“ Polaroid Fun Shooter Flash - Single Use camera - Advance wheel - Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec „
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There are very few negatives to travelling around the world with your backpack but one of them is not being able to take a nice camera. They are heavy, they got stolen from your room or rucksack, damaged by sand, sun cream and weather and you can easily lose them. After my year in Australia in the early 1990s I returned with FIVE of these disposable cameras in my bag. One of the nicest cameras I ever owned is at the bottom of the Barrier Reef and another still in the Gibson Dessert, no doubt home to all manner of deadly creepy crawlies now. There's another at the bottom of the Grand Canyon from 1996 and another in SOWETO, that with some rather saucy pictures on it, film I would have had to develop myself although no intention of going to look for it at the time, one scary city, Joburg. I suspect that place holds the record for mugged tourists.
So what you do is you either buy a second hand cheap camera at a thrift or discount store on the road and hope not to lose that one or got for these disposable ones that give you a set amount of pictures on old fashioned film and then you store them away as you would a used roll of film until you get home. Obviously you can pay to have them developed and send the pictures home but that is quite expensive now. What tends to happen with these cameras is you get the developing costs free with the camera when you get home, often sold under the company name of the film inside. They are very light and contain few metal parts and so not heavy to have tucked away in ones bag or rucksack and so often the best option if your trip is nearly done.
This model is by Polaroid and has around 27 shots in the barrel but often they round up to 30, or, indeed, 25. This one is fairly unique in that it has a flash on it and so can take slightly quicker resolution pictures of up to 400 ISO. It's an old model but you still see them in camera shops and discount stores here and they work pretty good. Remember, if you do still buy these things today the film may have got old and be no good if it's exposed to any sort of light down the lens for too long. When you develop film and see that haze or fog it's because light has got in somehow. I would keep them in the cardboard packaging until you use them and between using them as the packaging is often more durable than what these plastic and cardboard cameras are made of. Remember, they are design to last one roll of film and then by ripped apart to get that film out. Any sand or grit in your bag or rucksack will eventually work there way into the cameras few working parts. They have no chance against spilt sugary drinks or booze.
Its basic shoot and press plastic button for the snap taken and a simple plastic winder to line up the next one on the spool. Make sure you center it. The flash doesn't work every time and there is a little marker you move to make sure its set to go off for darker shots. It tends to make up its mind on when to flash. The flash is flush to the design and makes the camera look less angular and so more stylish than most of these disposable models. The lens doesn't zoom in any way and so stand a little closer to your target people or think about your scenery shot. This has got a 'fag on' and its jeans half way own its bum crack when it comes to helping you get a decent shot.
The picture quality is ok and what you would expect, again these things only really designed for emergencies if you have lost or forgotten your camera. This particular model is quite expensive with that flash and you are looking at £10 but you do get the film developed for that price and so not that bad, ideal for weddings and night outs. But, alas, with the development of digital film and great cell phone cameras little call for these anymore and why 35mm development charges are no longer cheap. In the old days the postage & packaging cost more than the actual film lab costs to develop 24 to 36 pictures.
They are durable and can easily survive a drop or two and although exposed to the elements because they are cardboard and plastic I have never lost the roll because of a breech. One was in my bag for two months and still fine. They are dinosaurs though and digitalis king now and so only really things found in tourist shops and vending machines now. Digital cameras make photography very easy now and however nostalgic you are for old camera film it's simply not durable or worth it any more.
I have always been a fan of photographs, I was "that" sad mother, who after the birth of her first child, took a camera full a week of photographs, then put them all carefully in an album, preserved for prosperity!
Now if you are at all familiar with my other reviews you will notice one overwhelming similarity with them...... none of them are in the slightest technical!
I am not what you would call a technophobe, I just can't get my head around it, my husband is more than capable of setting up televisions and uploading pictures from my daughters digital camera onto the computer, but I have trouble actually turning on a digital camera, let alone working out how to turn them into photo's I can actually hold.
And before some smart arse points out that I have a picture on this site, I would like to say the most I did for that picture was put some slap on, my darling husband did the rest!!
I will finally get to the point.... The product I will now review is "Polaroid, single use camera"
I first discovered single use cameras when my mum told me about a special offer that was being run through our local "Klick" store, the offer was two cameras, including developing for £10, which I thought was phenomenal.
I have always been the type of person that loses cameras, putting them down then forgetting they ever existed, using these meant that, yes there was a good chance I would lose some precious images but, no it wouldn't cost me a fortune replacing them.
I came across these particular cameras when my husband actually started working for Asda, as part of Asda's reward scheme, they give each employee a loyalty card, which in turn discounts 10% of your total shopping bill, you can use it for shopping, clothes, electrical's and yes, you've guessed it, cameras and developing.
On this bombshell I decided it would be wiser to purchase my single use cameras from the afore mentioned store, this is how I came across these.
The store sells very few single use cameras, and the ones they do are not particularly cheap, the "own" brand costs exactly 10p less than the Polaroid one, hence the review on that camera!
The camera's come in there own cardboard pouch, with the packaging markings replicating the markings on the camera itself.
When removed from the cardboard sleeve, the camera is a navy blue colour with a fetching "montage" of pictures on the front, obviously to symbolise the pictures you will be taking with it!
This is a simple generic camera with the usual things, ie there is the view hole, (apologies to the technical minded of you reading this review, I have no knowledge of the proper words for the buttons!), there is the camera lens, the flash in the left hand corner and a flash button half way down the left side, with "FLASH" written underneath it, told you it was simple!
On the top is the ready light, with shows when the flash is enabled with the statement that this is a "single use camera" written next to it. Next to that is the quantity window, the camera starts at 27 exposures and as the pictures are taken, counts down towards zero. As I mentioned earlier there are 27 exposures but anyone familiar with these cameras will be aware that you can squeeze a couple of extra pictures from the camera with the only down side being that the last picture taken is usually double exposed with the picture taken previously, which makes for some interesting photo's! Finally there is the "shoot" button to actually take the pictures with.
On the back of the camera there are written and picture instructions on the best way to take the photo's, first you must wind the camera onto the fist exposure using the wind bitton situated on the back of the camera, then you must aim, look, push the flash button and keep holding it until you take the picture, and that's pretty much it!
The pictures that you get, as long as you are a reasonable photographer, are good pictures. I am not the worlds best photographer by any means, but I rarely get a bad picture.
They are clear and crisp and have not had a photo with the obligatory red "devil eyes", for quite sometime.
On the back of the camera there are pictures to specify that the entire unit, including the batteries is recyclable, but due to the fact the entire unit has to be returned to the store for developing, that is left entirely to the discretion of the shop.
One camera costs £2.29 and developing costs from £1.99, that is for the standard size photograph, obviously with my discount card it works out less for me!
My one recommendation to you is to use Asda's photo centre, as when you get the photo's they come with a dull sheen coating, this reduces down the risk of you ending up with fingerprints over them!
Would I recommend, yes, most wholeheartedly! These are not going to produce the best quality photo's around, but if you are like me..... Forgetful, then these are foolproof way of saving you the expense of purchasing a new digi camera every time one gets lost! The fact that this camera is produced by such a well known brand in photography is only an added bonus!
For more information visit - www.asda.co.uk ot alternatively www.concord-camera.com
Thanks for reading x