I understand if many of you are aliens to the idea of owning a disposable camera. These are devices you take pictures with, develop said images or pictures, and then… discard them when you’re finished with them. The basic idea is, each camera is good for a set number of photos.
Believe it or not, these cameras feature good ISO level, accuracy in shooting photos, and “Almost” every modern yardstick we judge our DSLRs and best of the compact cameras by. You just need to find the best disposable cameras that money can offer. That’s where this article comes in.
In this rather “Compact” article, I’ll be going over some of my top choices when it comes to disposable cameras and what made them perfect to begin with. There’s also a buying guide thrown at the very last section of the piece. Without spoiling much of the content, let’s get to the meat of the article.
TL;DR – Our Top 3 Disposable Cameras
Disposable cameras are pretty hard to find these days. Even with a limited circulation of these items, people need to be careful when buying them. Let’s put it this way, not every device is made for you in particular. That’s why I came up with 7 of these disposable cameras that serve your particular needs.
Kodak is a brand of trust and quality when it comes to cameras. And even in the case of disposable cameras, they have kept their reputation high. This particular camera here despite being of the same kind, gives you the quality and reliable that you’d normally expect from a Kodak camera.
Yes, it’s the Kodak Funsaver.
You can get a pack of these at a very affordable, tourist-friendly price at any supermarket or even in online stores. And with each pack people get 3 single-use Kodak FunSaver 35mm disposable film cameras. Each of the cameras have 27 exposures, making a total of 81.
Each one grants you one picture of course.
The Kodak Funsaver comes with a manual flash that you can use to adjust the intensity of the light emitted by the camera’s flash matching with the light of your surroundings. Which means, your photos will not get burned with flash.
The flash has a range between 4 to 11.5 feet (1.2 to 3.5 meters), which should be more than enough to capture clear and vibrant images in any sort of lighting. But you must remember to charge it before taking every picture.
The only thing that I wish this camera had is an option for processing the photos. This is not an instant camera. The photos do require processing. However, the camera itself does not have any option for doing so. You need to process the photos externally to give them the desired look.
But… hey! It’s a disposable camera. It already has too many benefits than most of its kin.
For one thing, I was astounded seeing the picture clarity of this tool. It’s 23% better than any 400-speed film camera out there in the market. Also, the design and weight of the camera makes it really easy to carry and handle. It weighs just about 13.6 ounces, and each camera runs on 3 -AA batteries.
If you’re headed to a place where taking your expensive photography gear might be a bit risky, then you can opt for the Kodak FunSaver without a second thought. The exterior of this camera is sturdy and can be operated in all kind of weather and climates.
Just remember, since this is a disposable camera, you should not throw it away randomly anywhere. Dispose it in a place where it will not cause any pollution to the natural environment. It’s best to put it in a recycle bin.
I would recommend this camera especially for kids and senior citizens as it is very easy to handle, doesn’t take a lot of work to do stuff with, and delivers the best results with the most minimal efforts. The camera is overall dependable and fun to use.
Here’s another super fun and user-friendly camera by Fujifilm. The Fujifilm Quicksnap. It comes with several varieties of pack sizes (2, 4, 6, and 8), with each camera having 27 exposures. It might not look like much, but this camera has some extra features that a many of its contemporaries fall short of.
For a start, it is loaded with Seperia X-TRA 400 film. This is a 400-speed film made by Fujicolor which was originally designed for capturing fast action. This enables you to capture things in motion way better than you could with any other disposable camera.
The fixed focus lens ensures sharp and clear pictures without you having to set the focus manually.
The flash range of this camera is 10 feet, and the continuous flash charges itself up automatically after taking each snap. So, if you’re on a camping trip and come across a pack of deer rushing past your tent, you can capture the incredible moment of a lifetime without having a fancy camera.
And it’d be very unfair if I’m talking about a Fujifilm camera and not mentioning its color production. The brand itself has Fujicolor in its name, and it has kept its commitment with colors even with this tiny disposable camera.
The Fujifilm Quicksnap delivers a superior color production. Producing that familiar Fujifilm color tone, we’re all so fond of, and making it one of the best disposable cameras out there in the market.
There is so much to say about this camera. The shape and size of the camera gives it a compact and easy to carry exterior, and ensures durability despite being disposable. The weight of this camera is only 5.6 ounces, so it won’t add any extra weight on your luggage when you’re traveling.
The camera is made with a design which makes it suitable for use in all kinds of weather and climate, regardless of your location. You just have to remember the obvious safety measures that normal film cameras require for protecting the film.
And when it comes to disposing it off, the brand has got it all covered. Apart from being user-friendly, Fujifilm is also a great friend to the environment. Every model of the Quicksnap camera by Fujifilm is recyclable. Nothing’s better than a disposable camera that contributes to the environment, eh?
Despite being a disposable camera, the Quicksnap comes with some features that give other, longer lasting cameras quite a competition. And considering the price range it comes in, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t go for this one or at least check it out when looking for a good disposable camera.
The one thing that we want disposable cameras to grant us is the freedom to use them anywhere. And by anywhere, we mean anywhere, whether it is land, sky, or water. Of course, when we go for a hike it is unlikely for us to be taking helicopter rides or anything.
More often than not, the places we do go to include water bodies. Whether you’re going for a holiday at a famous beach, or just having a fun day with friends and family at an amusement park, your camera needs to be water resistant if you’re willing to capture the most fun moments.
And the Fujifilm Quicksnap waterproof camera is made for that purpose. The camera itself is waterproof up to 17 feet, and the 35mm format makes it suitable for capturing shots underwater.
The camera comes in a pack of 4, each with 27 exposures. Each camera is pre-loaded with Fujicolor Superia X-TRA 800-speed 35mm color films. Apart from capturing the best of colors, this film is especially designed for capturing things in fast motion.
Other than being waterproof, what I really liked about the design of this thing is the hand strap. Each camera has a hand strap on one side that gives you a little extra freedom and security while using it in situations where you can’t always grab the camera but need to carry it.
You can just strap it around your wrist and carry it around with you. Each camera weighs only about 7 ounces, so it shouldn’t be any trouble carrying it at all.
Since this camera is waterproof, that instantly makes it weatherproof as well. Which means you can shoot with it even in snow or heavy rain. That accompanied with the big shutter release button makes it easier to take photos with this camera under extreme weather conditions without any effort.
And even though it says on the pack that it can shoot only up to 17 feet under water, experts say that the exterior of the camera is built in such a way that it can survive the water pressure even under 35 feet of water!
These don’t even cost that much, so you can easily be brave enough to try and find out if it’s true. The design, weight, waterproof qualities, shutter release button, and wrist strap makes this camera an ideal device for trekkers, hikers, divers, and snorkelers.
The camera runs on 4 -AA batteries. And like every other Fujifilm camera, is recyclable.
If you’re looking for a disposable camera within an affordable price range, which is the whole point of their existence, then this one here is the best you can get. The Kodak Weekend Underwater Disposable Camera is one of the most affordable disposable cameras ever made.
And I know that you can’t really put a price tag on memories, but you surely can opt for a better bargain for a device that is capturing them, right?
The camera is almost like the previously mentioned disposable cameras in terms of shape, size, and dimensions. Nothing new there. What’s new is that it’s super lightweight, weighing only 5.6 ounces, and requires only a single -AA battery to operate. Almost as if it has the word ‘disposable’ written all over it.
Apart from being really affordable, this camera is also waterproof, and can survive the pressure under up to 12 feet of water. And the camera’s exterior is made with a design and materials that makes it suitable for misty or snowy weather conditions.
The packaging of this camera is very basic, with each pack containing only one camera, and the camera having 27 exposures. Like its predecessors on the list, this camera also has a convenient wrist strap, taking away half the trouble of carrying it in a jiffy.
That explains why the manufacturers have written ‘water and sport’ on the packaging. This camera is ideal for all sorts of outdoor and water activities and in all kinds of weather conditions. The 35mm lens makes this camera perfect for shooting outdoor locations during daytime.
You can take one of these out with you for misty hikes, water parks, poolside, or snorkeling expeditions and get the best moments from those experience frozen forever to be preserved.
Here’s a disposable camera for a little more serious photographer, the Ilford XP2. Why am I calling it serious? Firstly, because it provides the convenience of processing the photos at any High-speed photo processing booth, using C41 color negative systems, with proof prints made on color paper.
Not just that, the photos can be both close-to-neutral black and white prints, or color toned monochrome prints depending on your preference. You can easily select which photos to print on black and white paper and which ones to print on color by looking at the negatives.
And secondly, because it comes with infinity focusing, a term often used by professional photographers to imply to the wideness of the depth of field. As you may already know, the wider your aperture field is, the narrower the area of your focus becomes.
This is the thing that helps you to isolate the subject of your photography by keeping everything behind and in front of the subject seem apparently out of focus. With infinity focus offered by the Ilford XP2 single use camera, you can shoot pro level clicks just like a full-fledged DSLR.
The flash of this camera is exceptionally handy while shooting in low light or when its so bright that the face of the subject needs some extra lighting. The XP2 Super 400 ISO film also makes a great deal of a difference when capturing subjects in a tricky lighting. The lens is also 35mm, which is pretty good.
This camera comes in packs of 1, 2, and 3, and despite being a disposable camera, runs on 2-LR44 batteries. The whole thing is extremely handy and weighs only 4.6 ounces, which is lesser than any of the cameras I previously mentioned.
This is probably way more than what you’d expect from a disposable camera. So, if you’re a professional photographer who is looking for a disposable camera, then this could be the one that would allow you to make the best use of your skills and expertise.
Here’s a fun little single-use camera phone Kodak, the Kodak SUC Daylight 39. This one here is fun in many ways if you know how to make the best use of it. Let me tell you why.
First things first, if you’re looking for a flashy disposable camera, then you can scroll past this one. The camera is not flashy at all, not literally, not even figuratively. For a start, it does not have a flash.
I know, this will make many of you skip the rest of this review, that’s why I told you to scroll past in the first place. But if you’re still wondering why I kept it in my list anyway, then read along.
The camera has a high ISO level. As high as 800 ISO. This will not only make up for the lack of flash, but will come in handy at times when you need a good ISO to catch the natural lighting of the subject and its surroundings, and not some flashy flash to burn your entire picture.
You might also have noticed that there is F10 written on the pack and the body of the camera, and wondering what it means. This is basically the camera’s F-Stop, or F-Number. And it represents the ratio of the lens focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil.
To put it in even simpler words, the ‘F’ in here stands for ‘focal length’, which we already discussed in the previous camera review.
The F-Stop is always written in fractions because by doing this, you can count the diameter of your lens’s aperture blades simply by substituting the focal length into the fraction. So, this camera has a F-10 focal length, meaning there are 10 lens blades inside the lens of this camera.
So, because of the focal length and the huge ISO, this camera duly makes up for its shortage of flash.
And the lens being 32.8mm ain’t half bad either!
To top it off, the camera comes in a single pack, and offers 39 exposures. The matte body keeps the thing from slipping from your hand. And the handy size along with the weight of just 2.88 ounces makes it a perfect companion for a trip.
The HP5 Plus is Ilford’s humble approach to the world of disposable cameras. It’s a simple, no-nonsense, straight-to-business disposable camera that stays true to everything the brand commits to.
It’s not much to look at. A single use camera that offers 27 exposures. But I was surprised by the quality of black and white pictures it produced. The camera perfectly captures every detail of light and shade.
It produces beautiful monochrome photographs with the perfect proportions of grain and texture to them. How they do that with a single use camera is beyond me.
In fact, the camera is so dedicated to your photographic aesthetics, that it comes with a pack of black and white film included with the pack.
One thing you do need to remember about these films is though, that it’s not compatible with C-14 chemistry like the previous Ilford camera on this list. If you develop it in C-14, the film will come out blank. I attempted doing that the first time I got hold of this camera.
Later, a friend recommended me to use ID-11, with 1+1 dilution, and the prints came out fine! So, if there is something wrong with the pictures after printing, it’s probably due to not using the right chemistry for developing them.
Make sure you’re using the flash when you shoot with it indoors or else the prints will come out too dark. The camera has an infinity focus, and the ISO offered by this thing is 400.
The thing weighs only around 4.6 ounces, and runs on a LR44 battery.
How Did I Choose These Cameras to Showcase Here?
This depends mostly on why you’re buying the camera in the first place. If you’re buying them for a holiday or a trip where you don’t want to carry the weight and trouble of taking a professional camera with you, then you should go for the ones that offer the most features like flash, exposure ISO controls, and a wide aperture field.
If you’re looking for durable ones for a trip to a water park or for shooting in dire weather conditions like rain and snow, then you can opt for the water-proof and weather-proof kind.
I personally feel a little repelled by water-proof cameras because they come in a bulky water-proof case which makes them heavy and hard to carry around. If that’s not an issue with you, you can definitely go ahead and buy one. They do cost a little more, but hey, that’s only for a good reason!
And if you’re one of those classy people who care about the aesthetics of their photographs above everything else, then there are a whole bunch and models of disposable cameras for you that come with black and white film, color film, both black and white, and color films. Different filters that allow you to fool around and have lots of fun with your composition.
If your primary concerns are efficiency and affordability, then you’ve probably guessed from the reviews above that single-use cameras of different brands and models come in packs of two, three, four, and many other quantities. Choose the one that you think would be adequate for your needs.
Let’s End it on a High Note
People might frown a bit if you’re someone looking for disposable cameras at this day and age. Yet, if you’re a photography enthusiast just like me, then you’d understand why vintage cameras like these have their appeal. These were things to be pledged for back in the days of our grandparents.
I love the detailed process of taking a picture and developing it the old-fashioned way to keep in photo stands. In addition to taking some pictures, you get to go through the process in detail and learn something new about photography of the yesteryear. It’s fun, believe me.
Disposable cameras are fun to use and do come in handy. Whether you’re buying them for yourself or to gift a loved one, I hope reviews of some of the best disposable cameras and buying guide along with it provide you with the information you need.