Lomo Colorsplash is a simple and basic fun camera, released in the early 2000s. The body is based on a
cheap focus free camera with a bigger flash attached which can change the colours. They tried a "modern" design, it looks nice, but handling suffered a lot.
Its main features are:
Wide angle lens, F8, fixed focus Shutter 1/100, B Size 153x75x35, Weight 129 gr. Coloured Flash
front. To the right: flash. No information on flash guide number.
back. In the hole near the top: tiny flash ready lamp. Viewer.
Camera top. Film rewind crank, shutter release with setting ring (Off, normal shutter and B), film counter and film advance with rewind release, has to be held while rewinding.
Camera bottom. Battery compartment, takes 1 AA battery, only necessary for flash. No tripod socket.
The film counter is nearly unreadable, you need good eyes, good light, but with no flare.
Flash colour can be changed by turning the black disk. There a 3 colours and white. 2 of these colours can be exchanged with more filter sheets that come with the camera. The white button in the middle is a push button for the flash. One push and it's on, another push and it's off. No indication but the lamp. On the body: back opening button.
Camera back open. Film compartment.
In my opinion, this is the worst handling of a camera Lomography brought to the market so far. The design looks nice, but it's a desaster. The plastic looks solid, but it's flimsy and quirky. Putting a film is the first hurdle. The rewind handle cannot be lifted, so you have to wiggle the cartridge into place. The advance wheel is too small and doesn't give a good grip. And then there is the counter, it sits so deep that you need good eyes, good light, but with no flare. Once the film is engaged and wound 3 times, you are ready for the first photo. The shutter release has a setting ring with 3 settings: Off, normal shutter and B. Inscriptions white on white are not a good idea.
The main feature of the camera is the colour flash that could be used even in daylight to colour your pictures. Flash colour can
be changed by turning the black disk at the end of the flash. There a 3 colours and white. 2 of
these colours can be exchanged with more filter sheets that come with
the camera. The use of the flash is a bit awkward. The white button in the middle of the black disk is a push button. One push and it's on, another push and it's off. No status indication
but the lamp which is tiny and sits deep in its hole, invisible in sunlight. If you forget to switch the flash off, it quickly drains the battery. It is even not shut off when you put the camera to "Off" position. The flash needs some power, one battery was not enough for a 36 exposure film on my camera.
If you want to change the colour filter foils of the flash, you need a small screwdriver and tweezers. You have to pry off the inner part of the black disk with the help of the screwdriver. If you look closely, you can see a tiny gap and 2 little arrows to put it back into the right position. Once open, you can see the tiny tabs of the filter foils. Pull them out with the help of the tweezers. Putting new filter foils in, needs some patience.
When your film is at its end, unfold the rewind crank. It's tiny, doesn't give a good grip and feels as if it would break at any moment. You have to keep the rewind release button pressed when rewinding. When you are done, open the back and pry the film canister out cautiously.
the Lomo colorsplash camera is not so easy. As there is only one shutter speed, you
have to choose your film depending on the weather conditions. On bright
days ISO 200 is fine, on dull days ISO 400 is better. Modern film is
quite flexible, so you will have usable results. Inside or at night
you'll have to use the flash. The flash is quite powerful. It's a toy or fun camera,
all plastic. The colour flash can give fantastic pictures. There is a book from Lomo with loads of good fancy pictures that came with the camera.
As I find the camera quirky, I prefer a better camera and a colour flash. There is Fritz the Blitz from Lomo, which attaches to all kinds of cameras.