Saturday, December 03, 2005

Disposable Cameras Can Save the Day

One of the best parts of going on vacation or spending a special day out with family or friends is taking photos that will preserve the great memories of the occasion for years and years to come.  Many years ago, you were basically out of luck if you forgot to bring your camera along for the trip.  These days, however, that's not the case at all.  All you have to do is purchase a disposable camera and you'll be able to snap as many photos as the camera can hold.

Many major camera manufacturers currently have disposable cameras on the market.  That means you can buy one from Kodak, Fujifilm, Konica, and Beverly Clark, just to name a few.  The quality of one disposable camera to the next across these different brands is pretty uniform.  The only noticeable differences show up when it comes time to choose between a few options, such as flash, film speed, and number of exposures.  So instead of just grabbing the first disposable camera that you see on the shelves, you should take a moment to consider the general lighting conditions that you will experience and read the labels so that you can select an appropriate model.

The actual prints from disposable cameras are of reasonable quality.  They are more or less what you would expect from a camera that doesn't have a zoom lens.  For the most parts, the pictures turn out well, but let's face it:  You're not going to get great contrast, vivid colors, or sharp focus from a disposable camera.  The point here is that disposables are a convenient short-term replacement for your regular camera.

Even though the pictures aren't of excellent quality, that doesn't mean you should steer clear of these products altogether.  In fact, because the print quality of disposable cameras is so reasonable, it is now popular to give these products away as party favors at occasions where you would definitely want to take pictures.  For example, if you go to a wedding reception these days, chances are you will find a disposable camera at each place setting, or at the very least, at each table.  This is also a common practice at proms and other formal events.  Disposable cameras make wonderful goody-bag items for more informal parties as well.

Disposable cameras are widely available at convenience stores, gas stations, drug stores, grocery stores, and pretty much anywhere else that you would be able to purchase rolls of film. They are also available at the gift shops of nearly every tourist attraction, theme park, zoo, or museum that you are likely to visit.  If you are planning on having a get-together and would like to include disposable cameras as party favors for your guests, you can also purchase them in multi-packs.  In fact, we offer several different types of multi-packs right here at  You can view them by clicking the "Disposable Cameras" link at the top of the page.

So the next time you forget to bring along your regular camera, there's no need to panic.  A disposable will get the job done for the day!

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