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Marcy's Fisher Price Camera Review:

Fisher Price tends to make some of the best all around cameras for kids. These cameras are made to withstand the abuse only a five year old can render. They're sturdy, they've got a built-in flash and, the more modern variety has film compartments that are extremely unlikely to unexpectedly pop open. They're easy to use. They've got a good sized handle on both sides. This, coupled with the fact that the camera has some slight heft to it, make it unlikely there'll be blur due to "camera shake". The straps on these cameras are quite durable and well attached. With the blue camera, shown above, the five year old must remember to turn the flash on and off. In the case of the red Fisher Price camera, shown below, the five year old must only remember to turn the flash on. This camera automatically turns the flash off after a certain period of inactivity. The blue camera used 110 film cartridges. Here are some photos I took with it:

I tried to take the images from a child's eye level, just to be fair.

 

In the coming year I vow to be kinder to my gear.

 

The cute waiter at the Olive Garden.

My friend, Jane.

 

The red camera.

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I found this red Fisher Price camera at the Seattle Goodwill store for 99 cents. It accepts 35mm film. I recommend it over the 110 cartridge camera not only for the difference in film type, but the flash turns itself off as well. No wear on the battery. The problem that I do have with any Fisher Price camera is that it uses two eye pieces as a viewfinder ... sort of like a Viewmaster. It's very awkward (to say the least) to turn the camera on its side for vertical photography. I've found that it's difficult for kids to grasp the concept of the vertical format with any camera, let alone one that'll break your neck if you try.  Anyway, once I got home and figured out how to open the back (there's a plastic key attached to the strap) I found a roll of Costco brand film inside! It had been exposed and rewound. Had it processed and here're a few samples of what I got:

The kid's already got bonus points in my book for using Barbie as a subject.

 

I feel I've been outdone by the unknown kid. 

Look what else I found:

McKeown's doesn't mention either of these cameras, though www.camprice.com  lists the blue 110 camera as being worth $10 - $25. I'm rich!

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