Lomomatic 110 Camera & Flash Metal review: get your groove on with this funky analog camera

Is the retro-styled Lomomatic 110 Metal as much fun as it likes to think?

Is it a triumph of style over function?
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Looks great with fantastic retro styling but awkward to use, fiddly settings and it isn’t the cheapest way to get on the vintage 110 bandwagon. Still, there is a decent range of funky film stocks, loading and unloading is easy and the glass lens helps give decent results under bright lighting conditions.


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    Great build quality

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    Easy to load cartridges

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    More control than you think

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    Lots of retro-flavoured film stocks


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    Handling isn’t great

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    Setting focus distance is fiddly

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    Film advance mechanism is sticky

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The Lomography Society International has been flying the flag for retro-style film photography since being founded in 1992 and actually re-introduced the 110-cartridge film format itself in 2012. That same year saw Lomography launch two 110 format cameras in the shape of the Fisheye Baby 100 and the Diana Baby 110. Since then, the popularity of film formats, especially the funky, retro styles offered by Lomography, has increased significantly. 

What Lomography is selling is not so much an outdated format, but a lifestyle where creativity, fun, and retro colors are more important than any technical quality. This brings us to the Lomomatic 110 Camera Metal, and its sister camera, the Lomomatic 110 Camera Golden Gate. As the names suggest, the Metal one, looked at here, comes in a high-quality metal body, while the Golden Gate has a cheaper build quality but has beige and orange, 1970s-style coloring.

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Film format110
Lens23mm Minitar CX glass
Available aperturesf/2.8, f/5.6
Shutter speedAuto - 30s to 1/250sec, Bulb - up to 30secs
FlashOptional Lomomatic 110 Flash
ISO settingsISO 100, 200, 400
Focus settings0.8m, 1.5m, 3m, infinity
Multiple exposureYes
Battery1 x CR2
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FeaturesHas more control and features than you might expect★★★★☆
DesignA triumph of style over handling★★☆☆☆
PerformanceJust about what you were hoping for★★★☆☆
ValueNot the cheapest way to get into 110 film★★☆☆☆

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Wendy Evans
Technique Editor, Digital Camera magazine

Wendy was the Editor of Digital Photo User for nearly five years, charting the rise of digital cameras and photography from expensive fad to mass market technology. She is a member of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) and while originally a Canon film user in the '80s and '90s, went over to the dark side and Nikon with the digital revolution. A second stint in the photography market was at ePHOTOzine, the online photography magazine, and now she's back again as Technique Editor of Digital Camera magazine, the UK's best-selling photography title. She is the author of 13 photography/CGI/Photoshop books, across a range of genres.