on my trip to San Francisco. Its really tiny and cute, made entirely from plastic with a metal hook. Costs 9 USD. There is a metal clamp for attaching to a belt or perhaps to serve as a key-ring or maybe you can have it as a funky necklace.

This camera uses 110 mm film in the cassette – for 24 exp., This format was really popular in 70s. The plastic lens has no explanation of focal length I guess its equivalent of 45mm for 35mm camera. Camera has a fixed aperture time which is probably around 1/25 – 1/30 sec. because the images i took are usually blurry. Focus is also fixed. Sharpness of the lens is quite slim. Serves as a viewfinder small sliding window, which opens also the lens cover. The film I used was a daylight Kodak negative with a poor quality, pictures are grainy with a blue veil – but it was maybe due to developing – I was surprised when the photolab people: “we can develop it but without guarantee”.

This funny camera isn’t much of a usable camera – which is actually the concept of toy cameras, but as a key ring, its quite nice and well ;)

written by drumfire on 2010-11-16 #gear #plastic #review #camera #china #kodak #110mm #fixed-focus


  1. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    i had one too! and i have problem getting 110mm films!

  2. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    i have one!!!!! :)

  3. dogma
    dogma ·

    Wow this camera is weird and very interesting in same time :)

  4. kerpella
    kerpella ·

    I had one really similar to this, it was a 'spy cam' kids toy that attached to the side of a pair of sunglasses. I ended up taking it apart to learn how cameras work because I figured it was pretty useless, and I can't find 110 film anywhere hehe.

  5. rav_bunneh
    rav_bunneh ·

    I had one when I was in Jr. High School but the keychain broke and the little camera fell off someplace, never to be seen again. :3 That was way way back in time. I refuse to say what year.

  6. simonjamesonweston
    simonjamesonweston ·

    I think you are being to hard on yourself - it is a toy camera after all. I like the images and even though you took them recently - they look like they are from the 70's.
    The best thing is that it doesn't pretend to be a real camera like so many plastic ones do and it only cost you 9 bucks.....bargin

  7. zezefan
    zezefan ·

    oh i had the exact same one n sold it lol

  8. sobiksaabik
    sobiksaabik ·

    Where are you buy this film? I need it for Pocket instamatic...

  9. jaguarwomon
    jaguarwomon ·

    I have this camera! It's a lot of fun. It's small enough that it can go anywhere. The only con is the bad placement of the shutter button--it get's tripped no matter where you put it :P

  10. willdoney
    willdoney ·

    I had one of these as a kid. It was black and yellow. Apt for Cornwall.

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