In the spirit of coaxing each and every “camera” to actually perform and create art, I present the Squirt Gun Camera page. [You must have a lot of time on your hands, if you’re burning it reading this.]
Diana-Like in their simplicity, these squirt gun cameras – though they appear similar – are as different as day and night. The one on the left says “Made in China” on the back, and that’s it. It has a real viewfinder, but the remainder of its features are drawn onto the camera. Though that is a fake flash shoe on the top. Its got an incredible stream! I mean, who needs a Super Soaker when you’ve got this thing? (As evidenced by the explosive blasts of developer I sprayed onto photo sensitive paper in the image below, on the right.) The Cohen, above on the right, has some nice detail. A working viewfinder, a fake flash with a fake red ready light, with what appears to be an on-off switch on the front. Also, Another fake flash (I guess). It leaks…Typical junk store camera. The lens says “1 : 2.8 38mm 0 Cohen Photo Film”. Its film winder lever even moves! What’s cool about this Made-in-Hong Kong gem is that the stream of water comes out of the film winder on top. So, you squirt your victim, they say “Hey! Let me do that to you!” And, as you hand it to them, you turn the film winder around so, when they squeeze the shutter, they squirt themselves again. Clever! [If you’ve gotten this far, you really do have a lot of time on your hands!] Hey! I think I see a vision of The Virgin in that image on the right! The prints are soon to be worth millions, I’m sure.
When I’d first written this review, my grandson had spent about an hour squirting everyone within a square mile, turning that little film advance like a gun turret and laughing like only a nine year old can. He’s 25 now, so I doubt he’ll get the same kick out of it … though he just might. Squirt Gun Camera technology hasn’t changed much, but the cameras are lookin’ a little slicker. I had to buy a Sasquatch for a project, so I found myself at that pinnacle of prank meccas, Archie McPhee’s. You can’t just buy ONE thing when you go there. I came home with this spiffy digital squirt gun camera. Well, that, the sasquatch and cupcake flavored toothpaste.
Now, to read the instructions and use the thing!