Kodak i60 Reloadable Film Camera review: is it a case of style over substance?

The Kodak i60 Reloadable Film Camera certainly has some retro charm going for it but it’s not without its foibles.

Kodak i60 Reloadable Film Camera
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I like the Kodak i60 Reloadable Film Camera's classic looks. It's a real throwback to the days of easily affordable 35mm film cameras. But while it’s reloadable and ticks the retro box on my wish list, handling is a mixed bag and image quality is mediocre.


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    Retro Instamatic styling

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    Fancy pop-up flash

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    Reloadable, not single use


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    No film included

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    Severely cropped viewfinder

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    Troublesome battery cover

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There’s certainly no lack of digital cameras that have classic retro styling. This reloadable 35mm film camera goes the same way, styled on Kodak Instamatic cameras of a bygone era. That stretches to the classic Kodak logo and even a faux selenium cell, which serves no purpose whatsoever apart from completing the look.

It’s made from ABS plastic and has a textured overlay on its front panel, available in a variety of different colors. I went for Kodak yellow. The i60 certainly looks the part but handling could be better, as I’ll come to later.

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Camera type35mm reusable
Film type suppliedNone
Color / B&WPurchased separately
Film length suppliedN/A
Minimum subject distance1m
Dimensions (W x H x D):112 x 65 x 46mm
Weight (inc film & battery):193g

I prefer the Kodak M35 Reloadable Film Camera to the i60. It doesn’t look as nicely styled or finished but it has better handling, the viewfinder gives better frame coverage, it’s cheaper to buy and image quality is the same.

Lomography Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Color Negative

The Lomography Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Color Negative looks and feels like a disposable camera but you can actually reload it, if you have the patience. It’s more cheaper to buy and comes with a 36-exposure roll of color negative film.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.