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The best disposable cameras in 2020

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Looking for the best disposable camera? Suitable for weddings, parties and more, disposable cameras are the one guest you don’t want to leave off the ‘invite’ list. The low cost, and ease of use, mean they can also be great for use where the is a risk oof losing or damaging a a more expensive smartphone or digital camera.

While most might have assumed the digital photography revolution of the past 20 years had destroyed the market for the cheap single-use camera containing a roll of film that, once all its frames have been exposed, is then submitted for processing, it seems that the market for disposable cameras has undergone something of a resurgence.

No longer manufactured just from cardboard and plastic, contemporary disposable cameras may come with waterproof housing – making them eminently more creatively versatile than your average phone or dedicated camera, which typically can't be used underwater, despite costing many times more.

There’s also the fact that disposable cameras are even easier to use than a smartphone or dedicated camera. With one large shutter button, operation is the proverbial no brainer. So unlike a smartphone or camera, you shouldn’t have to hand a disposable camera to the recipient complete with a long explanation attached. Anyone from the kids to grandma can have fun with them – and don’t forget the end result is you’ll have physical prints as keepsakes to last for years.

Handily you can buy either individual cameras, or money-saving multi packs if you have a suitable occasion for stress-free, risk-free photography coming up.

With the above in mind, let’s have a look at a bunch of the best disposable cameras you can buy right now…

Color

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1. Fujifilm Quicksnap Flash

Go anywhere, shoot anything option thanks to built-in flash

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO400 | Number of exposures:: 27 | Lens: 32mm f/10 | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Inexpensive all-in-one disposable option
Has the advantage of a body-integral flash
Better value if bought in multipacks

Pre-loaded with ISO400 Fujifilm 35mm roll film providing 27 exposures, you’ll probably want to make use of that built-in flash with its three-metre range in gloomier conditions. Alternatively, use this small fixed aperture and single fixed shutter speed camera in mainly in bright light outdoors. While it may not be sophisticated, it serves the purpose for which it was created.

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2. Kodak FunSaver Single Use Camera

Disposable point ‘n’ hope camera with a generous 39 exposures

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO400 or 800 | Number of exposures:: 39 (or 27) | Lens: 30mm f/10 | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Generous number of exposures
Can be processed by any high street processing outlet
Need to allow flash to charge before taking a  picture
Photo quality cannot compare with an SLR

This brightly colored disposable camera ups the usual 27 exposures to a generous 39 on Kodak Kodacolor film and comes with a built-in flash offering a 4ft to 10ft range. This is all wrapped in a durable plastic casing that should withstand a few knocks. It feels like the adage ‘can’t go wrong’ should have been invented for photographic propositions such as this. Note: 27-exposure versions of this camera also exist, but the "27+12" 39-exposure option is usually better value.

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3. AgfaPhoto LeBox 400

Regular single use disposable with integral flash

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO400 | Number of exposures:: 27 | Lens: not specified | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Body integral flash with four-metre range
Easy to use
No waterproofing
ISO400 means pictures outdoors unless you want to rely on the flash

A non-waterproofed, regular-use point and shoot disposable camera featuring built–in flash with four metre range and batteries from the instantly recognisable Agfa brand, this is another option for parties and social gatherings where you want something to pass around without stressing that it will be lost or damaged. Again we get a standard 27 exposures to shoot with. When finished, just send it off or drop it in to your local high street processor.

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4. Kodak Flash Disposable Camera

Simple-to-use single use point and shooter with flash

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO800 | Number of exposures:: 27 | Lens: 30mm f/10 | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Does what it states on the box
Can be processed by any high street processing outlet
No waterproofing provided

Loaded with Kodak Max Versatility 800 speed film providing 27 exposures and equipped with a manual flash that needs to be ‘charged’ – by holding down a button – between each use, this is your bog standard disposable camera, being lightweight and compact enough to slip into any pocket. An advantage over some competitors is that the combination of ISO800 and flash makes it suitable for party pictures in dimly lit rooms.

Black-and-white

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5. Ilford XP2 Black & White Camera

Black & white film photography on the cheap

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Black & white | ISO speed:: ISO400 | Number of exposures:: 27 | Lens: 30mm f/9.5 | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Low-cost black and white camera
Can be developed by standard color labs
Built-in flash

With a focus range from one metre to infinity, this 35mm disposable option from film experts Ilford is strictly a monochrome shooter. The key details include 27 exposures from a roll of XP2 Super 400 ISO film and a built-in flash to provide added visual punch. A big advantage is that you can take the unit to any high street processing centre to get the prints developed, as the XP2 film uses the same process as C41 color negative. Neat!

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6. Lomography Simple Use Black & White

Monochromatic point and shooter

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Black & white | ISO speed:: ISO400 | Number of exposures:: 36 | Lens: 31mm, f/9 | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Film roll can be removed & camera re-used
Features a built-in flash to lift the gloom
Re-loading with film is possible (at user’s own risk)
Pricier than your strictly disposable camera

This ‘simple use’, as opposed to single use, camera can actually be used again if you’re brave enough to re-load it ‘at your own risk’ once you’ve shot the initial 36 frames of Lady Grey film, says its manufacturer. Fine grain, characterful black and white images is the appeal here – but if you do want to use it again with a roll of color film loaded, you can. ‘Analogue madness’ says its manufacturer. We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

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7. Ilford HP5 Black & White Camera

Disposable camera with flash shooting in monochrome

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Black & white | ISO speed:: ISO400 | Number of exposures:: 27 | Lens: 30mm f/9.5 | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Grainy black and white film images with bags of character
Good option for those missing that filmic Ilford look
Built-in flash
Black and white only
No waterproofing

An alternative to Ilford’s XP2 film loaded single use camera is this one, alternatively loaded with HP5 Plus 400 ISO film instead. Focusing from one metre to infinity, this will deliver black and white images, while its built-in flash provides a useful creative fall back when you’re not shooting outdoors with plenty of natural daylight. Despite the plastic casing to the front perhaps indicating otherwise, this option isn’t waterproof. So stick to the urban jungle, not the local water park!

Waterproof

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8. Fujifilm Quicksnap Marine

Risk-free snapping in the wet or the dry

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO800 | Number of exposures:: 27 | Lens: 32mm f/10 | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Disposable and waterproof at the same time
Simple enough for anyone to use
Costs a tad more than a non-waterproofed alternative
No built-in flash

This is not just a disposable camera... it is an underwater camera too! Waterproofed to a depth of 10 meters (17 feet), you may be paying a slight premium here for the plastic housing, but we reckon it’s worth it. Pre-loaded with Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 800 color film, there are 27 frames with which to capture the poolside fun. Exposure is fixed at 1/125sec at f/10, so look to shoot in sunnier conditions to achieve the best eventual prints.

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9. Kodak Sport Underwater Camera

Go deeper than most waterproofed cameras with this ‘hands-free’ contender

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO800 | Number of exposures:: 27 | Lens: Not specified | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Waterproofed to a deeper depth than most competitors
Wrist strap provided for ‘hands free’ transportation
No built in flash
For daylight and outdoor use only

Here’s a funky looking camera for making a splash with. It features tangibly large controls that should prove no problem for younger family members to operate. There’s no flash with this one, as it’s intended for use down to watery depths of 50 feet / 15m. Loaded with Kodak Ultra Max 800 film for clearer pictures beneath the waves, we’d otherwise advise outdoor and daylight use only. With a sunscreen and scratch resistant lens the film sits within a durable and shock-proof shell.

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10. AgfaPhoto LeBox Ocean 400

Wet or dry, this disposable can handle it

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO400 | Number of exposures:: 27 | Lens: Not specified | Viewfinder: Direct vision + sports finder | Modes: Auto

Suitable for use in the pool, when snorkelling or surfing
Sand proofed too for photos on the beach
Waterproofed to a relatively modest depth of 3M
ISO400 film means outdoor use only
No flash

A ‘one size fits all’ option for holidaymakers, this Agfa branded camera with flip up plastic ‘sports finder’ can function in the wet as well as the dry – and greatly aids accurate composition underwater. Its plastic outer case, meanwhile, protects against sand and splashes. Loaded with ISO400 film, up to 27 exposures are provided. This one can’t be used as deep as some alternatives, as it’s waterproofed to just three metres, but that should make it just fine for pool use.

Bulk packs

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11. Fujifilm Quicksnap Flash Twin Pack

Go anywhere, shoot anything option thanks to built-in flash

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO400 | Number of exposures:: 27 x 2 | Lens: 32mm f/10 | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Inexpensive all-in-one disposable option
Built-in flash
Twin pack can be great value

With multi pack bundle deals varying between territories, one consistent is this Fuji twin pack option loaded with Superia X-TRA ISO400 film providing 27 exposures each, or 54 total. The thinking being that two cameras are better value than one, you’ll probably want to make use of that built-in flash with its three-metre range in gloomier conditions, or use this small fixed aperture and single fixed shutter speed camera in mainly in bright light outdoors. 

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12. Fujifilm Quicksnap Waterproof 3-pack or 4-pack

A quartet or trio of cameras for both the wet and the dry

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO800 | Number of exposures:: 27 x 3 or 4 | Lens: 32mm f/10 | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Disposable and waterproof at the same time
Four cameras - great for pool parties, and beach holidays
Simple enough for anyone to use
Costs a tad more than a non-waterproofed alternative but this bundle deal is good value, 
No built-in flash

Want a bunch of cameras for a social occasion, or to hand out to guests at a wedding? While waterproofed cameras generally cost slightly more than the standard variety for use on land, here we get a pack of waterproof cameras at a value added price, capable of use down to a depth of 10 metres (17 feet). Pre-loaded with Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 800 color film, there are 27 frames with which to capture the fun in the pool. As exposure is fixed at 1/125sec at f/10, we reckon sunnier conditions will deliver the best prints. Available in packs of three or four, depending on where you shop - so compare prices carefully.

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13. Kodak FunSaver 5-pack or 10-pack

Disposable point ‘n’ hope camera with a generous 39 exposures

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO400 or 800 | Number of exposures:: 39 (or 27) x 5 or 10 | Lens: 30mm f/10 | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Generous number of exposures
Can be processed by any high street processing outlet
Need to allow flash to charge before taking a  picture

Grab yourself fistful – or more - of disposable cameras with bundle deals on this Kodak single use camera, which offers the advantage of up to 39 exposures, whereas most others max out at 27 shots. We also get a built in flash with a decent 4ft to 10ft reach, encased in a durable plastic sell that should withstand a few knocks. Again, you can’t really go wrong for the price either if buying this camera on its own or in a pack such as this. With multipacks available with 5, 6, 10 or 20 cameras - you have lots of bulk buying options. Do check that the cameras offered are the ones with the 39 cameras (27+12, as Kodak calls it).

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14. Novocolor Disposable Cameras with Flash – 5 pack

A fistful of value-for-money single use cameras, all with built in flash

Type: Single-use | Film format: 35mm | Film type: : Color | ISO speed:: ISO400 or 800 | Number of exposures:: 27 x 5 or 10 | Lens: Not specified | Viewfinder: Direct vision | Modes: Auto

Value for money
Processing when exposures are all spent is via any high street processing outlet
Choice of 5x or 10x multipacks
Not a known brand

If you’re looking for maximum bang – or should that be flash – for your buck, then look closely at this fistful of five cameras with integral flash bearing the Novocolor brand. While the name may not be familiar the proposition is; namely a useful 27 film exposures with flash per camera and a construction utilizing ‘high quality material’, it’s claimed. Available in either packs of five or ten.

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