A toy camera sounds simple and it is and it isn’t. The material that the camera is made out of is simple but operating it takes practice. The weight is an issue at least it is for me. Its light which means that you have to be rock steady when pressing the button unless you want to express movement. Also I found that the recommended film speed of 400 is too sensitive outdoors which means that if you want correctly exposed images you have to figure out what’s the right film for your camera.
When I started reading everything toy camera and looking at images on the web I was blown away by how good they were and I was frustrated when my images were nowhere close to what I was seeing. I then began to notice that images were being tagged as being taken by a toy camera and camera groups saying that images posted were not digitally altered. When I went back for a second look I noticed that some images were created and not taken which did not discourage me. They inspired me to create the same or close level of quality in-camera.
The new Nikon that I’m researching has a special effects “button” called toy image effect. My first reaction was that I could buy 9 toy cameras for the price – if my only goal was a toy camera “effect”. Cracking the film, light and camera code is a "EUREKA!" moment that cannot be replaced by a button.
Toy camera photography should be an immersive experience.