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I have used a number of Kodak disposable cameras in the past and have found that some times you can end up with some rather pleasing results once your photographs are developed and printed. I feel that the over all quality of many of the photographs I have taken with Kodak one use cameras has been reasonably good with a few real photographic diamonds that I feel have turned out extremely well. On the other hand there have been quite a few times when things haven't gone as well as they could and the end results have been a little lack lustre, with some shots being blurred and hard to view.
These days we all have mobile phones that have cameras built in to them and don't tend to use these types of cameras as much as in the past, but these cameras can still be really useful. I have used Kodak cameras at weddings and parties where they can be placed on a guest table for anyone to take snaps with, to give to children to take on school trips etc, as well as for family days out where I didn't want the risk of having to take an expensive camera with me. For these situations this type of camera can be a really good low risk option in my opinion.
~Using Kodak disposable cameras~
Variants Kodak offer which I have used include the child and adult friendly Fun Flash range which you can use to take an initial 27 photos with. Some also come with a freebie as they offer the bonus of an extra 12 photos, which I feel makes these good value for money at between £4 and £6 per camera depending on where you shop. These cameras are so easy to use as they are a very simple point and shoot set up which youngsters will find very easy to get to grips with for school trips etc. These cameras come neatly boxed and sealed ready for use making them something that is really quick and easy to set up ready for use when out and about, as once they are out of the pack they are near enough ready to go.
I feel that most of the Kodak disposable cameras I have bought and used have had a neat and compact look to them with simple yet bright Kodak branding. In use they are very light and portable with easy to use control switches and buttons which only require a light touch when in use. The lightness of these cameras makes them ultra easy to carry with you in a pocket or bag as they are quite compact and don't weigh you down at all. The built in flashes that come on these cameras seem to work well enough when your subject is not too far away, or when lighting conditions are not overly dark. The flash option is a simple thing to handle which is another aspect of these cameras that I like, as you don't need a qualification in camera handling in order to use them.
When using Kodak disposable cameras you do need to be aware that the end result will be effected by the weather conditions on the day/ or night you use them, so it pays to always think about your lighting conditions etc when using these. As long as you are aware of the limitations of these types of camera and remind yourself each time you set up a new shot that you cannot go back and erase it in order to get a better one, I find that these cameras can be fun to use. As far as I am aware all the Kodak disposable cameras I have used have had built in flash options which I feel makes them something that can be used in all kinds of situations.
When thinking about the over all ease of use of the Fun Flash range of cameras I recall them being a light easy to handle camera that offered a comfortable grip in line with their smoothed and curved shape. These cameras feel about the right size in your hand and the buttons are placed at points which are easy to reach. As I have used Kodak disposable cameras and found them to be easy to use, with them having good quality camera film pre installed that can give some pleasing photos once developed I feel they ought to get a 4 star product rating.
I bought a pack of of these for a special occasion as I wanted to have the photographs in an album rather than on my digital camera or laptop. I could of just printed the pictures off of my laptop, but I like the glossy finish that photographs have to them so I personally think that they look nicer.
I paid £12.25 for a pack of three cameras which came with free delivery from Amazon, which works out at just over £4 each which seems reasonable. Each camera has 27 exposures (pictures) which I think is really good value for £4 although you do have to keep in consideration the price of getting the photos developed - I got mine developed in store at Boots for £2.99 for 24 photos, which because I had 3 cameras wasn't excactly cheap however it wasn't too bad but would definetly get expensive if you used the service alot and I am sure there are probably cheaper options.
Each camera is made out of lightweight plastic which is black and has yellow and red detail over the top. It's a unisex design and is also quite a good camera for kids to use as the bright colours catch the attention of little ones. The camera has a basic lay out - i'm sure most of you have seen/used a disposable camera atleast once, so I won't go into detail about the excact technical details and every inch of what it looks like.
The kodak disposable cameras definetly aren't the sleekest cameras but considering how bulky they are compared to modern day digital cameras they are really lightweight and are easy for almost anyone to use. On the back of the camera it has basic instructions so there is no confusion if you are not used to using disposable cameras. To take a picture you simply place it infront on you to be able to see through the viewing lens at the person/item you are photographing and once you are happy with the angle you just simply press the shutter on the top.
The camera has a suprisingly good flash which is handy for when it is dark outside or when there is limited amounts of daylight (in doors etc) and you want to capture a special moment. I have lots of pictures that were taken with the flash on and i'd say 8/10 are of decent quality while the others have a slight 'burn' mark on them where it has been overexposed - i'm sure you'll know what I mean. Pictures taken in good lighting look brilliant, very clear and vivid with accurate colours and plenty of detail. I'd say that the Kodak ones have produced the best photographs out of any other disposable cameras I have owned as the pictures (unless taken in dim light) are really colourful and clear. The ones I took are now in a photo album and look great.
Kodak also do a range of waterproof disposable cameras so I would reccomend getting one for anyone who is going to a waterpark/the beach etc and has an expensive digital camera they don't want to risk getting wet. The cameras also act as a toy for kids without worrying they will break it because even if they do it's not a disaster at £4 per camera!
Overall I am really pleased with the outcome of my photographs and I found the camera to be easy to use. I'd reccomend the camera to anyone who is interested in getting a disposable camera for an upcoming occasion/holiday etc.
The technology these days in the photography market is moving very fast indeed. Although I do try to keep up with the latest makes and models I occassionally take a step back from the technological advances and take stock. Sometimes it can be nice to go back in time and use products which you got by with in the past. Kodak are well known in the photography market and their range of disposable cameras carries a few models even though they are outdated and not used by many people these days. If you havnt ever used a disposable camera, or even a film camera, I strongly recommend you give it a try. Digital cameras we have these days don't give you the same result, and you never come into contact with the actual process involved in producing a hard copy of an image.
The Kodak Flash is the model I decided to buy, and for £5 I got 27 photos. The first disadvantage to film as opposed to digital is that if you make a mistake you cant edit or delete it, you must take another picture and you have effectively wasted that picture. The Kodak Flash comes loaded with the Kodak Gold ISO-400 speed film. There is no mistaking that this is a basic disposable camera, but that was the appeal for me to purchase such a product.
The Kodak Flash isn't as compact as some modern digital cameras but its lightweight body is a major plus. The built-in flash can be used when light is at a premium, and there is a reasonable chance you can create good quality images with the camera. The Kodak Gold ISO-400 film is designed to give a helping hand in low-light, with its vibrant colours.
The results were not surprising in all honesty compared to my experience with digital images. The magic with disposable cameras is that you really don't know what you are going to get until you recieve the prints back! The images achieved were of a reasonable quality, but obviously not close to digital quality.
I think the main attraction is the fact you don't know what the results will be until you see the prints, and lesser picture quality really isn't something that you should worry about. The whole point of using disposable cameras isnt about fine picture detail, but more about the whole experience, from taking the picture, to winding the film on, then onto getting the prints produced.
I recommend anyone looking for a different angle when it comes to photography is to use disposable cameras to produce different results - you may even be surprised with the outcome.
Single use camera's in the digital age you'd expect this product range to have died out by now,well you would be wrong it seems that this product range is as popular if not more popular than it has ever been.
Why a single use camera?
Well a single use camera is exactly what it's name suggest's.It's a camera that you buy,use to take pictures,get the photo's developed and at the end the camera and film are disposed.The main advantage of a single use camera is that beacause it is a disposable product if you did lose or damage it you would not be to upset at your loss(you'd probably be more upset for the loss of the pictures).So the camera is ideal for taking into enviroments where you wouldn't want to take your expensive digital camera ie A drunken night out with your mates,or maybe give one to the kid's when they go on a school trip(you wouldn't really want the little darlings taking your 300 pound digital model only to lose or damage it).It is also becoming very popular for use at weddings where you buy some of these camera's and put one on each of the tables and allow your guest's to take photographs of the big day(you never know how many budding David Baileys are out there).
Why a Kodak single use camera
As is usually the case in the photographic market the branded products tend to give better results than some of the unbranded or lesser known brands of single use camera.You also find that some of the really cheap single use camera's are actually recycled case's that may have been used at least once and have just been resealed and loaded with sub-standard film that gives really poor results.The build quality is also alot better on the kodak model and of course the film loaded into the product is kodak branded film which to be fair is one of the best performers on the market.
Ease of use-
The kodak is very easy to use with full instructions printed on the back of the unit just in case you forget at some point.You have a shutter button on top of the camera which you just press to take the picture(this is positioned more or less in the same place on most camera's both digital and throw-away),a fash button on the front of the camera which you press to charge the flash up from the internal batteries,a red indicator button located near the view-finder which lights up letting you know that the flash is charged and ready to use(please note that if you take a picture before the light is illuminated the flash will not activate,this is the most common reason for poor photo's from single use camera's),a manual winder located on the back of the camera this allows you to wind the fim on after you have taken a photo(at one point this was how all camera's worked before the advent of auto film advance).You also have a film counter on the top of the camera that tells how many pictures you have taken(most single use camera's have 27 exposures that will allow you to take around 27 pictures),and finally you have the lens at the front of the camera(of course)
This is usually the main reason why photographs from a single use camera are never as good as the photo's from standard camera's,because the lens is merely a piece of plastic and is not as good at capturing as much photographic infromation as that of a glass lens as found on most good quality camera's.
The film is very good quality and is the same film that you would buy for your 35mm camera(for those of you that have still got one.
The results are surprisingly good with vibrant colours and good focus when taken outside in bright light conditions,photographs taken inside or in low light conditions are not quite as vibrant but as long as the subject is between 1m-3m from the camera the results are of acceptable quality,unfortunately there is no zoom on this camera.I do find that it is worth going to a photographic retailer who has a digital processing lab because the results are better when processed on a digital machine.
There is a big difference in the price that retailers charge for this camera ranging from 3.99 to 6.99 and it is also worth looking for offers ie 3 for 2 or buy one get one free.
Stick with a branded camera because you will get better overall results,the build qualiy is better and you are less likely to be disappointed with the end result.Also choose or use a trusted photo retailer to proccess your photo's for you.
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It has been quite a while since I have used one of these, I guess the days of digital cameras are well and truly upon us. There is something pleasurable though about taking a picture with a proper old fashioned camera. Maybe it is the click of the button or the way you sometimes had to wind on the dial to get to the next picture, such endearing little traits these cameras had!
The Kodak range of disposables are ideal for travelling and spontaneous occasions when you need a quick camera to hand. They cost around four to six pounds and can be bought online and from all leading supermarkets. When you buy a Kodak camera you will see that it is encased in a yellow sleeve and this can stay on while you use it. It helps remind you where it is too. How many times do you mislay the camera at a crucial moment!
The twenty seven pictures is generous enough to cover most events and when you have the photos developed the quality is usually crisp and clear and I have had very few bad pictures from the Kodak range. Easy to work with a button to take the picture and a sufficient viewing lens so you can see what you doing. It comes with the drawbacks of being quite lightweight and prone to getting crushed easily, particularly if you put very heavy objects on it. There is is also no zoom feature which is a pity, but I guess this would bump up the cost a lot.
The flash works well and I have tried it in dimly lit bedrooms and got pleasing results, no shadows or red blurs! The best place for these cameras is on holiday when you are around a pool or nipping off to sightsee, because the casing keeps it splash proof and it is small enough to shove in a bag. A handy camera which is easy to work and produces good quality prints.
Before the days of digital cameras I used to frequently carry a Kodak disposable camera around, so that I could catch life's little moments - it used to be fun - I'd take a camera full of snaps and then I'd get the camera developed. But nowadays everybody seems to have digital cameras, so they delete and retake pictures until their heart's content and end up with a bunch of staged snaps that they upload to Facebook and don't end up developing.
But even now, in 2010, there's the odd occasion that you can't beat capturing with a disposable camera because rather than ending up with a collection of staged photos you capture the moment. Also, nothing beats seeing a collection of pictures for the first time after they've been developed.
Kodak disposable cameras are available in lots of different places - from supermarkets to corner shops - and they are usually priced at around £5.99, but if you keep eagled-eyed then you will occasionally spot these on offer. They are really easy to find in the supermarket because they are covered in yellow Kodak branding.
These disposable cameras are really easy to use, you just press the button on the front (to make sure the flash is on), click to take your photograph and wind the camera on. They are also quite sturdy so if you're planning an adventure day, or a bit of a drunken escapade, then it might be worth investing in one of these to record your memories.
My friend recently had an engagement party and her and her fiancé opted to put disposable cameras on each table. I was quite pleased about this because my digital camera had recently gone caput, but I still wanted to have memories from the occasion, so my friend said that we'd have a look over the pictures once they'd been developed and get any good snaps copied.
It was fun snapping away and not having the option to look back at a picture, plus everybody had a go at taking snaps. When they'd been developed my friend and I met to up to have a look at the pictures... we had a good giggle and although they hadn't been taken with a 10 megapixel camera, the picture quality was still reasonable. The gripe I have is the fact that these cameras don't have a zoom button, so in some of the pictures the people were in the background rather than up close.
Overall I award this product 4 stars - Kodak disposable cameras are good value, they are sturdy and you can create some good pictures with them - I just wish they had a zoom button!
So who needs a disposable in this day and age of cheap digitals?
You might be surprised...
I still grab a disposable camera now and then.
1)They are perfect for letting the kids have some fun with something it doesn't matter if they drop/smear jam on/try to poke down the dog's throat.
2) Kodak have a great range: I've bought their panoramic pictures version for landcapes and the underwater version to take on holiday a few times. The picture of my son swimming underwater in the ocean is one of my favourite ever, and takes pride of place on my hall wall. Mind you, it was a bit hit and miss. I hadn't factored that I can't open my eyes underwater. I had to get him to swim up and down in front of me while I ducked underwater and hoped I got the camera pointing vaguely at him. He then followed my instructions to swim towards the camera and I guessed when he was in the right spot. One shot came out amazingly well. Couldn't do that with my digital. Also a lot safer for the beach in general.
3) Great for events like weddings and birthdays as you can leave them around for guests to grab and take informal snaps as a memento for you.
4) If you have an arty bent, there are all sorts of interesting things you can do to manipulate the results on film. Yes, I know you can just photoshop digital pics, but it's not the same!
5) It's nice to have a set of prints to hand round because let's face it, who bothers with all their digital snaps?
So why Kodak?
Although Kodak are a little pricier than some of the less well known brands, you know you are getting a good quality product with good quality film inside. Kodak were always one of the market leaders back in the old days when we all used film. The range has a lot of different option so that you can find the right one for whatever you are aiming for. Prices range from about £4 for a standard 27 exposure up to about £9 for a waterproof one.
All are very simple point and snap cameras with automatic focus and flash. Once you've used up all the exposures you need to get the film developed - lots of high street places do it (try Boots), supermarkets or there are cheaper postal services. Even with these cameras you can choose the option of having the photos put on a CD for you, so you can still get digital versions to print at home/email/facebook/whatever.
UPDATE: 2013 Two performed very well on holiday in Turkey in temperatures of 30 degrees plus and blinding sun/glare.
How very behind the times are my reviews?! Disposable cameras! 512mb Mp3 players! Eaasshhh. Sometimes the oldies are the goodies though and in my opinion disposable cameras still have their place.
The last one I used was a Kodak ULTRA. On this camera there was photographs firm Alton Towers where I didn't want my digi to get wet or squashed, nights out from where I was worried in a drunken state I'd leave my precious digi in some skummy toilet and from my holiday day out at the Aqua park.
In all of these situations a disposable was the perfect option to stop me worrying about my digital camera. Although I'd be gutted if I'd lost/broke/had stolen the disposable because of the photographs on it, I wasn't going to be devastated at loosing the £4.49 my camera cost in my local Morrisons.
The camera it's self is a good size, lighter than a digital one but similar in size. The buttons are large enough to hit properly and the flash comes on really quickly so your not stood there for ages like an idiot waiting for it.
The drawback of these camera's is the obvious one that you don't see the photographs for in my case 3 months on a trip to Boots one hour processing. I'm always a bit disappointed when I get a bad photograph as I've missed something I wanted recorded. The plus side is of course the laughs you get at some of them!
The cost of processing is also a negative, around £5 for 27 photographs! 27 Photographs to be printed off would cost about £2.70-£3? Very expensive. You then have all the effort of scanning them to put them on likes of facebook or in an email.
Overall I think my Kodak disposables are great for the occasions listed but sometimes you just need up to date technology!
I bought one of these cameras the other week as I was going to a family event and picked up my own camera to find the battery had gone dead and only when I went to change it that I realised it was a special camera battery I needed so off I went to Tesco and couldnt find an appropriate battery so I opted for a couple of single use cameras to tide me over.
There was lots to choose from but I went for a name I could trust and that was Kodak. They cost me around £6 each but that was all I needed they came complete with flash. Each camera had 27 exposures so that was enough for what I needed.
To be honest there is not much I can tell you about this camera as it is so simple to use just simply point and shoot the only downside I found was that you had to wind on the film yourself rather than it automatically doing it for you.
To activate the flash you just simply press the button on the front for a few seconds until the light comes on and if you dont use the camera for any length of time it automatically switches off.
Developing is easy just take the camera to your local film developer and hand the whole thing over and they will develop it for you but again there is a downside here the cost of developing can be expensive but if you really check the market you can actually find disposable cameras in which the price includes processing too.
When the pictures were developed I was very pleased with the quality.
Personally I wouldnt really buy these unless it is an ultimate emergency like I just had as they can prove to be more expensive than you think, but for the odd occasion I think it is a good thing and perhaps i may keep the odd one in the house incase of another emergency lol.
I bought this camera on holiday. The majority of my friends had already bought one in England and I felt a bit left out without a camera to take any snaps with. Anyway, so I bought one for around €16 in a little shop in Falaraki and started taking pictures straightaway. The camera is made out of black plastic with yellow paper wrapped around it so its not at all ugly to look at, quite stylish in fact! Its also fairly small and compact, only about 5 inches long and ½ an inch wide, so it easily fits in your pocket and is not at all bulky. The camera I bought had a flash, which worked excellently, the button was small and discreet, actually underneath the paper and it lit up the photos wonderfully, even photos taken in pitch black looked good! The normal photos were also of an excellent quality. I think this may be because it had the best Kodak film you can get inside of it, this made the quality superb. The camera I had had a total of 39 photos, which is definitely plenty! With that many you can take random pictures of anything you want, and if you run out you can simply just buy another disposable camera. In my opinion, buying a disposable camera like this is much much easier than buying a normal camera and having to pay for film and batteries on top of that, the quality may be slightly poorer, but it is still very good! My only moan is that I only came back with 30 photos, so some of the photos may not have come out properly, but I don’t know if that is the fault of the camera or the photographer! Anyway, that’s it, cant think of anything else to write!
I think that Kodak have always presented us with quality films, developing, other products etc. I use disposable cameras very frequently and always carry one about with me so as not to miss a great moment. Every photographs on my website has been taken with disposables and polaroids, disposables are my preffered camera for ease of use and convenience and therefore consider myself a semi-expert on the matter Of all the disposables I have used I have found that Kodak has been the one that never failed to give clear quality pictures. The Kodak that I am using at the moment is a Kodak Fun camera. The deal I got for this camera was £9.97 for 2 disposable 39 exposure cameras loaded with Kodak Ultra Gold film, now I think that 78 photographs for £9.97 is great, and the film is very high quality. The cameras are also very easy to use - you just need to wind on and press the flash button if you need it and away you go. There are instructions on the back if it is your first time using a single use/disposable camera. They are also very bright and cheerful looking. I definitely will use them again :-)