Where to Buy Disposable Cameras
Despite being well and truly in the digital age, the number of people searching for where to buy disposable cameras is actually increasing each year.
No matter what fancy dSLR or smart phone you own, the humble disposable camera is always going to be in high demand, as is any budget camera.
Let’s look first at where to buy disposable cameras that are cheap but also good quality, producing the best images that you can get out of something that is only meant to be used once.
We’ll also look at the merits of buying disposable cameras for weddings, and my advice on how to save money and get the best quality photos.
Whether you want to buy disposable cameras in bulk (for a wedding, perhaps), or just want something to keep in your handbag on a night out or your next holiday, there’s actually a really convenient way to buy disposable cameras available to all of us.
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Where to Buy Disposable Cameras
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of buying products via Amazon. When I’m in the UK, 90% of my shopping is done online with Amazon, and I can’t rate them highly enough.
Amazon is without a doubt my recommendation on where to buy disposable cameras.
If you have Amazon Prime Membership, you can take advantage of free delivery, which sometimes even arrives on the same day! This makes shopping on Amazon even more convenient than leaving the house to go shopping.
Amazon Prime also offers lots of other cool benefits, like free music and videos – there are often discounts on Amazon Prime membership, such as the one below:
When I was helping to organise a friend’s wedding last year, she was asking where to buy disposable cameras in bulk – 25 to be exact, one for each wedding table during the reception.
One Amazon search later and I came across these Fujifilm QuickSnap Flash Disposable Cameras, available in packs of 10.
They are also available in packs of 2, or in packs of 4, and cost roughly $6 each – if you’re looking for cheap disposable cameras, it doesn’t get any cheaper than this!
Despite them being so cheap, the Fujifilm QuickSnaps are actually pretty good! The flash is powerful, and the ISO (or ‘ASA’) is relatively high for a disposable camera (400), meaning that they handle lower light well.
Fujifilm is well known in the photography industry for making excellent film stock, so it’s no surprise that the photos out of the Fujifilm QuickSnap are good quality and sharp.
(Another option if you’re willing to spend a little more for better quality is the Kodak Fun Saver.)
So the short answer of where to buy a disposable cameras in bulk or just a couple is Amazon!
Disposable Cameras for Weddings
Buying disposable cameras for weddings is hugely popular. Some guests like wedding photo booths, but most prefer to use disposable cameras at their weddings since it’s so much more convenient.
Having a disposable camera sitting on each guest’s table at a wedding reception (or distributing them like in the photos above from WikiHow) means that each one of your guests is much more likely to take photos of each other than with a photo booth.
It’s also a great conversation starter to ensure that all your guests are talking on their tables – guests are forced to ask the person sitting next to them to take their photo, then reciprocate the favour. Compare this to a photo booth, where guests usually only ever involve themselves.
The ideal situation would be to have a photo booth and disposable cameras for weddings, to ensure you capture all your guests’ fun. However, when the budget isn’t quite there, disposable cameras are the next best bet.
As for where to buy your disposable cameras for weddings, there are many specialty companies which produce custom products just for this.
HOWEVER, I’d always recommend buying regular disposable cameras like this from Amazon for 2 reasons.
The cost of buying disposable cameras in bulk for weddings is often 1/3 the price of buying custom ones. You can get 10 Fujifilm QuickSnaps for around $55, i.e. $5.50 per camera!
Compare this to your average custom disposable wedding camera company which usually charges around $15 per camera, and wants you to adhere to minimum order quantities.
Weddings are expensive enough as it is – save some money and get your disposable cameras from Amazon ;-)
This is a big one. The disposable cameras used by custom wedding camera manufacturers are usually very low quality – they have to be, to keep prices down. Most of their cost goes into printing the fancy ‘jackets’ which house the camera, meaning that the actual camera itself isn’t great.
The Fujifilm QuickSnaps and the Kodak Fun Savers on the other hand have many great reviews of how good the quality of the image is.
With a powerful flash, Fujifilm’s legendary film stock and an ISO of 400, you’re pretty much guaranteed great photos every time!
Disposable Camera Developing
One thing that you should keep in mind when searching for where to buy disposable cameras is the actual costs involved in disposable camera developing.
Depending on where you live, the options for developing disposable cameras will be varied. If you live in America, or anywhere where there’s a Costco or a Walgreens, you’re in luck!
Not all Costcos and Walgreens support disposable camera developing, but a quick google research should find somewhere close to you that does. It’s also usually very cheap, and you have the option of having your prints scanned by the store too.
Yes that’s right – just because you’re using a disposable camera doesn’t mean you can’t have your photos digitized, to be emailed to your friends or shared on Facebook!
If you use disposable cameras for weddings, having the prints scanned, then put into an online album to be emailed to your guests is a great way to do it.
If you don’t live near a Costco or Walgreens, check your local pharmacies who still usually do disposable camera developing.
If you’re feeling game, here’s our guide on how to develop film at home.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do disposable cameras take good pictures?
You can take good, clear photos on a disposable camera if the conditions are good. That said, the main appeal of disposable cameras is that they’re quick, cheap, and fun. They offer you the charm of film photography without having to invest in equipment, and a limitation of this is not having control over your settings.
How much does it cost to develop a disposable camera?
The cost of developing a disposable camera will depend on where you’re located. If you’re in the US, you can find Costco or Walgreens stores that offer cheap film development. In other countries the cost may be higher.
How many pictures can you take on a disposable camera?
The standard number of exposures for disposable cameras like these found on Amazon is 27 per camera.
Can you get digital photos from a disposable camera?
Yes! One of the fun things about disposable cameras is that you don’t have to relinquish the opportunity to share your snaps on social media or to keep them digitally for future reproduction. Often stores who offer film development will also offer the option to digitize your prints.
Final Words on Disposable Cameras
No matter what level of photographer you are, or even if you’ve never taken a photo before, disposable cameras will always be popular.
Disposable cameras are cheap, light-weight, tough (you can drop them and it won’t matter), and are even available as waterproof disposable cameras for use on holiday at the pool.
If you’re ever in a situation where you just need to grab some quick snaps at night or during the day, and don’t want the hassle of an expensive (or fragile) camera, buy a disposable camera to capture your memories in the cheapest possible way. Happy snapping!
Disclaimer: All recommendations are impartial and based on user experience, with no bias to the products or the brand. The products in this post may contain affiliate links.