Lomography Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Color Negative review: ‘simple use’ not single use

The Lomography Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Color Negative aims for pocket-sized photo fun with ‘dazzling, saturated colors’.

Lomography Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Color Negative
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I like that the Lomography Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera Color Negative is pretty cheap for a reloadable 35mm film camera that I can use more than once, especially considering that it comes with an included roll of film. It’s typically ‘retro’ in terms of image quality.


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    Not just single-use

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    36-exposure film included

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    Built-in flash with filters


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    No focus/exposure adjustment

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    Handling could be better

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In an age of digital high-tech frippery, the Lomography company is a champion of relatively Lo-Fi analog photography. As such, it offers a wide range of reloadable and disposable film cameras at various price points and an even wider range of film stock in a variety of sizes, including 35mm, 110, and 120 formats. The camera I’m reviewing here is the ‘Color Negative’ edition from the Lomography Simple Use Reloadable Film Camera range. Apart from the different stickers that cover the front and back of each model and the film it’s supplied with, the camera itself is essentially identical for each edition. Although reloadable, they’re also viable as single-use disposable cameras.

The Color Negative edition of the camera is pre-loaded with a 36-exposure roll of film, whereas most other versions come with a 27-exposure roll. (Image credit: Matthew Richards)
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Camera type35mm reusable
Film type suppliedLomography Color Negative ISO 400
Color / B&WLomography Color Negative ISO 400 Color
Film length suppliedLomography Color Negative ISO 400 Color 1x 36 exposures
Minimum subject distance1m
Dimensions (W x H x D):115 x 60 x 33 mm
Weight (inc film & battery):120g

The Kodak i60 Reloadable Film Camera has a battery flap that’s really hard to open and a film door that opens all too easily, but it’s more stylish with retro charm based on old Kodak Instamatic cameras of a few decades ago.


The Kodak M35 Reloadable Film Camera doesn’t look as stylish as the Kodak i60 but has better handling and virtually identical overall performance, with a lower selling price. It’s also available in a wide variety of color options.

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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.