This is a Lomographic Spinner 360. It's a strange-looking thing covered in grippy studded rubber, with a huge protruding handle, gaping metal hood, exposed rubber-band gearing and a peculiar dangling pullstring.
It looks like what would happen if a computer tried to understand bdsm, gave up, and designed a bird instead.
But I can assure you that the Spinner 360 a camera, and a pretty interesting one at that: it takes full 360-degree panoramas on standard 35mm film.
|A view from Mount Tolmie|
The Spinner is well built from plastic, rubber, and metal. Its unusually-textured exterior finish is very functional, providing an excellent grip on a camera that's a bit more squirrelly by nature than a standard camera. The drawstring which winds and fires the camera mechanism is made of plain old rope with a metal pull loop, and feels like it could stand up to extended (though not reckless) use.
You hold the Spinner by its handle, which contains the spring mechanism and drawstring; the camera body itself spins at the top, driven by that exposed rubber band mentioned earlier (the design is sturdy and recessed enough that it doesn't get in the way).
|The Spinner 360 actually captures a bit more than 360 degrees.|
|Sometimes you will look like an idiot because you are not expecting to be photographed|
|The convenient dolphin-themed bubble level.|
It would be useful, perhaps, to be able to wind and fire the camera with different controls, for easier one-handed use and for greater control over exact release timing. That said, I found that it was completely workable just to pull the string out, dangle the drawstring's pull ring around a finger, and let it slip when i was ready to take a picture.
|The Spinner is also tripod-mountable (a good thing)|
We have a limited quantity of Spinner 360 cameras in-store right now for $149.