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The 'Fujicolour Quicksnap Flash' (Superia X-tra 400) disposable camera
I've used several different disposable cameras whilst travelling and I've found this one to be the best one. The price is around £7 with 27 exposures. Although I have other cameras available, I really enjoy using disposable film cameras since they are resistant to drops and knocks as well as given some really good quality photos. Altogether I've used around 5 of these cameras in the space of a few months - the film seems to be better quality than other disposables and the view finder is also bigger which makes it very nice to take photos with. I also like that there is a flash button at the front for you to flip up and on to charge. There is a handy red light indicator telling you that the flash is ready after you've flipped the switch. It takes only a few seconds to charge. In the past, I bought cheaper disposables e.g. a Kodax disposable camera which had a push switch and no light indicator for the flash. This led to the frustration of the flash being used when it wasn't required and wasting precious film as well since there were no indicators.
At the beginning when I first started using disposables, I found myself wasting several exposures and producing very blurry photos because I'd judged the focal distance incorrectly. With flash, the distance to get a good image is 1-3m and without flash and good lighting it is at least a metre. This is more difficult to judge than you would have thought, but after having my first one I can judge the distance a lot better and most of my photos develop.
In terms of the actual camera, it has the usual advance wheel and a simple click button to take a photo. When the wheel hasn't been turned, the film cannot be used. (The click is somewhat unspectacular potentially leaving you wondering whether you took the photo or not in a noisier environment!) There is a good indicator telling you how many exposures you have left and all the important information is well labelled. The size of the camera is around 10 x 5.5 x 3cm. This makes it a good size for carrying around even in a coat pocket. The camera is easy to open up if you want to take out the film.
I would recommend this camera, although it is an expensive habit...... so 4.5 stars from me!
Fujifilm single use camera Although I do own several cameras, from an SLR with a selection of lenses and filters thru to a point and click, with a digital camera on the wish-list in the near future, I still tend to use disposable cameras quite often. Now admittedly, they are not the cheapest way of doing things, often costing around the £7 mark, and that of course does not include developing and processing costs. I recently went to a ceilidh (renowned for a good galumphing session) and wanted to take a camera with me, but didn't have a camera small enough to fit into a trouser pocket that wouldn't give me an unsightly bulge (is that a camera in your pocket, or are you pleased to see me?), and as I wasn?t wearing a kilt, I didn't have a sporran to stick it in (I have found that sporrans are very disposable camera friendly unless you have got a hip flask in there of course...). I went for the Fujifilm single camera, as it was cheaper (ATS 149) than the equivalent Kodak single use camera (ATS 199). For that, I got a 27 exposure camera, with in built flash, with an 800 ASA Superia film. For shooting indoors the flash was of course necessary and the flash, charged using a button on the front, takes about 4 secs to charge. The button on the front could be pulled out to activate the flash automatically ? so that meant not having to set it between photos. Thereafter it is a question of point and click, and then wind on (manually). Of course, if you are keeping the camera in your pocket, then I would advise not winding on the camera until you are about to take the next photo, as otherwise you may end of lots of trouser pocket shots if you are not careful. I reeled of the film without any difficulty ? friends wanted proof of certain people actually dancing this time round... I put the camera in for processing and got the prints back, and was generally pretty pleased with them. Admittedly the flash is a bit weedy ? don
39;t try anything more than about 8 foot away (2.5 metres), but generally, coupled with the fact that there is a fast film in it (ASA 800 ? generally very good if you are shooting in poorish light or using zoom lenses) this gives you perfectly good pictures. Of course though the price to pay is quite a high one, but the camera is pretty indestructible, almost idiot proof (if you discount the fact that some people take a lot of trouser pocket shots!) and very compact, then this is a very good bet for any drunken nights out. It cost 6 quid for a double set of prints in overnight which was not too expensive, although 13 pounds for the whole experience is still quite a lot. However if, like some friends do, you carry one of these in your car, so that you can take shots in the event of an accident (this can really help speed up insurance claims etc.), this is a small price to pay for peace of mind. I have used Kodak and Fuji disposables before now, and tend to stick to Fuji as they are cheaper than the Kodak ones, and tend to go for the 25mm film ones rather than the APS ones, as they are also cheaper, and generally for fun, no hassle photos find them a good buy. The prints I get back are really not bad considering how cheap the cameras are, although in the long term the expense factor is something to thing about.