Product Type: Kodak cameras
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Surprisingly good photos!
Kodak Ultra Day
Member Name: chrisandmark
Kodak Ultra Day
Advantages: Comfortable to hold, decent sized viewfinder, good end results
Disadvantages: No flash
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!
Summary: A nice cheap little disposable camera that takes a good photo
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