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When going on short holidays where I am unlikely to be taking huge numbers of photos, I tend to opt for disposable cameras, as there is less likelihood of me being so upset if it was lost or stolen. We were headed for Tenerife for the weekend, and I decided to buy and try out this Kodak Sport Single Use Camera because:
a) I trusted Kodak to be one of the better camera brands, of both disposable, analogue and digital cameras, so I hoped that this would meet my expectations.
b) It was under £10 in Boots, which is an acceptable price even though there were less than 30 exposures available.
and c) Because it claimed to be waterproof, so it would be perfect to use in the pool, in the sea, or other wet places which may have damaged a typical digital camera, which would have been a big loss as they are expensive.
First of all, let me just point out that, being a disposable camera, of course the picture quality was not going to be as clarified and clear as the ones of which you get in high megapixel digital cameras. Nevertheless, the picture quality was clearer than I had expected, so I was pleased. It took good pictures on both land and in water. However, one major fault of this is that it is not equipped with a flash function so it was near impossible to take good pictures in the dark; and it was also hard to get clarified pictures underwater where there was little light. But all in all, I was very impressed with the picture and colour quality, as it was by far better than the quality of the pictures from disposable cameras of which I have tried before this one.
Another fault is the small viewfinder, which makes it hard to see properly through because of its miniscule sizing- but then, that can be expected from a waterproof camera which aims to prevent water from getting into the machine. The winding button, however, took some time to work, which was quite a shame because some ideal spur of the moment picture opportunities were missed out because of this. However, I was not too disappointed as I had got good enough pictures from the camera already, and I did not expect the same speed as you received from digital cameras.
All in all, a good enough disposable camera for a good price from Kodak- better than many I have tried so far within its price range. I would recommend this for holidays and short breaks, especially if you are going somewhere with ideal scuba diving potential! This prevents you from losing expensive digital cameras, either by getting them stolen on broken because it has come into contact with too much water. Of course, its downsides should be taken into account before deciding to purchase this disposable camera, but you cannot expect too much from a disposable camera within its price range. I would therefore reward this with four out of five stars.
I think I have only written a couple of photography reviews and both of them have been about disposable cameras! It just goes to show that I love the concept of film cameras and the element of surprise behind the whole development process. The Kodak Sport Single Use Camera is priced at £6.40 currently on Amazon.co.uk and I find this to be reasonable. Offering just 27 exposures I were a little underwhelmed at first, but that is the standard number of exposures expected with these types of camera. Unfortunately this camera also doesn't have a flash, but the joys of disposable cameras are the unpredictability and this one has that by the bucketload!
Taking a photo with this camera isn't the easiest of tasks. The main issue is that the viewfinder is so small. As the camera is designed for underwater use due to it being waterproof I think the whole process of taking an image could be improved. The camera works the same as other disposables, with a simple wind on function before/after a photo is taken. The hard case of the camera gives the feel of a really robust camera, it looks and feels decent quality too.
The ultimate proof that this camera is a worthwhile purchase is the end result. Although I had taken some shots under water i had also got quite a few on dry land, but the results were most surprising. The performance of the camera under water really did impress me, with a few clear and decent shots, some images were a bit blurry but I put this down to my skills rather than the camera itself. The 'dry' shots were also satisfying, with no complaints at all with their quality.
If you are going away on holiday or even just to the local swimming pool I can recommend this camera. Though be careful at taking a camera to a swimming pool as they are probably banned! An affordable disposable camera that will withstand 15m of water and take clear and precise images in it no problems!
I wanted to take loads of photos during the summer when i went on a camping trip with the girl guides. I mainly intended to take photos of the scenery and the camp to show my children and husband. I do have a lovely little digital camera but couldn't risk taking it incase it got lost, or wet when raining so i decided to buy a one use disposable camera. I have used disposable cameras before and found a few to be useless and photos not turning out however after spotting the Kodak sport single use camera i decided to try the brand out after all it was more expensive, a good brand and waterproof.
Kodak sports single use camera cost £8.99 from the Kodak store although the camera can be purchased from Amazon uk for slightly less. It comes boxed with a paper instruction booklet explaining simply how to use the camera and the functions.
The camera takes no batteries and has a simple wind function wheel on the back to forward onto take the next picture, i liked how simple the camera is.
Kodak sports single use camera is lightweight weighing roughly 150g. It is compact in size also so fits nicely into pockets when your on the go. The camera is yellow in colour , has the red Kodak brand written on it with some blue splash designs added over parts of the yellow, the blue parts are made of rubber this adds to the grip this is especially good if used with wet hands.
Kodak sports single use camera takes 27 photos and can be used under water to a maximum depth of 15 meters. The features are very basic like i would expect with this kind of camera like it has a fixed focus four foot and five foot under water. The camera is shockproof and has a 35mm ultra max 800 film according to the packaging.
Using the camera is very simple because it only has one button to push when taking the picture and a wheel for winding the film on and a little window showing how many pictures have been used. I found it really easy to use and took loads of outdoor pictures and when i got home from my trip i used the rest of the film up in a pool under water snapping pictures of my son making funny faces. I had hoped the under water pictures of my son would be good as there was a lot of light in the pool but none of these snaps turned out.
Most of my camping pictures were blurry, dull and unrecognisable photos no use. I was really disappointed with this camera. I even took lovely pictures of my group in the sunshine having a picnic and these turned out ok but still blurry looking.
This is not the cheapest of disposables and it has no flash. I think a flash could have made a difference really. I would not recommend the Kodak sports single use camera its a waste of money.
My little one is a total water baby and loves to go to the swimming pool, we started her young with mother and baby sessions and she is therefore very comfortable in water. I decided to buy this camera to take some shots of her in the pool while we were on holiday as we did not have any. It cost £8.99 and you get 27 pictures in total although after looking at the results we have probably only got about four decent shots of our little one out of the whole set which is rather disappointing. The shots we took of scenery and the couple on land were ok but of the 15 or so underwater the success rate was low and for other shots a conventional camera will suffice. Also be aware that this camera is only suitable for out door shots or when there is a lot of light as it does not come with a flash.
The camera is a bright yellow and blue combination of colours with a splash pattern on it. IT has a sort of plastic rubber coating to keep it waterproof and certainly this works fine as none of our pictures were affected by water getting in just a rather poor camera lens quality I guess and our own inadequacy at taking pictures. It is a light camera and also it floats which is useful when using it in water.
The camera has a fairly small focus range which is fixed so you have to get quite close up to your subject which can be a challenge with a young one splashing about. The fixed range is 4 feet on land and 5 feet when in the water.
Whilst it is a simple point and press and so very easy to use I have to say that the results have been rather disappointing, too many blurred images when pictures were taken underwater, partly this is due to the difficulty of using a small view finder underwater, there was a certain element of point and hope about our picture taking
Personally I would not buy this camera again, if I want underwater shots I would invest in a case for my camera or spend a bit more and get a proper waterproof camera. This one supposedly has a depth of 15m but we never tested this out as all the shots were in a pool.
==Kodak Sport Single Use Camera==
Living on an island means that we get to spend far more time down the beach than the majority of other English people and I absolutely love it as does little Jack. The water maybe freezing more or less all the time but we still venture in and have a good go at swimming and splashing around.
The Kodak Sport Single Use Camera is ideal if you don't fancy taking your all singing all dancing digital camera to the beach as this one offers a great protection against the elements including water and can even take shots under the sea!
We picked up this camera from Boots for around £5 but it was on a 3 for 2 offer with all the other single use camera and I purchased three at the same time. Using digital cameras is okay but I miss having to get my prints printed out and seeing what I have taken. Digital has just lost all the fun for me.
The Kodak Camera is a chunky blue plastic design that looks what it is, a disposable camera. It does however have a rather sporty and a little better than the cardboard encased cameras I have bought before. The camera will take 27 single shots and the display on the top will let you know how many shots you have remaining in the camera which is very helpful.
Each time you take a picture you have to wind the camera on with the big chunky dial on top of the camera. This is easy to do with a good grip and something that, having been using digital for so long, feels rather alien.
The viewfinder of the camera is another alien aspect that with the digital camera I own having the LCD display you forget all about looking through one of these but after a few shots it becomes natural again and the area to look through although small does the job needed. Taking each picture is simple with the push button on the top and I must say that using it and not having to worry about protecting it all the time was one of the main draws.
We used the camera on the beach on a few occasions before all the film was used up. I took a few in the water but to be fair the murky English sea wasn't appealing enough to go to the depths that this is waterproof to so I can't comment on how it fairs under the sea. However on taking the camera to Boots to be processed and paying the excessive charges (you also forget about these when using a digital camera and printing from home) was another easy step and I couldn't wait to get the pictures back.
The quality of the pictures was really rather good and I think probably has inproved a bit since I used to use these camera on a regular basis. There was only 1 or 2 out of the whole batch that were slightly blurry but I suspect this was more to do with the picture taker than the camera itself. Most of the photos came out sharp and clear and really not far off the quality of a basic digital camera, maybe slightly better.
Overall I was really impressed with this camera. I think the photos I got were probably some of the best I had taken for ages and I liked the fact I didn't have to worry about the camera as it is sturdy and really quite robust. I think I will be more than likely be purchasing one of these camera again in the future and I would highly recommend them to anyone.
A top score of 5 out of 5 stars is in order here!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
many thanks for taking the time to read.
Before going on holiday to the Maldives I decided to buy a waterproof disposable camera. I bought the Kodak waterproof camera because it was only £8.99 and looked like it would do the job just fine. There is no flash on it and going on the fact that I would always be using the camera outside; I didn't think it was needed.
As you can tell from the heading our results were very disappointing and many were just grey blurs.
*Price and availability*
The waterproof camera is available in many shops and online. I bought mine from my local supermarket but Amazon stock it for £7.62.
The camera measures 13.2 x 11.9 x 5.3 cm so it is not much bigger than the regular disposable camera. It weighs 159g so it is nice and light and not cumbersome to be lugging round the beach all day. The camera is blue and yellow and the overall design implies it is to be used in water as it has images of splashes on the side. The feel of the camera is that it is slightly rubberised. This, I imagine, is to help with the waterproof element, however it also makes it easy to hold, especially with wet fingers. There is view finder at the top to look through and at the back is the dial to wind the camera on.
A good point to note is that the camera also floats so don't worry if you let go, even though it does come with a little rubber cord so you can wrap it round your wrist.
* It is loaded with 35mm ultra max 800 film.
* 27 exposures
* Waterproof up to 15m
* Fixed-focus camera (4 ft. away on land and 5 ft. away underwater)
The camera is very easy to use and you simple point it at your chose subject, hit the button and then wind the film on for the next shot. There is a little view finder at the top to look though. I did not want a camera with fancy features; I just wanted to be able to take it in the water and take photograph.
It is quite hard to take photographs under water and the view finder is quite small to look through especially through goggles. However you are never going to be able to compose the perfect shot when your subject and yourself is bobbing around; therefore we just took the photograph and hoped for the best.
The images we produced were mixed; out of 27 we had about 15 which were good and were a mix of images from in the sea and around it on land. We had some real gems where we took photographs of each other wearing our snorkelling gear underwater. We even had some success with photographing a starfish. (the only static sea creature!)
I think in regards to the underwater shots, 15m is fairly deep and a flash could have made a big difference to the quality of some of our photographs; when we were diving it was amongst the backdrop of the reefs and slightly under the island so it was quite dark. Many of the underwater pictures were dingy, dark and blurry.
The camera behaved as expected and when doing some water sports it was nice to have a camera that we didn't have to worry about getting wet. We were a bit disappointed with the results and will not be buying the camera agsin. For just a bit more of the amount I paid for the camera plus the processing asnd printing chanrges, I would recommend anyone with a small camera to shop around for a waterproof case. You can get some really good designs for as little as £20 and you get to work with a good quality camera that you are used to and still take it under the water!
Our last holiday was to Egypt. We are both keen snorkellers but I always get the job of taking the photos as my wife doesn't venture too far from the boat or the end of the jetty.
For the last couple of beach holidays we have bought a couple of waterproof cameras prior to departure. This year we forgot and we were at the airport before I remembered I had forgotten. I wasn't prepared to pay airport shop prices so we left it until we were in resort before venturing out to one of the local shops to see what we could find.
Now anyone who has been to the Red Sea coast will know that all the shop owners stand outside their shops and beckon you inside with a variety of ruses to get at your money. Quite a few shops sold cameras and had the Kodak sign at the window, including a supermarket (which I was surprised at and which also turned out to be the most expensive) so we visited them all.
Whilst my wife browsed the cheap tat and suntan oil, I did my research and got the best price from each of 3 shops. Of course, playing one off against the other always works as they don't like to see custom going elsewhere, so I reckon I got a pretty good deal in the end with a few other items, in a total of 6 purchases for which I paid the equivalent of about 15 pounds. Included amongst the 6 items was a single use disposable camera, the waterproof Kodak Sport single use camera. Somewhat ironically, this was the only item I had gone in to actually buy so whether it was a true bargain or not is debatable! They were £11.99 at the airport and are around a tenner online.
The Kodak sport 35mm camera has 27 exposures and is loaded with Kodak Ultra Max 800 film. It comes in a blue and yellow rubberised case (my wife thought it was much prettier than the Fuji equivalent we saw) and is shockproof and waterproof to up to 15m - plenty deep enough for me when snorkelling.
As is typical with cameras of this sort, there are no fancy features. You just point and shoot and hope you get a decent shot. For this reason, you don't expect to get fantastic quality. The camera doesn't pretend to be any better than it is, but doesn't tend to produce photos of the best quality.
We had it developed when we returned and only had 19 prints returned out of the 27, According to the negatives. the others were just a dark grey blur. All of the photos were taken underwater but most of them were pretty poor. It has to be said, it was mostly the fault of the inconsiderate fish who kept moving! Some of the prints were blurred and indistinct but I am prepared to accept that this was probably my fault rather than the camera.
Somehow, before returning to Blighty, I anticipated a poor outcome for these underwater shots and on the final day whilst using up our currency I bought a selection of nice postcards featuring brightly coloured fishy-wishies which at least served as a recognisable reminder of fish we had actually seen - and one or two larger fiercer looking ones that we were pleased we hadn't.
I have come to the conclusion that this and other similar cameras are of very limited value for taking underwater photos. The camera did its job and stayed watertight - the very basic requirement of a waterproof camera - but the conditions and the fact that I'm not much of a photographer just made it too difficult to get photos you could be proud of.
I will give the camera a charitable 4 stars and the photographer an equally charitable one star!
I recently bought one of these on holiday in Egypt. I meant to buy one in the UK before i left but as one of the key attractions of Sharm el Sheikh is the snorkelling these were readily available, for a premium i might add - i payed the equivalent of £12 for this camera - it is available in the UK for between £7-£9.
What is it?
Quite simply its a Kodak single use/disposable camera inside a thick plastic case. It will take 27 photos, there is a small photo counter on the top of the camera which tells you how many shots you have left. Being a single use camera it uses 35mm film which has to be wound on using a pretty large and sturdy switch to turn on the top of the camera - the size is handy when you're trying to wind on the film underwater. The button to take the picture is on the front of the camera at the top and is quite small, its actually a little hard to use - my main criticism of the camera really.
The plastic casing looks and feels very robust, it looks quite thick but this doesn't impair your ability to see through the viewfinder to take a picture and doesn't have any impact on the quality of the photos. It easily withstood small shocks (i.e. being dropped both in the hotel and on the beach!) it also floats! - very helpful when you let go of it in the water! Kodak do provide you with what can only be described as a big blue rubber band which acts as a strap but this is a little flimsy.
All in all the camera feels pretty good and sturdy and is pretty easy to operate underwater, the button to take the photo is a bit fiddly but you get used to it.
It was a bit hard to take photos looking through a snorkel mask and the viewfinder in the camera but the photos came out surprisingly well. The quality of the photos will of course depend on the environment - where i was the water was very clear and the light was very good so most of the photos came out well - they were clear and the colours were bright. Some of the photos i tried to take at deeper depths didnt come out as well, primarily because the light was poorer and without a flash the picture was quite dark.
All in all i think this is a pretty good little underwater camera. Its not fancy so dont expect the same picture quality as a top of the range digital camera but it does the job. If you frequently take photos underwater several people on holiday had a digital camera which could be used in the water - this could be an alternative. I would also recommend buying before going on holiday - likely to be cheaper.