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Kodak Sport Camera - good single use camera
Kodak Sport Single Use Camera
Member Name: adamp84
Kodak Sport Single Use Camera
Advantages: solid, easy to use
Disadvantages: button to take photo is a bit small
I recently bought one of these on holiday in Egypt. I meant to buy one in the UK before i left but as one of the key attractions of Sharm el Sheikh is the snorkelling these were readily available, for a premium i might add - i payed the equivalent of £12 for this camera - it is available in the UK for between £7-£9.
What is it?
Quite simply its a Kodak single use/disposable camera inside a thick plastic case. It will take 27 photos, there is a small photo counter on the top of the camera which tells you how many shots you have left. Being a single use camera it uses 35mm film which has to be wound on using a pretty large and sturdy switch to turn on the top of the camera - the size is handy when you're trying to wind on the film underwater. The button to take the picture is on the front of the camera at the top and is quite small, its actually a little hard to use - my main criticism of the camera really.
The plastic casing looks and feels very robust, it looks quite thick but this doesn't impair your ability to see through the viewfinder to take a picture and doesn't have any impact on the quality of the photos. It easily withstood small shocks (i.e. being dropped both in the hotel and on the beach!) it also floats! - very helpful when you let go of it in the water! Kodak do provide you with what can only be described as a big blue rubber band which acts as a strap but this is a little flimsy.
All in all the camera feels pretty good and sturdy and is pretty easy to operate underwater, the button to take the photo is a bit fiddly but you get used to it.
It was a bit hard to take photos looking through a snorkel mask and the viewfinder in the camera but the photos came out surprisingly well. The quality of the photos will of course depend on the environment - where i was the water was very clear and the light was very good so most of the photos came out well - they were clear and the colours were bright. Some of the photos i tried to take at deeper depths didnt come out as well, primarily because the light was poorer and without a flash the picture was quite dark.
All in all i think this is a pretty good little underwater camera. Its not fancy so dont expect the same picture quality as a top of the range digital camera but it does the job. If you frequently take photos underwater several people on holiday had a digital camera which could be used in the water - this could be an alternative. I would also recommend buying before going on holiday - likely to be cheaper.
Summary: A great little single use camera - ideal for underwater holiday snaps
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