Cameras can be expensive…especially if you just want to take a few pictures of a specific event or trip. Buying a digital camera can set you back several hundred dollars, and even the film cameras that you can find are still priced higher than you might want to pay for just a few pictures. Do you really have to pay that much for a camera that you’re likely only going to use every now and then?
Luckily, the answer to that question is a resounding “no.” Before you spend that much money on a camera, you should consider buying a disposable camera that you can use, develop, and not have to worry about after it’s developed. In order to make sure that you get the disposable camera that will best meet your needs, make sure that you follow these simple steps when shopping for your camera:
- Determine how many exposures you need by figuring out how many pictures you’re planning to take. Events such as graduations or award ceremonies might take fewer exposures since you’re likely only going to be taking pictures of a few people, whereas vacations or concerts may have you wanting to take a lot of pictures.
- Consider the environment in which you’ll be taking the pictures. Different cameras exist for different light settings, with some that are optimized for outdoor photos and some that are designed for low-light or indoor situations. Most disposable cameras come with a flash equipped, though there are a few that don’t.
- Make note of the film speed of the different cameras that you’re looking at. While many disposable cameras are high-speed cameras (if a speed number is given, such as 200 or 400, then the higher the number is the faster it is), you want to make sure that you don’t accidentally get a low-speed camera which might make your pictures blur if there is any movement while the photo is being taken.
- Be sure to take care not to purchase a black-and-white disposable camera, unless you’re specifically wanting black-and-white photos. Along the same line, you should make sure you don’t accidentally choose a camera that prints borders or other pictures on the film unless you’re looking for something festive along those lines.
- If you need more exposures than the cameras offer (generally 12-36), consider buying a multi-pack. This gives you more exposures, and also can allow you to give extra cameras to friends or family so that you can get more pictures from different angles or photo opportunities that you might have missed.