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**Why I made the purchase**
We bought these for our wedding a few years ago. Despite everyone nowadays having digital cameras, we thought that the element of surprise of getting the photographs developed would be something to look forward to after the wedding. We purchased a batch of 20 cameras which cost around £2 each, then of course the developing costs which were £3-£4, all in all costing around £6 per camera to develop. In hindsight it did add extra expense to our wedding, but we also enjoyed looking at all the crazy photos.
**The camera itself**
The camera is about as low-tech as you can possibly get. It is an old film camera, it is not digital and is essentially a classic throw-away camera which were popular in the 80s and 90s. You can only use the camera once which is why it is so cheap. The camera is made of a cheap black plastic, and for the purposes of the wedding theme, the camera has been "prettied up" by a cardboard sleeve in Ivory.
**Features of the camera**
There are limited features.
1. It takes photographs
2. There is a flash
..and that is where the story ends! Don't be expecting anything as good as modern day digital cameras. The resolution of the images is average (no megapixels here!), some photos are overexposed and come out as a bright white image and some are too dark if there is not enough light. In a dark room, you definitely need to hold the flash, which is a button on the front (a bit awkward to hold the flash in and take the photo). There is a manual "wind-on", so if you think the button on the top of the camera is stuck, it isn't, you probably just need to wind the camera on.
For a bit of retro fun and to remind everyone of the great days of the 80s and 90s photography, these cameras are definitely fun. At the wedding, depending on your guests, you will hopefully get some good photos that you wouldn't have got without the cameras. That said, there were a lot of dodgy close up shots, a lot of silly shots and the demise of the human being was caught on camera as people steadily drunk more over the course of the evening. The quality of the images was average Joe compared to modern day cameras. The cameras blended well with the theme of the tables due to the cream cardboard sleeve, which is always good if you are a Bridezilla (believe me, we all have our moments!).
I would purchase these again with low expectations and for a bit of fun. Bear in mind, they can be expensive overall if you are buying 10-20, because remember you need to pay developing costs too.
I was at a friends wedding a few years ago, she had disposable cameras on the table at the evening reception. I thought this was a lovely touch and fun for the guests to. When I got married a two years ago I decided to copy the idea and bought some disposable cameras too.
I wanted something that would look nice on the table and not clash with my table decorations, I hunted high and low and found the perfect cameras for sale on amazon. I bought the Confetti disposable wedding cameras and they came in a pack of ten which was more than enough for how many tables I had. I bought the silver colour to match my theme and they cost £30.00.
The cameras are basic disposable cameras that have a cardboard case around them, I chose the silver finish and it also had a love heart design on the casing. The camera has a built in flash which was good for indoor use and night time use. The cameras took 27 pictures per camera and had good colour quality too.
The cameras were very easy to use and were quite modern in design compared to the old fashioned wind up cameras I have previously used. To take a picture you simply had to press a button on the top of the camera. It was easy to use even the children at my wedding were running around snapping pictures.
I thought it was a lovely touch and had lots of people comment on how it was a great idea, it kept people amused and I had some rather unexpected picture, not realising I was having my picture took at several times and a few pictures of men flashing their tackle in kilts that I did not notice on the night. I took my cameras into my local tesco shop to be developed and picked them up a few hours later. My husband and I enjoyed looking through the photos and not knowing what to expect, we were both surprised at the quality of the pictures, and how well the flash had worked in the dark reception suite.
I loved the look of the cameras on the table and felt they added to the table decorations perfectly, amazon had a choice of colours to choose from to match any wedding theme. They also had them in white, ivory and gold. I think they were a good price considering you are getting 10 cameras and would be happy to pay that price again.
They could be used for any type of event not just weddings, would be good for birthday partys, christenings and office partys. It was a lovely day and the cameras added a special touch being able to see my wedding through my guests eyes.
At my cousins wedding last year we had these Confetti Heaven Ivory Disposable Wedding Camera's. The idea of having disposable camera's for the guests to use is that they simply left a couple of the camera's on each table at both the wedding meal and during the evening celebrations and buffet. Guests can then take snaps of the happy day, whether it be of the happy couple of themselves enjoying themselves. Then, the disposable camera's are left on the tables and afterwards they are all developed.
The beauty of this is that my cousin only needed to hire a photographer for the church and not the full day, saving many, many hundreds of pounds in the process. Also, the spontaneity of the pictures ensure a lot of action will be caught, and there will be no escaping from the lens by anyone! I have found that a set of 10 of these camera's are available on Amazon.co.uk for £31.99 - my cousin said he paid around £80 for 30 of these camera's, so he got a good deal. Confetti Heaven Ltd sell these camera's through Amazon.co.uk, they sell all sorts of wedding related items, such as confetti and balloons.
The camera's could be bought in bulk and as they are a plain ivory colour they fit in with the whole occasion. The camera's come equipped with a built-in flash and a high quality colour film. Each camera comes with its own matching table card. The information on the camera, along with the card, gives instructions as to the reasoning behind the camera's and obviously informs the guests to leave the camera's on the tables at the end of the evening.
Once the photographs had been developed I took a look at them and were impressed with the quality. I very rarely see real photographs anymore, as most images i now see are of the digital kind. The disadvantage of film is that the images are not easily transferable into digital form, but the wedding photos themselves were professional pictures, so these could then be put onto social networking sites for friends and family to see. With the subject matter of some of the images, perhaps it was for the best that these couldn't be plastered all over the internet!
The camera's themselves were very easy to operate, and although some guests did have trouble operating them this would be expected with most things. A simple button to capture the image and a manual winding facility mean that they are very basic indeed, but they are also extremely affordable aswell. The camera's are made of plastic, with an ivory cardboard cover, they look smart enough to fit in with their surroundings.
I would definitely recommend the use of disposable camera's at a wedding reception, and as I found this product so simple to use I must give it 4 out of 5. Although the picture quality was generally very good, there were one or 2 images that didn't develop very well out of each film roll. These disposable camera's have their limitations, and because of that I would suggest you don't cancel the photographer just yet.
Confetti Heaven Ivory Disposable Wedding Camera
I loved having a wedding to plan, I loved all the little creative aspects, and I designed and made my own wedding invitations, favours and little bits for table decorations. These days when I started looking around for inspiration I was overwhelmed at the sheer amount of wedding items and ideas that were available in a vast array of colours to coordinate with just about everything.
I was desperately trying to stick to a budget and I did well (if I do say so myself) but weddings as much as in theory should be controlled by the couple getting married are a family affair, and whether you want it or not people have their own opinions of how things should be done. It was my mother in law that loved this idea of these cameras as extra table decorations, even thou I wasn't sure. We had already decided, designed and made up pouches containing little CD's asking people to send us any photos they recorded from the day on their own digital cameras.
After a little bit of a family debate and some people feeling that the CD's weren't as I thought a good idea, we succumbed over this issue and purchased some disposable cameras from confetti. We bought 20 in total, 10 in an ivory colour and 10 a purple colour, to match in with some of the other table decorations. There really are a wide range of colours and even different shades of certain colours available. If you are interested in these disposable cameras you can have a better look at the colour choices from their online website. I'm sure that most people would find something to match any themes or colour schemes they might have.
The cameras look and feel quite cheap, but then retailing for £2 each I wasn't really expecting anything more. As far as I was aware all of the cameras did work. They each had an inbuilt flash and a 24 exposure roll of film. These cameras were back to the basics with manual wind on buttons and slow captures. You could easily tell the difference in quality of these cameras as a lot of the resulting photos were out of focus, wobbly or fuzzy. Also there was a lot of red eye and generally the flash didn't always appear to have done its job. I wouldn't trade in my digital camera for one of these!
If the decision had been left to me I wouldn't have purchased these, yes they were a nice idea but at £20 a pack for only 10 they were an expensive extra. Especially, when you would probably need at least a couple for each table and we had 10 tables so that would be a minimum of an additional £40 from the budget. £40 may not seem much in the grand scheme of a wedding, but all the little bits here and there do mount up quickly.
The other downside of these cameras is that even when you don't know what has been recorded you still have to pay to get them developed. Off the top of my head I can't remember how much this was but it wasn't cheap.
So did we at least get some fantastic shots that were worth all this expense? No, not really. There were a couple of photos that were nice (ish) but they were mostly just average shots that people take after a couple of drinks. We had a wedding photographer, my mum who is also a photographer (although just taking night time photos) and a friend of the family again another photographer. So we have been spoilt with choice over great photographic memories and maybe that is why I think these were an expensive unnecessary cost. I do have the photos somewhere but maybe with the exception of one or two none of them made their way into the photo albums.
A bit of a side note, but I rarely look at photos other than on my laptop or digital photo frame. Even when I made up a wedding book I did it online using photos on my laptop.
These disposable cameras get a two out of five stars. I suppose it was a bit of a novel idea for extra table decorations and perhaps it helped to break the ice between people sat at those tables. However, for value for money, I don't think these return the expense of their costs. I also wouldn't recommend them to people unless it was something that they really wanted, they are expensive and you have to bear in mind the hidden costs of getting the photos printed without even being able to see what was captured. We did get some lovely photos sent to us from people's own digital cameras that take much better quality shots and the much cheaper CD's went down a treat with our friends.