Alice went on a school trip to The Lowry Gallery in Manchester last week, we'd already been told that the kids wouldn't be allowed to take photos inside the gallery but she still wanted to take a camera to get some snaps of her friends dossing in shopping centre. I was going to lend her my camera, but the day before she was due to go I noticed a big pile of Kodak Ultra Day single use cameras in Poundstretcher - at just £1.69 each it would have been rude not to buy a few!
I took one with me when I took Hollie and David to the farm, Mark picked the developed photographs up for me this morning and I've got to say I'm impressed with the quality of them.
The camera is so ridiculously basic by today's standards; it's what the words 'point and shoot' were invented for, there's nothing you need to do other than wind the film on and press the capture button. It's focus-free (as you'd expect) with a decent sized viewfinder to enable you to comfortably and easily frame your shot - with the added advantage of the photograph being taken as soon as you press the button, not after a two or three second time lag a'la most digital cameras. That means I get the shot *I* want, not the one my camera decides it wants to take.
The camera has a solid feeling body, I haven't used a throwaway camera for donkeys years but remember them being flimsy and always feeling like they were going to collapse inward on themselves. This one feels really nice to hold and has a nice streamlined body which sits comfortably in the hand, it also has smooth contours at either end so that when you raise the camera to your eye you can get a good enough grip to capture as crisp a shot as possible.
There's no flash on this camera (hence the 'Day' moniker) so it's only really suitable for outdoor use in decent weather. I got a nice shot of David and Hollie in the farm's cafe but this showed up the fact that I didn't have a flash as the photo is sharp and crisp where the harsh fluorescent strip lighting caught their faces, but the one edge of the snap is dull and blurry-looking as this is where the lighting 'ran out'. This just shows that you can get a decent photo indoors but the lighting must be very strong, although to be honest you might as well pick up a disposable camera that has a flash if you're planning on taking indoor photos to save the messing around. One bonus of not having a flash is that none of your snaps will have red-eye, a very good thing as (as far as I know) there is no layman-designed red-eye remover for actual printed photographs.
I had my photos developed in Tesco and am really pleased with them, obviously some weren't worth getting developed but that's half the excitement of a film camera - you just never know what you're going to get back! This Kodak takes 39 photos according to the packaging, but when I counted I only got 34 back after developing. This either means you don't actually get the full 39 exposures, or five of my pictures were so bad that Tesco didn't even bother giving them to me. Which is a distinct possibility with my photography skills!
I've got a brill Sony Cybershot camera which I love but on the spur of the moment me and my mate decided to go down to the Hagley Road to see if we could see the pope in his popemobile! lol Well we thought the main thing at Cofton Park was happening 2 mins away and the roads all round our houses were closed so we might as well see what all the fuss was about. I didn't even THINK about taking my camera until we got close and saw that everyone else had got them and then it was too late! lol
We popped into the shop on the way to the Hagley Road for some munchies and when I saw he was selling these basic Kodak cameras I bought one because I thought it would be nice to get some snaps.
It ended up that we didn't see the pope because we got there waaaaaaay too late and there was a tonne of people who had been standing there waiting for HOURS. I saw the top of the popemobile and held the camera up into the air, when the photos come back there's a bit of a shadow in the window that might be the pope.... or one of the other men in the car.... or even just a reflection! lol
Anyway, the camera is fine. It's a dead basic disposible camera that takes half decent photos. Kodak say that this camera is made for taking photos in the daytime but that's only because there's no flash on it! I loved how basic it was to use because there's no messing about with it at all. The camera is always on so when you're ready to take a photo you just wind the winder round and press the button.
The button to take the photo is good, you don't have to force it down like when you use Boots disposible cameras and other cheaper cameras. It feels just like pressing the button on an old film camera, it's not as soft feeling as using a digital camera obviously but I think it has still got a nice feel. One good thing is that with this camera as soon as you press the button you take the photo, not like the annoying delay on my digital camera that means I sometimes miss perfect shots.
I got the photos developed today because I'd took some of me and my mate that I wanted to see. The photos have come out brill, I got them developed as normal sized photos and they are dead sharp and clear. The only thing is that the colour is a bit washed out compared to photos I print out from my digital camera.
Recommended for if you leave your camera at home!