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Kodak Fun Flash - Single Use camera - 35mm

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      11.01.2013 10:49
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      These disposable cameras with flash are very good and useful

      WHAT IS IT?

      A single use disposable camera with flash.  It is made by Kodak, a well known and respected brand.

      HOW DO YOU USE IT?

      This is a very basic camera that already has the film in and the flash installed so it is ready to use as soon as you unwrap it.  You look through the viewfinder to frame your photograph and just press the button to capture it.

      THE RESULTS

      When you get the photographs developed you have to take the whole camera in, I took mine to Tesco and it cost about £6 to get them developed.  I think that is good value for 39 photographs.  I bought a pack of 3 cameras for when my daughter was born in June and out of all those photographs only 5 didn't come out and were pure black prints even though I had taken them as I normally would. I don't mind losing a few though because most of the rest of the photographs came out perfectly with sharp images and bright honest colours.

      WHAT I THINK

      I like how easy the cameras are to use. I bought them to start with so that my daughters could take photographs of their baby sister and get proper prints instead of just loading them onto the computer like when we use our digital cameras.  The camera is easy to hold in my hand and also in my daughters smaller hands, it's shaped so that you can put your hand in a good position for taking steady photographs.

      The flash is bright and that is good when you are taking photographs in low light, it is not as effective as the flash on my digital camera but I did not expect it to be.  It does not cause many problems with red eye and that is good because you cannot edit printed photographs like you can on the computer.  Sometimes when you take a photo when the natural light is just fading it can make faces look paler than they should be and that is a shame but for a disposable camera I do not think that is much if a disadvantage because I would expect little things like that to go wrong.

      Most of our photographs look good and are as good as any I would take on my digital camera. I like that there is no delay at all between pressing the button and the photograph being taken because that has let us take action shots that I would probably have missed with the delay on my digital camera. I have taken a beautiful photograph of my 3 daughters all together, they are all wearing red clothing and I was very happy with how bright the red colours came out and that photograph looks beautiful in a frame and you would not think it was from such a cheap disposable camera.  You can use these Fun Flash cameras indoors or outdoors and the results are good wherever you are.  They would be good to buy or a child who is going on a school trip.

      ANYTHING ELSE

      A set of 3 of these cameras costs £13 on Amazon but when you buy them you need to take into account the price of developing the photographs. I still think it is good value and if you shop round you can sometimes find these cameras with free developing at certain shops.

      4 Dooyoo Stars.

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        31.10.2011 03:42
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        Great ~ Good ~ Fab ~ Fun!

        I love the simplicity of these disposable cameras. I found these in a £1 shop on holidays and was very grateful! I had forgotten my camera... as you do! And was quite gutted about it. I had batteries ready, the memory card had been wiped ready to fill again... and I leave it on the mantle piece!

        When I saw these I was so chuffed! A camera for a quid.... Fab! Brilliant for taking random snaps on the beach, grab it when the kids do something funny, brilliant!

        I bought 5 with the thinking if I needed another I could always go back for more, and after taking it out of it's cardboard packaging it was simple how to use it. In saying that though my son who was 6 at the time looked a bit puzzled... 'Where's the screen?' he asked!
        I wound the little wheel on the back until it stopped and got ready to take my first photo, it did feel a little strange using the little viewing hole once again after getting used to using a screen to judge but I soon got the hang of it.

        After each photo, remember to wind the wheel.

        The excellent thing about these cameras is that nothing can be deleted should you not like how you look in certain photo's, once they have been taken then that's it!
        You won't see the photo's until they have been developed!

        What's developed???
        My son was puzzled when I took the cameras into Asda to have them developed, he asked why I couldn't just print them at home lol!

        Going back to collect them it was lovely to look through the photo's for the first time, it's so nice not knowing exactly what is on the film, it makes it much nicer somehow. It was even nice seeing the half blinking eye's photo's that had not been deleted because they looked awful.

        These are brilliant, especially for special occassions like parties and weddings, the surprise of seeing the developed pics is so lovely.

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          30.08.2011 20:28
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          Surprisingly decent

          For my sisters 30th birthday last year we threw her a big surprise party and my mother had the idea to leave disposable cameras on the tables for guests to take their own photos so she would have a unique memory of the evening. I think she had got the idea from watching a movie but I also thought it was a good idea when she told me about it. I thought it would be hilarious to capture people when they were a little inebriated and see the results. Unfortunately my enthusiasm died when I found out that I had been given the responsibility of buying the cameras and then gathering them all together at the end of the night and getting the pictures developed.

          I had a good search round for which disposable cameras to use as the money for them was coming out of my own pocket and as I had to get 20 of them it was going to cost me quite a bit. The cheapest ones that I could find that fit my criteria were the Kodak fun flash disposable cameras which I managed to find for £19.99 for a pack containing 5 cameras.

          There were other cheaper cameras to choose from but my main criteria in purchasing a disposable camera was that it needed to have a flash and these were the cheapest I could find that had one.
          There were also much more expensive ones to choose from so I was a little worried in that buying the cheapest ones I could find that the pictures would be pretty much useless but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the pictures produced by the cameras.

          The cameras themselves weren't as cheap and nasty looking as I had imagined they would be but there is no getting away from the fact they are disposable but this isn't necessarily a bad thing and they are fun looking with yellow, red and black colouring. They look sort of like a child's toy and actually feel like a bit like a toy too because they are made with plastic however they do feel quite sturdy and well-made which is something I wasn't expecting.

          The cameras could take 39 pictures but this is because they had an extra 12 per camera otherwise the usual amount of pictures you can take with one of these is 27. Taking the picture was really easy and just involved lining up what you wanted to shoot and pressing the button.
          The flash was a lot better and brighter than I thought it would be for the price and the only annoying thing about it was that you needed to wait for the flash to charge each time before you could use it again but in all fairness this only took a few seconds.

          I actually enjoyed using this camera as opposed to my digital ones. It's not that I would like to go back to using film but because everything was so easy to use with the camera and there was no fiddling about with settings it made for a nice change.
          And my favourite thing about the cameras personally was that because it is film and not digital there is none of that annoying thing where when you take the picture everyone in it demands to be able to see it straight away and then insist certain pictures be deleted. It was also nice to be ensured that at least these pictures weren't going to end up on facebook the next morning.

          Taking the pictures in to be developed came as a bit of a shock as I haven't had to do it in years and wasn't expecting it to be quite so expensive. After I got over my initial shock I left the photographs to be developed and agreed to pick them up a week later.
          When I got all the envelopes back I took them round to my sisters and we spent a fun afternoon laughing over them.

          The majority of the pictures came out really well but about 20 per cent of them were either out of focus, over exposed or just dark with nothing on them. I didn't really think this was bad considering the cheap price of the cameras. The ones that did turn out ok had a nice colour to them and looked pretty much like you would get from an inexpensive digital camera. Kodak say that to get the best pictures then the subject should be between 4 and 10 feet from the camera but we had shots taken at much further and closer distances than this and they also came out fine and weren't made blurry with being to close or too far away.

          Although buying a disposable camera isn't something I can really see me doing again I was pleasantly surprised with just how well these Kodak fun flash cameras actually worked. These would be absolutely ideal for either those times that you don't want to risk damaging your digital cameras or else I think they would also be great for small children to be able to take their own pictures with. The only drawback as far as I can see is with the developing costs which can work out quite expensive.

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            23.06.2011 08:40
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            A great camera for single use

            ==Kodak Fun Flash Disposable Camera==


            A while back the single use cameras were on offer in Boots where you buy three and get them for the price of two. I was quick to snap up this deal as I thought it was a good price for getting three cameras.

            This Fun Flash camera from Kodak retails at £6.99 p which is not a bad price when you think that you get more photos on this 35 mm film than usual with a total of 39 exposures. Also the price is reduced when you work out the actual price when purchased with the 3 for 2 offer on in Boots. These camera are available in a whole load of different places including smaller holiday shops but of course these shops have the price hiked right up so its well worth looking around.

            The camera itself looks a little different to the one that Dooyoo have pictured here as it is more chunky and the coloured stickers on the front are red and yellow. There is still a flash on the front, a viewfinder, a wind on dial, photo counter and a button to press to take the pictures though.

            The camera itself is loaded with a 800 speed , 35 mm, 39 exposure film and this seems to be able to take pictures quickly and efficiently and using the camera itself I found very easy to do. Unlike taking out and using my expensive digital camera, I found using this I really didn't have to worry about throwing it in my bag or even if it got pinched. The fact that I was able to allow Jack, who is 4, to try and take some pictures at the park is something I wouldn't have been so carefree about if I was using my digital camera.

            The camera needs winding on each time a picture is taken and I found that if you slowly press the button to take the picture instead of pushing it fast it seems to give a better feel to using it and in theory should give a clearer picture. The flash needs pressing and charging up to use each time you want to use it and this is done by pressing a button on the front. This doesn't take long to do and as soon as it is ready to use a little red LED light is illuminated. The flash is bright and perfect for those night time shots or indeed when indoors. The counter on the top of the camera is very handy for showing you how many photos are left it in the camera is a really good little touch and in general the camera is simple to use and well designed. The 39 exposures that came with this camera are quite a lot and I had to pay more at the Boots counter when I got the film developed but I didn't mind.

            I was able to get the excitement back of finding out what the pictures looked like we had taken and having to sort through them to see which ones were any good or not. I was quite surprised that a lot of the photos were really good and there was only a couple that weren't but like usual I feel it was more to do with the person taking the picture than the actual camera itself. Each photo gave a clear and crisp look which is perhaps not as good as my digital camera but far better than my old, and not so great, digital camera.

            Overall I feel that the fact this camera gives a lot of exposures for the money paid for it and the quality of each print is very good too I can't help but think that I would buy it again. For a worry free stack of memories that I actually have printed out rather than saved to the computer I think this little camera is a great purchase and I won't hesitate in giving it a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation!

            I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

            many thanks for taking the time to read.

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              09.06.2011 21:32
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              Good fun but wouldn't rely on them as the only camera for an occassion

              A few months ago my best friend got married and I was given the wonderful role as chief bridesmaid and to help organise the tables for the wedding breakfast and evening reception.

              As a nice novel touch, the bride wanted disposable cameras on each table so the guests could take their own pictures. Once the cameras were used up the guests were asked to put the cameras in a designated basket. It was then my job to ensure they were taken in, printed and brought home ready for the happy couple to view once they had come back from their fabulous honeymoon.
              I've forgotten how much fun disposable cameras are. None of this "Oh I look terrible - delete!" malarkey that you get with digital cameras. Unfortunately, they all get printed warts and all!
              The main reason I chose this brand was reputation. Kodak has been a major player in the photography market for many years and has a reputation for quality. It was my role to buy the cameras and I wanted good quality ones that gave first rate results.

              *The product*

              The camera is made out of plastic and comes in various colours. The ones I bought were black and blue and measured 12.7 x 3.8 x 12.1 cm. I have recently found out that Kodak is doing a special "wedding" range that are white and have flowers on. These would have looked much better!
              The cameras weigh 136 g which is nice and light. They were perfect size for holding, even the children could do use them. The "take photo" button is located on top of the camera. At the front of the camera is a small button for the flash located to the right of the lens and further up is the flash and the viewfinder. If we flip the camera over, we can again see the view finder along with a little light that indicates if the flash is on or off. Next to this is a little dial that needs turning to wind the film on. There is no need to ever see the film as when the camera is used up all you have to do is take the whole thing to the photography lab and they sort it out for you. All you have to do it come back and collect the snaps when they are ready.

              *Specification*

              * 27 exposures.
              * Loaded with 800 speed film.
              * Recyclable.


              *Directions*

              To use the camera- Flick the switch at the front of the camera that activates the flash. The little light at the back of the camera will glow orange. If you wait a few seconds this will turn green which means it is ready to go. Next you need to make sure the film is wound on by running your thumb across the little dial until it clicks. Point the camera at your subject (it is advisable to be at least one meter away) and look through the viewfinder. Once you have the correct positioning then hit the "take photo" button. Voila! The photograph is taken.

              *How I found it*

              Once you get used to how the camera works and how to hold it, the camera is really easy to use. The main difficulty I experienced was the time it took for the camera to get ready between shots. You had to wind the film on and wait for the flash to kick in. I was used to my digital camera where you can take ten frames per second!

              *The results*
              The camera is fitted with 800 speed film. Most other disposable cameras are fitted with 400 speed. Kodak claims that by using an 800 speed film photographs are 23% better than those from a 400 speed film. I didn't notice that they were any better than any other disposable I have used before.
              The photographs I got were poor compared to the ones digital camera take these days. Many were blurry or out of focus. Some of the photographs had a demon looking bride and groom with horrendous red eyes and many had sleepy looking guests caught in mid blink.

              There were also many photographs of people's fingers as they had failed to hold the camera correctly. This obviously is not a negative of the camera, but simply a consequence of the copious amounts of alcohol drank by the users!

              Nevertheless there were some gems and they were a lot of fun. The flash was okay but many of the photos that had people as subjects were simply lit up in a black background and looked like they had been stood behind a black board. Photographs of the building in the dark didn't come out as the flash wasn't powerful enough to light up that much space.

              Most of the photographs from the day time were great. The ones that were taken in clear bright day light were excellent and even the ones taken inside with natural light were good.

              Overall I'd say the cameras were reliable. Every single one worked fine and many of the poor results were down to human error.

              *Price and availability*

              The cameras are widely available for around £4.99 but I managed to find a six in a pound store! I asked the shop attendant if they had any more, but unfortunately they didn't so I bought the remaining four at Tesco.

              When it came to printing I took them all to Boots and paid around £2.99 per camera.
              With hindsight I should have gone for the disc option, where for £1.99 they will put the images on a disc. You can then print them off yourself. This option would have taken some of the fun out of picking up the photographs and having paper copies but would have saved money in regards to printing the poor quality ones.

              I have noticed since my purchase that for a similar price, you can get hold of a single use camera from a different brand that includes free processing! This would save so much money and would be something I would look towards in the future.

              *Overall*

              I'd like to say cheap and cheerful but when factoring the price of processing; they aren't. Unfortunately with technology moving at the pace it is, we have been spoiled by the digital age and the results from cameras such as this are a bit disappointing. They are however, good fun and did provide a few giggles.

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                22.09.2010 16:00
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                A handy single use camera

                Whilst we often use digital cameras these days, there are still times when a single use camera can come in handy. We have tried many of these one use cameras including the Kodak Fun Flash Camera which has proven to be slightly better than some of the other single use film based cameras we have tried.

                When looking for cameras such as this we always try to go for something thats on offer which is how we ended up with 2 of the Kodak Fun Flash Cameras. At the time when we purchased them we paid just £3.99 each, which we thought was very good value for a camera that contained a Kodak 35mm camera film.

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                Our Kodak Fun Flash Cameras were something that we used for a day out when we were didn't want to risk damaging our more expensive cameras. We found that based on overall performance, the way the Kodak Fun Flash Camera worked for us was better than you might expect, although it did have its limitations.

                The camera came simply packed in a distinctive looking yellow toned box that is part of the Kodak branding. This bright yellow colourway with red highlights and the Kodak name, ensures that the camera is easy to spot when looking to buy one amongst the other single use offerings. The packing and the camera within are light and well protected prior to use.

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                We found the Kodak Fun Flash Camera to be nicely formed with an easy to handle shape that felt comfortable in the hand once accustomed to it. The slightly curved indents at the side of the camera offer you a shapely but decent grip when snapping away. The red and yellow themed colour scheme favoured by Kodak is continued on the camera and the over all feel is neat and compact.

                When using the camera to take pics we found the flash to be useful in lower lighting conditions. Not only was it ready for use quickly, which was good, but it also provided a slightly brighter flash than some other single use cameras we have used. This was of benefit at times when we needed to use the flash and and made for a better end result with those particular pictures.

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                Whilst the Kodak Fun Flash Camera does feel light in your hand when steadying yourself to take your photo, it doesn't feel too flimsy. Once we got used to the feel and weight of the camera and became accustomed to the positioning of the flash and capture buttons, it became much easier to use.

                One thing that you can't do with these types of single use camera is snap away at great speed taking shot after shot. There were times when we were not quite ready to take our next pic and due to the extra time needed to reset everything we had to re think how to take the picture as the moment had gone. This is something that you need to factor into your planned use of the camera.

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                Aspects about the Kodak Fun Flash Camera which set it slightly higher than certain other one use cameras we have tried, were in particular the slightly brighter flash and also the 800 speed film which our cameras came fitted with. This 800 speed 35mm film meant that we could get better, clearer action type shots which we were very pleased with when they were developed.

                Although not all the 27 exposures per camera came out in a satisfactory condition, we did find we had some very nice photos amongst those that came out. We put this better over all result in terms of clarity and colour down to the film used as many single use cameras are not fitted with the same type of film.

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                Kodak actually claim that by using an 800 speed film you may end up with pictures which are up to 23% better than those from a 400 speed film. Not being a total expert on these things all I can say is that the results were in the main better than with other similar cameras fitted with 400 speed films that we have tried.

                There are times such as family parties, weddings, trips out to theme parks, childrens school trips , holidays etc, where these types of cameras can work well. As a simple to use and user friendly one use camera, the Kodak Fun Flash Cameras we bought worked well for us. They are something we would use again of the price is right. As they gave us a selection of shots, were easy to use and didn't cost too much to buy the Kodak Fun Flash Cameras get a handy 4 stars.

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              The KODAK Single-Use Camera range provides an inexpensive way to produce superb quality pictures even where traditional cameras don't dare to go. Stylish, compact, and robust, the cameras can be taken anywhere. Whether you are a party animal or prefer a walk in the country, the KODAK Single-Use Camera range fits your lifestyle. They are easy to use and ready for action.