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Buying a single-use camera: The 5 most important tips

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Curt Bauer

A disposable camera is ideal for special occasions. But what do you have to look out for when buying? CHIP has put together five important tips that you should keep in mind when buying a single-use camera. We also recommend two models for all occasions. You can see in the video which photo books we recommend for your recordings.

A disposable camera turns out to be an ideal addition for weddings, birthday parties and other important occasions. Without basic technical knowledge, guests can take photos and capture the best moments on photo paper. This is exactly where the appeal of mobile phone photos lies: With a disposable camera, you only see the photos once they have been developed and you can then give them away or stick them in the album. However, the image quality of the photos differs depending on the model. We are therefore giving you five important tips that you should keep in mind when buying and using a single-use camera.

1. Buy a single-use camera: the more important, the more expensive

Anyone looking to buy a single-use camera is faced with a multitude of different models. The following applies: the more important the occasion, the more money you should spend. In the case of no-name products, there is often no information about the most important element: the film. You can only see whether this is high-quality celluloid when it is already too late - namely after the film has been developed. If you come across a particularly favorable offer, first ask the dealer about the film manufacturer. Kodak, Ilford and Fujifilm, for example, are among the recommended products.

2. Note shelf life

Unlike digital cameras, single-use cameras have draining materials such as batteries and the film. Therefore, pay attention to the expiration date before buying a single-use camera. It is true that it is not food that is inedible just days later. However, expired batteries can leak and discarded films can be discolored.

3. Technical refinements

Even if single-use cameras are easy to use, there are a few technical tips that you should keep in mind. The most important information relates to the ISO or ASA classification. The 35mm film should have at least ISO 200, better ISO 400. We do not recommend ISO 800 and higher, as the grain, i.e. the "analog noise", appears visibly coarse. If you take pictures indoors, it is better to use disposable cameras with a flash. Finally, you should consider the distance to the subject, i.e. the close focus limit, which is printed on most cameras. Subjects below this limit appear blurred and blurred.

4. Let develop

Disposable cameras are so named because that is exactly what they are - intended for single use. You hand in the fully shot film including your camera, for example at Rossmann, DM or other dealers with a photo department. Do not try to open the camera - otherwise you will destroy the film and the pictures will be unusable. Please note: Some dealers charge a flat fee for disposing of the camera. Therefore, find out in advance whether your dealer charges this fee.

5. Models for vacation

In addition to weddings and festivals, single-use cameras are also suitable for holidays. Above all, waterproof models are ideal for beach and underwater shots. A little tip for diving photographers: it is better to use disposable cameras with a higher ISO light sensitivity and forego the flash, which would brighten up dirt floating around in the water. You should also focus your recordings on the most important moments. Because what many people tend to forget in the age of digital photography: Analog film comes to an end at some point. Usually it is over after 24 or 36 exposures. It is therefore advisable to take at least one more disposable camera with you - or a digital camera straight away. The best models for vacation can be found in this article.

Disposable camera: Fujifilm Quicksnap

The Fujifilm Quicksnap is suitable for all celebrations at a low price of 11.50 euros. The single-use camera is equipped with an ISO 400 and a film for 27 pictures. We recommend using the built-in flash and taking photos in good lighting conditions. According to Amazon users, using it in a dark environment is not recommended.

At Amazon, the Fujifilm Quicksnap achieved 3 1/2 out of 5 stars from 39 customer reviews and is number 1 among Amazon's bestsellers in the single-use camera category.

Underwater camera: Fujifilm Quicksnap Marine

Fujifilm is also one step ahead when it comes to single-use underwater cameras. So if you want to take pictures underwater while on vacation, the Fujifilm Quicksnap Marine is the best choice. The camera has ISO 800 and has space for 27 pictures. The manufacturer specifies a maximum water depth of 10 meters. This should be enough for simple pictures on the beach or while snorkeling. According to Amazon customer reviews, the quality of the images varies, but for a low price of 12 euros you can hardly go wrong.

On Amazon, the Fujifilm Quicksnap Marine achieved 3 1/2 out of 5 stars from 87 customer reviews.