Micro 110 Key Chain Camera


This is my first camera ever; my parents gave it to me as a key chain but soon, I discovered it could take photos.

My parents offered me a key chain that also was a Micro 110 camera. At first, I used it as a key chain/coin keeper. Instead of a 110 film cartridge, it had a copy of the cartridge to keep coins but soon enough I’ve discovered that it could also take photos.

I can’t remember who but someone from my family offered me a 110 cartridge to take my first shots and my first step as a lomographer. I was six years old, more or less, by that time. I guess it was in 1983/1984 and I can remember it perfectly. I took the shots and then I took out the cartridge and opened it myself in broad day light to see the pictures…this was lesson number one.

In the second film, I used the Micro camera to take some shots to the airplanes that passed by at high altitude. I believe this was lesson number two, as the air planes were just microscopic dots in all the photos.

For as long as I remember, I never took a decent shot out of this camera, but it was the beginning of film photography for me. The years passed by and after 26/27 years, I found some 110 film cartridges and decided to give it another try for old times’ sake. I remember thinking, “How will I screw up this cartridge this time? Just like in good old days.” But this time everything went OK, the camera worked perfectly, but the film expired a long time ago and it wasn’t in the best conditions. The results are pretty…acceptable, especially when compared with my first two films.

I like the results, I love the low-fi look and the colors are very good for that kind of camera and for the film conditions, I also like the size of the negative film, it is very tiny and almost like a James Bond spy camera. However, the truth is that this camera has great limitations; if you get too close you’ll get unfocused shots, and if you get too far, you’ll also get unfocused shots. I believe that its range is from 1 meter to 3 meters.

Another disadvantage is its sensitivity. Despite using 200 ISO film, this camera needs really bright light to capture anything properly in its tiny lens. I advise using it only during the summer at noon, with hard bright sun and absolutely no clouds.

The viewfinder is a joke. It is merely cosmetic. This camera isn’t a point a shoot, it is a guess and shoot!
Finally, its main disadvantage is the film format, as it is a bit hard to get, hard to develop, and despite being a C-41 negative film, it is hard to adapt it in the lab and use in the scanner. It isn’t impossible, just a bit hard.

Overall, I loved to use it, It was kind of a trip to the past but to be honest it’s almost pointless. You achieve better results with other film formats, as they have much more quality, are easier to develop and digitize, and are much more easy to find. But, from my point of view, it was totally worth it and I already found another 110 film camera that I will test soon.

written by zulupt on 2011-07-26 #gear #review #c-41 #spy #110 #lomography #micro #keychain #film-camera #cartridge #user-review #coin-keeper


  1. blinghaha
    blinghaha ·

    great photos, I looked at these on ebay but I was put off by the difficulty in processing, Might have to give it a go!

  2. weleasewoger72
    weleasewoger72 ·

    I bought mine at a carboot sale for 20p a few weeks back. They sold it as a coin holder but I knew what it really was. I have a 110 film in my fridge but haven't used it yet because I was told by my local camera store it would cost about £20 to develop! If anyone knows anywher cheaper I may consider using this camera.

  3. 110isnotdead
    110isnotdead ·

    I love it . I got an old micro 100 at home and I think I might try it out. Thanks for the inspiration.

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