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Those damned fish keep moving!
Kodak Sport Single Use Camera
Member Name: Bellroyd
Kodak Sport Single Use Camera
Advantages: It's a pretty colour combination and it did stay watertight
Disadvantages: Waterproof single use cameras don't produce very good photos
Our last holiday was to Egypt. We are both keen snorkellers but I always get the job of taking the photos as my wife doesn't venture too far from the boat or the end of the jetty.
For the last couple of beach holidays we have bought a couple of waterproof cameras prior to departure. This year we forgot and we were at the airport before I remembered I had forgotten. I wasn't prepared to pay airport shop prices so we left it until we were in resort before venturing out to one of the local shops to see what we could find.
Now anyone who has been to the Red Sea coast will know that all the shop owners stand outside their shops and beckon you inside with a variety of ruses to get at your money. Quite a few shops sold cameras and had the Kodak sign at the window, including a supermarket (which I was surprised at and which also turned out to be the most expensive) so we visited them all.
Whilst my wife browsed the cheap tat and suntan oil, I did my research and got the best price from each of 3 shops. Of course, playing one off against the other always works as they don't like to see custom going elsewhere, so I reckon I got a pretty good deal in the end with a few other items, in a total of 6 purchases for which I paid the equivalent of about 15 pounds. Included amongst the 6 items was a single use disposable camera, the waterproof Kodak Sport single use camera. Somewhat ironically, this was the only item I had gone in to actually buy so whether it was a true bargain or not is debatable! They were £11.99 at the airport and are around a tenner online.
The Kodak sport 35mm camera has 27 exposures and is loaded with Kodak Ultra Max 800 film. It comes in a blue and yellow rubberised case (my wife thought it was much prettier than the Fuji equivalent we saw) and is shockproof and waterproof to up to 15m - plenty deep enough for me when snorkelling.
As is typical with cameras of this sort, there are no fancy features. You just point and shoot and hope you get a decent shot. For this reason, you don't expect to get fantastic quality. The camera doesn't pretend to be any better than it is, but doesn't tend to produce photos of the best quality.
We had it developed when we returned and only had 19 prints returned out of the 27, According to the negatives. the others were just a dark grey blur. All of the photos were taken underwater but most of them were pretty poor. It has to be said, it was mostly the fault of the inconsiderate fish who kept moving! Some of the prints were blurred and indistinct but I am prepared to accept that this was probably my fault rather than the camera.
Somehow, before returning to Blighty, I anticipated a poor outcome for these underwater shots and on the final day whilst using up our currency I bought a selection of nice postcards featuring brightly coloured fishy-wishies which at least served as a recognisable reminder of fish we had actually seen - and one or two larger fiercer looking ones that we were pleased we hadn't.
I have come to the conclusion that this and other similar cameras are of very limited value for taking underwater photos. The camera did its job and stayed watertight - the very basic requirement of a waterproof camera - but the conditions and the fact that I'm not much of a photographer just made it too difficult to get photos you could be proud of.
I will give the camera a charitable 4 stars and the photographer an equally charitable one star!
Summary: I'll just enjoy my snorkelling from now on and buy postcards!
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